Maintaining Fishbone Format

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My business makes extensive use of the fishbone concept. However, I rarely use Mindjet's template to make a fishbone because it seems clunky. Specifically, it doesn't really look like a fishbone and it loses even more of its familiarity during use.

Is there a way to maintain the 'backbone' configuration of the Fishbone template while adding and deleting sub-topics? The natural imbalance that occurs during the creation process tends to create steps, line angles and spacings that are inconsistent with a fishbone that should have a perfectly straight backbone off which there are angled bones. The balance around the backbone should stay the same regardless how many topics or sub-topics are added/deleted.

I've explored the many options but can't get it to align as hoped.

Thanks much.
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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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I agree that is not so easy to create a fishbone diagram in MindManager that has exactly the same layout as Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa developed at the University of Tokyo in 1943. The new diagramming  facilties in MM2018 help you just a little bit.

However, I would argue that the reasons why and the goal of creating such a cause and effect diagram are more important than the layout.

With that in mind Cause and Effect diagrams can be created effectively with MindManager. In our business practice we even use the timeline layout for these analysis.
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Why hasn't Mind Manager added a Ishikawa diagram that looks correct, works correct, and flows the correct direction?  This is by far the #1 use I would have for this tool, IF it supported as easy to flow building of fishbones as the other items.  Instead, I end up using other tools when I love this tool for everything else.  Year after year, release after release.