chapter  22
Tree Diagrams
ByH. James Harrington
Pages 6

Tree diagram breakdown (drilldown) is a technique for breaking complex opportunities and problems down into progressively smaller parts. Start by writing the opportunity statement or problem under investigation down on the left-hand side of a large sheet of paper. Next, write down the points that make up the next level of detail a little to the right of this. These may be factors contributing to the issue or opportunity, information relating to it, or questions raised by it. For each of these points, repeat the process. This process of breaking the issue under investigation into its component part is called drilling down.