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Spaghetti Diagram

A spaghetti diagram is a quick and easy tool that can be used to trace the path of an item or activity or person through a process.

It can help you to identify wasteful or unnecessary steps in the work flow and opportunities to make the process more effective.
Below is an example of a spaghetti diagram of the layout of Child and Adolescent Mental Health admin office. It maps how members of staff move around the office. This simple data, captured quickly on just one working day, helped to redesign the office to save time, make the workplace safer and staff feel less frustrated.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Admin Office

Mapping your system can help you discover lots of issues and problems and then we need to understand why they are happening and what their root causes are. A range of tools exist to help you do a deeper dive.