Learn to draw creative decision tree diagram in PowerPoint 2010. Follow these simple step by step instructions to create this useful diagram for your business presentations.The diagram is stylish yet functional.

These types of diagrams are quite useful in strategy related presentations.

Here are some applications of the Decision tree diagram:
  • Use them to indicate outcomes of decisions taken at various points of the goal achievement process
  • Use them to indicate probability of occurrence of various results based on action taken
  • Use them to illustrate various alternative paths to complete a project
Let us learn to create this diagram in a simple step by step way.

Step 1: Creating the branches
The attractiveness of the diagram depends on the shape of the branches. Go to Auto shapes menu and draw two overlapping elliptical shapes using the ‘Oval’ tool:

Select the outer ellipse first and then the inner ellipse while holding down the ‘Shift’ tab. Click on ‘Shape subtract’ option on your Quick Access Toolbar.

You can cut this shape in two halves using a rectangle as shown below:

You can rotate the shape by 90° and use it as the branch for your decision tree. You can use different ‘Shape fill’ colors to suit your requirements.

Step 2: Creating the nodes
You can use a rectangle, rounded rectangle or an ellipse to serve as nodes for your decision tree. Here is an example of a simple decision tree in PowerPoint:

The red node indicates unfavorable outcome and the green node indicates favorable outcome.You can add as many branches and nodes as you want to suit your specific needs. Let us see some interesting variations of the diagram:

The following variation portrays the first level of Mind mapping process:


In the following diagram template we show merger of two idea sets: