Category Archives: Creating Ideas Templates

Cause and Effect Matrix Template

The Cause and Effect Matrix is used to understand the relationship between causes and effects. Whenever an output variable drifts out of specification, that is an effect. When an effect goes out of specification, you need to rank the potential causes in terms of importance, and the causes with the highest overall score should be addressed first in improvement efforts. Read more »

Matrix Diagram Template

A Matrix Diagram is a table that allows sets of data to be compared to understand the relationship between them. It displays the existence and strength of the relationship between pairs of items of the data sets. The relationship is indicated by a number or symbol in each cell where each two items intersect in the matrix. Matrix diagrams can be useful in a wide range of applications including matching requirements with specifications and assigning responsibilities based on competencies. To learn more about matrix diagrams, please click here. Read more »

Flow Process Chart Template

A Flow Process Chart is a representation illustrating the sequence of activities within a process. This type of process map is preferable when documenting processes that are more sequential and containing few decisions. This template allows to record the steps of a process in a tabular format. It can be used to identify waste in processes by analyzing the non-value adding steps, long delays and excessive transportation. It then produces performance indicators such as: total value added time, distance traveled for transport activities, and value stream ratio. Read more »

A3 Problem Solving Template

A3 Thinking is a logical and structured approach to problem solving adopted by Lean organizations around the world. It allows to focus on the real issues while helping the team collaborate to gain deeper insight into problems. It is aligned with and supports the PDCA management philosophy. Read more »

Quality Function Deployment Template

The main idea behind the Quality Function Deployment (QFD) is to translate customer requests into solutions to meet those requirements. It is a methodology for taking the Voice of the Customer (VOC) and using that information to drive aspects of product development or process improvement. It allows for answers to questions such as: what do our customers need and want? how well are we doing relative to our competitors, and so on. Read more »