Category Archives: Deciding and Selecting Templates

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 »

Cost Benefit Analysis Template

The Cost-Benefit Analysis provides a way to decide which proposed option or project is the most valuable. This template will allow decision makers to compare among several solutions or projects and select the one that offers the greatest return against the cost of implementation. For simplicity, the analysis results here are expressed as a payback period and as a benefit-cost ratio, assuming that all projects are short-term in nature. Read more »

Project Selection Template

The Project Selection Template is designed to provide management with information that supports the project selection process to ensure business priorities are taken into account. It helps identify the most appropriate improvement projects and prioritize them based on their potential impact to the business. This can also drive management commitment by giving them an opportunity to contribute to the continuous improvement effort. 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 »

Pareto Chart Template

The purpose of the Pareto Chart is to address the most important among a set of factors, the highest occurring type of defect, or the most frequent reasons for customer complaints, and so on. The Pareto principle states that, for many causes, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. A Pareto chart combines an ordered bar chart and a line graph. The left vertical axis represents the frequency of occurrence, while the right vertical axis represents the cumulative percentage of the total number of occurrence. Read more »

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 »