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Failure Mode and Effect Analysis Template

Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) is a risk analysis tool that can be used to identify the points at which the process may fail. It is a systematic approach that identifies potential failure modes, their causes and effects, and identify actions to reduce or correct the failures. After identifying a high risk, it is necessary to do something about it. FMEA could be applied to manufacturing and non-manufacturing processes, and can be performed at the system, assembly or part level.

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Questionnaires

Questionnaires

A survey is a data collection method used to gather information from a selected group of people. It is used to collect written or verbal information in an organized and objective manner. A survey involves all aspects of the research process including: survey design and construction, data collection planning, data collecting, data processing and response analysis. The most common methods used to conduct surveys are questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and observations.

A questionnaire is a tool often used in research and statistical studies to collect and record information about a particular issue of interest.   Read more »  


 

Control Plan Template

A Control Plan is a document that describes what is required to keep a process at its optimum level after an improvement initiative. It helps ensure that the improvement that has been achieved will not deteriorate once the improved process is returned back to its owners. It often includes information such as the controls in place and performance indicators. It can also include a reaction plan that will help the team to know what to do in case of deviation.

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Force Field Analysis

Force Field Analysis

A Force Field Analysis is a decision making technique that can be used to analyze the pros and cons of any decision. It looks at the forces that are either driving or blocking movement toward making a decision. Better decisions are made by weighing up the pros and cons then determining the force that will win. This technique is widely used in the fields of organizational change and development, business process management, and social and cultural sciences.

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Improvement Roadmap

Improvement Roadmap

Our long-term continuous improvement effort can be complicated and a never-ending journey. A map can always be helpful in such situations to find the destinations and plan the best routes. A road map is a map that displays business-related information rather than natural geographical information. There are different types of roadmaps a business can use including: product, marketing, project, customer experience, change, and improvement roadmaps.

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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.

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Pugh Matrix

Pugh Matrix

A Pugh Matrix is a selection method used to compare and select the best solution from a set of alternative proposals. It helps determine which of the solutions are more valuable than the others. One advantage of this method is that it does not require a great amount of quantitative data. Furthermore, subjective opinions about one alternative versus another can be made more objective.

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Gantt Chart Template

A Gantt Chart is a way to graphically show progress of a project. It outlines all activities involved in a project and illustrates other project-related information such as: the start and finish dates of activities, completion percentages, responsible persons, and so on. Gantt charts are useful to keep the team and other relevant stakeholders informed of the progress of the project.

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Check Sheets

Check Sheets

Check sheets are manual data collection forms used to collect data in real time at the location where the data is generated. They can be used on a temporary basis (for example during a project) or be established for routine activities. They enable faster capturing and compiling of data, allow the data to be recorded in a consistent manner, and enable capturing essential contextual and descriptive information that otherwise may be overlooked or forgotten.   Read more »  


 

Affinity Diagram

Affinity Diagram

An affinity diagram is a grouping method for classifying items together into meaningful categories. It is often used to capture and group the output of brainstorming and problem-solving meetings in order to provide better understanding of the topic discussed. It allows to classify a large number of thoughts for further review and analysis. It is also known as KJ Analysis and Affinity Mapping.

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Importance Urgency Matrix

Importance Urgency Matrix

“We live in a time pressured world where it is common to have multiple overlapping commitments that all require immediate attention now. Urgency is no long reserved for special occasions, they are an everyday occurrences. How can one manage the flood of responsibilities, do excellent work and maintain a positive frame of mind?” (Stephen Covey)

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