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Four Field Matrix

Four Field Matrix

A Four Field Matrix is an effective model for planning, organizing and making decisions. It is a two-dimensional chart that consists of four equal-sized quadrants, each will describe different aspects of information. It helps you organize your ideas or information in a logical manner that makes sense. Complex problems can be broken down into easier to handle groups by considering two of the important characteristics (represented on the X and Y axes). For example, a team may select the most appropriate improvement projects based on the implementation time and the resource availability. Sometimes it is referred to as the Four Quadrant Matrix or the Four Celled Matrix.

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Data Collection Plan Template

The main reason behind the Data Collection Plan is to provide a focused approach to data collection for any given study or project. It helps specifying the objective of the data collection, what data do we need, how are we going to collect it, and who is going to collect it. The goal is to answer questions such as whether the process is stable and capable, and whether the measurement system is accurate and capable.

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Risk Analysis

Risk Analysis

Risk Analysis is a process that helps identify and assess potential threats that could affect the success of a business or project. It allows to examine the risks and includes means to measure, mitigate and control them effectively. It is part of the larger process of risk management although risk management can also refer to the process of controlling and monitoring risks. Read more »»

PDCA Cycle

PDCA

The PDCA Cycle is a framework for problem solving, continuous improvement and change. It is widely recognized as the basis of continually improving the quality of processes, products, and services. It is an easy to remember four logical sequence steps: Plan, Do, Check and Act. It provides a simple and structured approach for solving quality-related problems. Multiple iterations of the PDCA cycle may be necessary to solve the problem permanently and reach the ultimate goal state. Read more »»

Gantt Charts

Gantt Charts

When managing projects, large number of activities are to be controlled and completed on time. If you miss a deadline, the costs may increase considerably and you may even be penalized. A Gantt Chart is a visual representation that provides an instant overview of the status of a project. It outlines all activities involved in a project against a timescale. A basic Gantt chart simply lists what needs to be done and when. It is often used by any industry that requires project management such as: construction, telecommunications, information technology and management consulting. Read more »»

Project Charter

Project Charter

A Project Charter is a one page document that summarizes the fundamental information of a project before it begins. It clarifies the project objectives and scope, addresses the needs of the stakeholders, and defines the roles and responsibilities of the project team. The information in the project charter is critical for obtaining leadership support and commitment to provide the necessary funding and resources. Once signed, it authorizes the project leader to formally start on the project and use the necessary resources and funding to complete the project successfully.

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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.

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Improvement Roadmap Template

An Improvement Roadmap is an approach for achieving improvement. It is a document that will guide through the implementation of a long-term goal or project. Whether you are a department manager, a Lean practitioner or Master Black Belt, this template will enable you to list your goals or improvement priorities, identify the baseline performance for each goal, identify where you want to be at some time in the future, and then identify the metrics that will be used to measure the performance over time.

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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 indices. 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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Improvement Roadmaps

Improvement Roadmaps

Our long-term project management and process improvement can be very complicated. We can drive with no fixed destination or time constraints. We need to know and understand where we are now, and then find the fastest and simplest way to achieve our targets. A map can always help to find our way! Read more »»

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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