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SWOT Analysis Template

The aim of SWOT analysis is to understand the internal and external factors influencing the performance of a business, now and in the future. SWOT simply stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The outcome of any SWOT analysis workshop should provide the basis for further analysis and action. It should allow the business to capitalize on the strengths, take advantage of the opportunities, while minimizing the impact of the weaknesses and threats.

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Stakeholder Analysis Template

Stakeholder analysis involves identifying and analyzing the stakeholders that are likely to affect or be affected by a particular company activity, then planning to communicate and engaging with them. It is widely used in project management to develop engagement and cooperation between project team and project stakeholders. Other applications include conflict resolution, organizational transformation and change management.

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RACI Matrix

RACI Matrix

There are many ways to help clarify roles and responsibilities within a project, business process, or change initiative. Some prefer to use a hierarchical structure while others prefer to use a matrix-style format such as the RACI matrix. A RACI Matrix is a tool that brings clarity to the roles people play within a team working towards achieving a common goal. It describes the participation of the various roles in completing the required activities and deliverables.   Read more »  


 

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 »  


 

SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis

SWOT analysis is a simple and structured planning tool for reviewing and assessing the position and health of an organization. It allows the organization to look deeply within itself to understand the factors that influence its ability to achieve its goals. It can be helpful for an entire organization, a department, a business unit, a project, and even in personal development and career progression. SWOT simply stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

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Improvement Roadmap Template

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

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Stakeholder Analysis

Stakeholder Analysis

A Stakeholder is any party who may have an interest in an organization’s activity or could be affected by its outcomes. Stakeholders can be any internal or external individuals, groups, departments, business units, or organizations. Examples of stakeholders for an organization are employees, customers, suppliers, competitors, shareholders, financial institutions, government agencies, and the media.

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Kaizen Event Charter Template

Kaizen Events are focused improvement activities designed to improve a process or work area. They emphasize on the elimination of unnecessary non-value added activities. This will result in improved quality, efficiency, delivery, cost saving, standardized systems and employee engagement. You can think of a Kaizen event as a continuous improvement activity at the micro level as opposed to some of the other large-scale efforts such as Lean and Six Sigma.

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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 business roadmap is a map that displays business-related information rather than natural geographical information. There are different types of business roadmaps including: product, marketing, project, customer experience, change, and improvement roadmaps (which we’ll cover in this article).

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Importance Urgency Matrix

Importance Urgency Matrix

An Importance-Urgency Matrix is an effective method for organizing priorities. It is a two-dimensional chart that can be used to prioritize work activities as well as personal activities. It can be used for example when you or your team are unable to manage your work activities efficiently and effectively. It is also referred to as the Eisenhower’s Principle.

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