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Relationship Mapping

Relationship Mapping

A Relationship Map is a visual display that shows the relationships between individual items. It allows to see and analyze the logical links between the different elements of any situation. A simple example of a relationship map is your network of personal and social relations. Another example is what is called the Interrelationship Digraph which is a visual display of the cause and effect relationships involved in a process or problem.   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 »  


 

Fishbone Diagram

Fishbone Diagram

A fishbone diagram provides a structured way to identify and organize the potential causes of a problem. It allows to establish and present the cause-and-effect in an easy and understandable format. It is called this way because of its shape that looks like a skeleton of a fish. It is also called as cause-and-effect diagram and Ishikawa diagram after the man who created it. It is one of the seven basic tools of quality.

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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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Pareto Analysis

Pareto Analysis

Pareto is a principle that helps to focus on the most important matters to obtain the maximum benefits. It describes a phenomenon that a small number of high values contribute more to the total than a high number of low values. The main idea behind the Pareto analysis is to identify the ‘vital few’ from the ‘trivial many’. It is one of the seven basic tools of quality, and often referred to as the 80/20 principle and the law of the vital few.

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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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How-How Diagram

How-How Diagram

Once you have discovered why a problem occurs, you then need to find a permanent solution to the problem. In many cases, you don’t even need to analyze the root causes of a problem, you just need to solve the problem right away. These low hanging fruits may be quick wins or larger projects that may involve capital expenditure.   Read more »