METHODS, TOOLS & TECHNIQUES

Methods, Tools & Techniques are vital to the success of any Six Sigma project whether DFSS or DMAIC. Every stage of a Six Sigma project recipe requires a mix of these methods, tools & techniques. Let us briefly review what do we mean by these keywords. Method is a way of doing something in a systematic way. Here word "systematic" implies an orderly logical sequence of steps or tasks. A tool provides a mechanical or mental advantage in accomplishing a task. Atechnique is a specific approach to efficiently accomplish a task in a manner that may not be immediately obvious.

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Descriptive Statistics
Descriptive Statistics is one of the simplest techniques used in quality management to obtain a meaningful insight into the data being analyzed. Click to read more >>

Box Plot
Box Plot provides an intuitive graphical representation of the five number summary of a dataset. The five number summary consists of Minimum, Q1, Q2 or Median, Q3, and Maximum of a dataset. John W. Tukey introduced the concept of Box Plot in his book Exploratory Data Analysis, published in 1977. It is also referred as Box & Whisker Plot. Click to read more >>

SIPOC
SIPOC is a high-level picture of the process that depicts how the given process is servicing the customer. It is an acronym for SuppliersInputs-Process-Outputs-Customers. Click to read more >>

Operational Definition
Operational definition is the first step towards effective management. It helps us build a clear understanding of a concept or a phenomenon so that it can be unambiguously measured. Click to read more >>

Benchmarking
Benchmarking is a standard by which something can be measured or judged. This term was first used by surveyors. They set a benchmark by marking a point of known vertical elevation. Therefore benchmark becomes a point of reference for a measurement. We benchmark everyday. We compare our performance, lifestyle, or a game of golf with friends and peers. What is benchmarking in a business environment? Click to
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a) an uncertainty and b) an impact in terms of potential loss (if it happens). from left to right. also called 80-20 rule or rule of vital few. Click to read more >> Affinity Diagram The process of affinity diagramming requires the team to categorize the ideas based on their subject knowledge thereby making it easy to sift and prioritize ideas. including topics like determining the sample size and selecting the sampling technique. It is a bar graph where each frequency (or frequency range) is shown in a descending order of importance of data. and research & development. Click to read more >> Sampling Sampling is a method to draw inference about one or more characteristics of a large group of items by examining a smaller but representative selection of group items. from a group of people by nurturing free-thinking. Click to read more >> Pareto Chart A Pareto Chart depicts the frequency with which certain events occur.Brainstorming Brainstorming is a technique to systematically generate ideas usually to handle a challenging situation. such as a desired process outcome. new design or new product development. Steps to successful sampling are discussed. Click to read more >> . Click to read more >> Risk Management Risk has two key elements .This is based on the Pareto Principle. Click to read more >> Fishbone Diagram The fishbone diagram is a graphical method for finding the root causes of an effect. Risk management is a continuous process. Risk management process involves several key steps. The effect can be either a negative one. Some of the right challenges to address using brainstorming are problem solving. such as a process defect or an undue process variation. or a positive one.

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