Six Sigma Tools for continuous quality improvement



Lean Six Sigma Tools

Excel templates and more quality improvement tools
DMAIC tools to Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control quality

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When you learn one, you know how to use and find help for every one of your other 150+ similar lean sigma tools.

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always organized the same familiar way.

You know that there will be online training, videos, and technical support...

all things that you won't have with a hodge podge of inconsistent tools.

One of the core tenets of lean six sigma is to reduce variability

What if you applied that core tenet to your lean six sigma tools themselves?

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DMAIC Six Sigma templates

All of the templates on this page are included in the Six Sigma bundle

Pareto Chart template

Quality improvement template to identify the 20% of problems
causing 80% of your headaches —
so you know where to focus your continuous improvement efforts

Unlimited categories of horizontal or vertical data.
Correctly groups all remaining categories in final bar labeled "Other".

Can link real time data — so your chart instantly changes.

Click a button to copy chart to ANY document (including PowerPoint, Word...)

Pareto chart Excel template

Excel Pareto Chart template
Pareto Chart video

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

Also known as EMEA Error Modes and Effects Analysis
Design DFMEA and Process PFMEA

Design For Six Sigma tool (DFSS)
to anticipate problems, and design processes and products
to reduce costly and embarrassing risks

Download free trial FMEA template
and see FMEA video

FMEA Excel template
FMEA videoFMEA more info
& training video

Control Plan

Excel template to more diligently control risks identified in the FMEA


Learn more about the Control Plan template

FMEA Control Plan Excel template

Root Cause Analysis

also known as Cause and Effect Diagram, or
Ishikawa Root Cause Analysis Fishbone Diagram

To identify the root causes of a problem, and brainstorm creative ideas for solving them

Download free trial Fishbone Diagram

Ishikawa Root Cause Analysis Fishbone Diagram
Fishbone Diagram
more info

Brainstorming & Affinity Group Tool

Six sigma template to brainstorm ideas,
then quickly organize them into affinity groups
to stimulate even more ideas

Brainstorming template

Relations Diagram

also known as a Thought Map

To identify root causes of a complex, nonlinear problem

(Use a Cause and Effect Fishbone Diagram
to identify root causes of less complex, linear problems.)

Thought Map Relations Diagram
Relations Diagram

8D Problem Solving

also known as Corrective Action Report

To provide a systematic way for a team to resolve a problem that has uncertain root causes — in a way that systematically ensures that root causes have been identified and verified. Makes certain that permanent corrective actions are validated for effectiveness, and are instituted in a way that prevents
the problem from ever recurring or escaping again.

8D template
8D Report

Corrective Action Request

also known as Supplier Corrective Action

The Supplier Corrective Action Report template does not presuppose
that all of the rigid formality of the 8D process will be required.
This simple Word template is structured as a one-page letter that simply requests the supplier to deal with a non-conformance issue.

Corrective Action
Corrective Action

SIPOC Diagram

Use the SIPOC template to identify and eliminate wastes of any kind:
hazardous wastes and emissions, scrap, energy, packaging...

The SIPOC flowchart has columns for Suppliers, Inputs, Processes,
Outputs, and Customers

Download free trial SIPOC template
and see SIPOC video

SIPOC Diagram Excel template
SIPOC Diagram template

Process Flow Diagram

Prior to creating a PFMEA —
use the Process Flow Diagram to identify Sources of Variation, and desired Deliverables (ideal Functions) for each Process Step.

Download free trial Process Flow Diagram
as a sheet within the FMEA template

Process Flow Diagram template
Process Flow Diagram


aka Parameter Diagram

Prior to creating an FMEA — use the p diagram to analyze Inputs and Outputs and Noise Factors and Control Factors that can affect performance of desired Ideal Functions, and minimize Error States.

P-Diagram template
P-Diagram template

Interface Matrix

Prior to creating a DFMEA — use the Interface Matrix to identify and clarify interfaces between environment, systems, sub-systems, and components
that are beneficial or detrimental to functionality.

Also provides P-Diagram input/outputs and noise factors

Interface Matrix template

Function/Requirements worksheet

aka Item/Function worksheet

Six Sigma tools to identify and clarify Functions and corresponding Requirements prior to completing the Function and Requirements columns of the FMEA form

Function Requirements

Characteristic Matrix

aka Product Characteristics Matrix

Prior to creating a PFMEA — use the Characteristic Matrix to identify process steps that can compromise characteristics of the product or service that are noticeable and important to the customer.

Characteristic Matrix template

Design Verification Plan and Report


Formalized testing of product or service to ensure compliance
with all requirements.

DVP&R template

OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Excel template for TPM Total Productive Maintenance — to maximize the effectiveness of your bottleneck resources.

And unlike any other OEE software — this comes with an entire suite of continuous improvement and six sigma tools — so you can actually solve the problems that OEE analysis uncovers.

OEE Excel template
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OEE Paper Data Collection

To manually collect data
that then gets entered into your OEE template for analysis.

OEE Data Collection form

House of Quality
Quality Functional Deployment Matrix

One of the most sophisticated quality improvement tools, the QFD provides
a guiding structure for a cross-functional product development team to rapidly design and deploy new products and services.

QFD House of Quality Excel template
House of Quality
Excel template

Cause and Effect Matrix

A simpler quality improvement tool than the QFD — with a similar objective:
to identify the few process input variables that provide the greatest opportunity to improve the key process outputs

Six Sigma Cause and Effect Matrix
Cause and Effect Matrix

Customer Segmentation Worksheet

Quality improvement template to identify and focus attention upon the
sub-segments of customers that generate the most value from each product
or service

DMAIC Customer Segmentation Worksheet

Voice of the Customer
Data Collection Worksheet

To plan and manage the collection of Six Sigma customer data — from existing company data, listening posts, surveys, interviews, point-of-use observation, and more

Free training for Voice of the Customer templates

Voice of the Customer template

Voice of the Customer
Requirements Translation
and Kano Analysis

Quality control template to translate potentially vague customer comments into measurable functional requirements – thereby strengthening your team's ability
to design and deliver products and services that truly delight your customers

Voice of the Customer Requirements and Kano Analysis

Critical to Quality CTQ Tree Diagram

To ensure that the product or process characteristics that you measure and control will actually satisfy your customers' desires.

Learn more about the Critical To Quality Tree Diagram template

Critical To Quality CTQ Tree Diagram

DMAIC Measurement Selection Matrix

One of the most important quality tools — to avoid the single most common mistake in a Six Sigma project — choosing the wrong measures.

DMAIC Measurement Assessment Matrix

Measurement Assessment Tree Diagram

To identify data that is (and is not) worth measuring and controlling —
stratified in ways that help to discern patterns in the data
(about root causes, usage patterns, etc.)

Measurement Assessment Tree Diagram

Tree Diagram

Popular and diverse Six Sigma tool to systematically direct your thinking
to increasing levels of specific details.

See online training for different types of tree diagrams.

Tree Diagram

Control Charts

To determine whether a process is in a stable state of control —
highlighting statistically unlikely data points and trends that should be investigated to improve process stability.

Download free trial Control Chart template

Control Chart
Control Chart template

Check Sheet

aka Tally Sheet

To gather data when it happens where it happens — using hand written
hash check marks. The data is later summarized and analyzed using the
Quality Scorecard.

Check Sheet template
Check Sheet template

Run Chart

aka Line Chart, Trend Chart, Trend Analysis

To analyze data and trends over time.

Run Chart template
Run Chart template

Trend Charts Scorecard

aka Trends Analysis, Quality Scorecard, Visual Scorecard

Your statistical software assumes that you have a clean, organized way to store and archive the data that your statistical software will then analyze.

That's a big assumption, isn't it?

This is a great template to summarize, archive, and analyze
large amounts of data, history, and trends.

Trend Charts
Trend Charts

Operational Definitions

Another important quality tool — to avoid the single most costly mistake in a Six Sigma project — inconsistent collection and interpretation of Check Sheet data, measurement criteria, or the results of surveys and other Voice of the Customer data.

Operational Definitions

Matrix Diagram

Use the Blank template to create your own custom templates with the consistent user interface and all of the useful features that are so familiar to all of your other Systems2win templates.

The most popular type of custom template is the Matrix template.

Blank template

Team Roles

Simple six sigma tool to define the performance criteria, time commitment, and ideal profile for each team role

Team Roles

Team Empowerment Boundaries

Top management's clear communication of what your team is and is not empowered to do

Download free templates for team leadership

Team Empowerment Boundaries

Project Charter template

To summarize the Six Sigma project scope and results in a form that is easily copied into PowerPoint. Your team leaders can choose from several diverse types of project charter templates.

Team Charter

Cross Training Matrix

To keep track of who needs what training,
and who has completed the training they need.

Training Matrix template

Tool Selection Matrix

Use Excel's powerful Filter capabilities in your Tool Selection Matrix
to choose the right Process Improvement Tool
for what you need to accomplish next.

Download free Tool Selection Matrix

Tool Selection Matrix
These Lean Six Sigma tools are usually purchased with the Systems2win Lean tools and Project Management templates that will be very familiar to anyone who is already familiar with these DMAIC templates.

These Six Sigma tools

are designed to supplement (not replace) your favorite statistical software

Our customers sometimes ask, "Why doesn't Systems2win offer more templates to do the statistics
that are so prevalent in Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt training?"

The answer is that your Systems2win templates are designed to supplement — (not replace) — your
favorite statistics software.

There are already many excellent statistical packages to choose from, and you will find your Systems2win templates to be an excellent complement to any statistics software that you choose.

In other words, we do well what your statistics software probably does poorly.

Personalize your Six Sigma Tools

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Your personalizations
get found and transferred
each time you upgrade


You can use absolutely everything that you know about familiar Microsoft Excel

to personalize your lean six sigma templates

AND... every time that you upgrade...
the Systems2win Personalization Upgrade Utility
will automatically find and transfer your personalizations
to the new upgraded version of your templates...

so that over the years, your lean sigma templates become more and more...



Lean Six Sigma Training
& Six Sigma Videos

DMAIC Six Sigma Training

Additional training
relevant to these templates

The Sample and Help worksheets of every template
always contain training relevant to THAT template



Video Help

Video: DMAIC Six Sigma tools


Video: Introduction to
Lean Kaizen DMAIC Six Sigma


Video: FMEA

Video: Pareto Chart

(The Trend Charts Scorecard template
has 3 Pareto Charts pre-programmed —
and you can use what you learn
in this video to add a Pareto Chart
to any other Systems2win template.)

Video: Trend Charts Scorecard

Video: SIPOC

Video: Control Charts

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What is Lean Six Sigma

 Definition of Lean Six Sigma — also known as Lean Sigma

Six Sigma is a measure of quality — representing 3.4 defects out of a million opportunities.

The Six Sigma methodology was initiated by Motorola and expounded by General Electric.
It emphasizes quantifiable, measurable statistics to select improvement projects, and to manage quality.

Lean Six Sigma (or Lean Sigma) combines continuous improvement methodologies
that use both Lean tools and Six Sigma tools.

Start with Lean

There are many published case studies and multi-implementation analyses that conclude that:

  1. A Lean initiative by itself tends to start strong, then often flames out

    After using 5S, Value Stream Mapping, and other Lean tools to pick the low-hanging fruit, management might lose interest before getting to the Lean tools and methods to establish and enforce Standard Work — which would have prevented the all-too-common backsliding into old habits

  2. A Six Sigma initiative by itself tends to never get off the ground —

    spending so much time training people and gathering data that management might lose interest before any tangible results can be produced.

  3. A combined Lean Six Sigma initiative has been repeatedly proven to yield
    the best results.

    Especially when you start by picking the low-hanging fruit with some simple kaizen events, and then bring in the big statistical artillery at an opportune moment.

    (Most commonly when you get to the step on your Lean journey when you start lowering your swamps of protective inventories, which quickly begins to reveal the rocks and alligators of previously hidden quality problems. And dealing with quality problems is what Six Sigma is all about.)

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What is DMAIC

The DMAIC process of Lean Six Sigma is a scientific method for process improvement — similar to PDCA

Define problems, customer wants, processes, and project boundaries.

Measure the process as it was, as it is, and as you want it to be.

Analyze sources of variation, performance gaps, and priorities to improve.

Improve the process by designing & implementing creative ways to fix and prevent problems.

Control the improved process — and prevent backsliding into old habits.


In Design for Six Sigma, the process is similar, but a little different

Define problems, customer wants, processes, and project boundaries.

Measure the process as it was, as it is, and as you want it to be.

Analyze sources of variation, performance gaps, and priorities to improve.

Design the product or process.

Verify that the design accomplishes the objectives.

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What is TQM?

Total Quality Management (TQM) is any quality management system that addresses all areas of an organization, emphasizes customer satisfaction, and uses continuous improvement methods and tools.

TQM is based on the concepts taught by quality management gurus Deming, Juran, Crosby, Ishikawa, and others.

~ Nancy Tague, author of The Quality Toolbox

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Quality Improvement Tools

Also known as quality management tools or quality assurance template

The Systems2win Six Sigma tools include Excel templates for the seven basic tools of quality management,
as well as many additional quality improvement tools for more advanced and/or unique needs.

The Seven Basic Quality Tools

Root Cause Analysis

aka Cause and Effect Diagram, Ishikawa Fishbone Diagram

Root Cause Analysis template

Fishbone template

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Your Root Cause Analysis template makes it easy to:

  1. Quickly record people's ideas as fast as they can generate them
    with "handwriting" that everyone can read
  2. Keep asking "why?" until you begin to arrive at the root causes for your problem
    so you can "dig out the roots" instead of "hacking at the leaves"
  3. Easily re-arrange ideas into logical groups — spawning even better ideas

And when the cause and effect analysis session is over,
everyone (including the leader) can get right back to work
because everything is perfectly organized in your Excel fishbone diagram,
ready to email to all team members, and to store electronically for future reference.

Check Sheet

Check Sheet template

Use your Check Sheet template to gather data when it happens where it happens
using hand written hash check marks.

Once your data is gathered -
you will usually want to summarize and analyze it using the Trends Scorecard
which is designed to be very easily personalized
using everything you know about familiar Microsoft Excel.

Pareto Chart

Pareto Chart template

Use your Pareto Chart template to identify the 20% of problems causing 80% of your headaches — so you know where to focus your continuous improvement efforts.

Easily enter or import either horizontal or vertical data.

Simply click the Copy Chart button to copy a picture of your chart to the clipboard
where it can then be easily pasted to ANY other type of document.
(such as Word, PowerPoint, Visio, etc.)

Control Chart

Control Chart template

A Control Chart is a special type of run chart,
that is used to determine whether a process is in a stable state of control.

An unstable process that is statistically out of control will exhibit patterns of variation -
which will be highlighted in red — to be investigated for possible "special causes" —
which should be systematically eliminated — so that the process becomes more and more stable.

Learn more about control charts

XY Scatter Plot

Stratification Chart

Use a Scatter Diagram to analyze the relationship between
two sets of data.

For example, the relationship between the inputs to a process
and the resulting outputs from that process.

One common use of a scatter diagram is the Stratification Diagram
to make patterns visible when data is coming from a wide variety
of sources.

See our free online training for how to create a scatter diagram,
using just standard Excel.



Use a histogram to graphically illustrate the probability distribution
of something happening.

See our free online training for how to create a histogram
using the free Data Analysis Toolpak,

as well as another free download that is better for creating
histograms from data that is continuous, rather than discrete.

Flow Chart


Several different types of flow chart templates
come with your Systems2win templates, including:

  • a simple flowchart to graphically illustrate "who does what"
    and what decisions to make along the way
  • a cross-functional flowchart that has pre-programmed math
    to answer the most common questions for process improvement

Additional Quality Improvement Tools

In addition to the seven basic tools of quality, your Systems2win Six Sigma templates also include many additional types of quality improvement templates for more advanced quality management purposes.

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