Six Sigma Tools for continuous quality improvement


Quality Improvement Tools

Also known as quality management tools, quality assurance template, or 7 Basic Tools of Quality

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 (RootCause.xlsx)
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 (CheckSheet.xlsx)

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 your Trends Scorecard (Trends.xlsx)
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 (Pareto.xlsx)
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

Your Control Chart template (ControlChart..xlsx)
allows you to choose between 3 special types of run chart,
that you use 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 and run 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

Your Systems2win templates empower you with
several different types of flow chart 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
  • many more types of flowcharts that you will find useful for specific challenges that you are likely to encounter as you progress on your Lean Journey

Additional Quality Improvement Tools

In addition to the seven basic tools of quality,

your Systems2win templates also empower your people with many additional types of DMAIC tools, Lean tools,
Six Sigma templates
, and DFSS tools for more advanced quality management purposes.

Tool Selection Matrix

Use your Tool Selection Matrix (1ToolSelection.xlsx)

to see all 150+ tools,
and to use Excel's powerful Filter features
to select the right tool for whatever you need to do next

If your organization has not yet provided you with a license,
you can download your free trial now

Standardized Quality Management Tools

As soon as you complete the New User Training,

you will know how to use many features that are common to every one of your 150+ Systems2win templates.

You will leverage the value you squeeze from your quality improvement tools

  1. by becoming a whole lot more competent with familiar Microsoft Excel
  2. by becoming familiar with the many ways that your Systems2win add-ins extend the power of Excel

Empower every one of your team members
with these seven basic quality tools



for a very affordable price

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