Six Sigma Tools & Projects
PD-Trak includes a Six Sigma project file template and Six Sigma
software tools. In addition to the project file and Six Sigma project
tools and templates, the overall portfolio of Six Sigma projects can be
managed with the portfolio management software capabilities of PD-Trak
and the resources required to support these Six Sigma projects can be
managed with the resource management software capabilities of PD-Trak.
The Six Sigma process defined in this template is based on a standard
DMAIC (Define- Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) process. This process
and the process outputs are defined in our Task Plans and are used to
help the Six Sigma project team to help plan and manage the Six Sigma
project to this well-defined process.
In addition to the standard PD-Trak project management tools, a
comprehensive set of Six Sigma tools is included. These tools include:
|Cause and Effect Analysis
|SIPOC Analysis |
|Root Cause Analysis
|Cost Benefit Analysis
|Quality Function Deployment
|Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
|Project Action Item Register
|and others |
SIPOC is an acronym for Suppliers-Inputs-Process-Outputs-Customers.
SIPOC represents the "Suppliers" of a system that provide "Input" into
the "Process" which produces "Output" to "Customers." The SIPOC Diagram
is used to describe and bound the process under investigation and
improvement. In this way, it is similar to a context diagram used with
information technology projects. By describing these elements of a
process, you define and gain agreement on the scope of the process under
investigation. This will align team members on project scope and
communicate to external sponsors the scope of the process being
Stakeholder analysis is a technique you can use to identify and
assess the key people, groups, or organizations that may significantly
influence your project either positively or negatively and plan
strategies to win them over.
Pareto analysis is an analysis/diagramming technique that uses
frequency of occurrence to identify and display results generated by
each identified cause. This analysis is commonly used to decide where to
apply initial effort for maximum effect.
Cause and Effects Analysis
The cause and effect or fishbone diagram illustrates the main causes
and sub-causes that are believed to lead to the effect (symptom) being
Root Cause Analysis
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a structured step by step technique for
finding the underlying or "root" cause of a problem or undesirable
outcome so that the root cause can be solved or prevented rather than
continuing to deal with the symptoms. The goal of a Root Cause Analysis
is to find out:
|Why did it happen
|How can it be prevented from happening again |
The process map or flowchart is a graphical tool for understanding an
existing process or representing a new process. It represents the steps
or tasks in a process, their logical relationships and the inputs and
outputs for each step or task.
The Process Definition template allows an existing or new process to
be defined with higher-level activities, lower-level tasks, process
outputs, and responsibilities.
For further information, please contact us,
and we will do our best to help.