Basic Tools
Process Improvement

Below is a list of Basic Tools for Process Improvement. I use these tools when applying the PDSA cycle.

Plan: Identify the problem or the issue. Perceive the final outcome. Gather the data.

Do: Conduct the action. Make the improvements. Implement the changes

Study: Review the actions, improvements and changes. Are they all positive? Were there any negative consequences?

Act: Document the improvements. Lock in the changes. If there were any negatives, conduct the planning process again.

The PDSA cycle is a twist on the common PDCA cycle.

Quality assurance and engineering professionals use these tools to drive continuous improvement within the organization. These methods include the six sigma tools.

Key Elements for Improvement:

  • Team Approach
  • Process focus
  • Measurement is critical.
  • Scientific Approach

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These tools take the most time to learn. Normally a class is needed.They are way more advance than the basic tools for process improvement

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The Best Tools for Process Improvement

In my opinion, these are the tools that have the most value for process improvement. These tools, when applied correctly, can significantly drive down internal costs.

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Described very well in The Basics of Process Mapping - 2nd Ed. - by Robert Damelio - CRC Press. 2011.

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