SWOT Analysis

One of the tools that may be used to define the current state of a process is SWOT analysis.  Our Black Belt students are required to perform a SWOT analysis as part of their Black Belt project. SWOT is an acronym that stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  Strengths and weaknesses are internal to […] read more

On February 16th, 2018, posted in: Articles, Six Sigma by Tags: ,

The SIPOC Diagram – A Basic Process Mapping Tool

One of the first steps in any improvement project is to describe the current process using a map of some sort.  One basic mapping tool is the Supplier-Input-Process-Output-Customer diagram, commonly referred to as a SIPOC diagram.  Another commonly used tool is the cross-functional process map. Both of these tools are important first steps in understanding […] read more

On January 15th, 2018, posted in: Project Management by

Taguchi Methods for Robust Design and the P-Diagram

In previous articles in this series I introduced Designed Experiments (Article 28) and Taguchi Methods (Article 32).   In this article I will introduce the Parameter Diagram, aka P-diagram, and explain how the P-diagram is used in conjunction with Designed Experiments as part of the robust design process. The P-diagram is used to classify all of […] read more

On December 15th, 2017, posted in: Articles, Six Sigma by Tags: , , ,

68. Evaluating Attribute Inspectors Using Attribute Agreement Analysis

We typically think about the reliability and reproducibility of a gage in the context of measuring some characteristic using continuous (or variable) data.  Gage R&R studies conducted on this type of data are an application of the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) method.  We evaluate how much variation is introduced by the people using the gage […] read more