Top 12 Improvement Tools

5 Whys Analysis Apply 5 Whys to determine the root cause of the problem When seeking to solve a problem, it is essential that the project team understand the key contributing factors to why the problem is occurring. The 5 Whys Root Cause Analysis provides a simple,...

Process Mapping Summarizing the critical steps of your business processes Process mapping is the activity of documenting and visualizing the process steps taken to create/deliver the organization's products and services to its customers. Share Tweet Post Process maps are useful for many reasons. Process maps help managers and operators to discover...

Forms of Waste The concept of waste is important to understand for a variety of reasons. Waste is the inefficiencies that exist within a process. Waste consumes valuable resources, and in most cases, it goes unnoticed Henry Ford and other improvement gurus have said that, “waste is...

SMART Aim Statement The SMART Aim Statement helps the project team to articulate the project's goal. The acronym SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Need help completing your SMART Aim Statement? Schedule a 30 minute coach call today and let's talk through the details.  Schedule a...

Problem Statement Summarizing the Who, What, When/Where, and Why of the Problem The problem statement is a concise description of the issue that needs to be addressed. In process improvement, defining the problem is a critical step in solving the problem. As the saying goes, "a well-defined...

Communication Plan Ensure all parties have the information they need to act The communication plan details who the stakeholder groups are, what their preferred communication methods are, what information they need, and the frequency in which the information is shared. Share Tweet Post Creating and documented a clear communication plan can...

Project A3 Report Solving business problems on one page Share Tweet Post The Project A3 Report provides teams with a structured problem-solving approach that was created as part of the Toyota Production System (TPS). Although the tool was developed as part of Toyota’s lean manufacturing process, the A3 Report is...

Stakeholder Analysis Know the project stakeholders and their unique needs. Managing stakeholder expectations starts with a stakeholder's analysis, a tool that helps to keep everyone engaged and informed throughout the project. Share Tweet Post Conducting a stakeholder analysis includes the process for identifying key stakeholders, internal or external to an organization,...

Meeting Agenda Providing meetings with a structured purpose Meeting agendas can help clarify the meeting objectives. Agendas help participants to arrive prepared and ready to contribute. Share Tweet Post Having a standardized meeting agenda template can reduce the amount of thinking needed in creating the agenda. Additionally, the standard will make...

Weekly Project Status Report Keep the project on track by routinely evaluating its overall health. When implementing any project it is critical that the project team and project leadership routinely evaluate the project's performance to goal. Share Tweet Post The Project Weekly Status Report template helps create transparency on the...