There are many tools that quality professionals can use. Experience and practice can help professionals pick the right tool. Some of the tools used are:
Organizes a large number of ideas into natural relationships
Fish bone diagrams
Determines cause-and-effect relationships
Breaks down broad categories into finer levels of detail
Organizes knowledge in a matrix format to show the relationship among groups of information
Analyzes matrices (often replaced in this analysis method list by the similar prioritization matrix)
: Helps focus on the vital ares of issues
And many more... I can go on and list over 180 tools.
What tools are you using today to help your organization jump start your improvement projects?
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