11 Flowcharting It is a tool for improving processes This tools simplicity

11 flowcharting it is a tool for improving processes

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11. Flowcharting It is a tool for improving processes. This tool's simplicity makes communicating and documenting a process quick and clear, so that the process will more likely be understood and applied correctly and consistently. It can also help you to estimate the timescale of the process, as you're better able to gauge the time needed for each task along the way. And you'll more likely identify who you should involve and at what stage, such as senior management or a compliance authority. 12. SWOT 27
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SWOT Analysis is a useful technique for understanding your Strengths and Weaknesses, and for identifying both the Opportunities open to you and the Threats you face. It helps you focus on your strengths, minimize threats, and take the greatest possible advantage of opportunities available to you. You can also use it to get an understanding of your competitors, which can give you the insights you need to craft a coherent and successful competitive position. When carrying out your analysis, be realistic and rigorous. Apply it at the right level, and supplement it with other option- generation tools where appropriate. 13. Drill down Technique It involves breaking complex problems down into progressively smaller parts. Drill Down helps you to break a large and complex problem down into its component parts, So that you can develop plans to deal with these parts. It also shows you which points you need to research in more detail. It can be used in conjunction with the 5 Why’s 14. Decision/Problem tree Analysis: This is a graph or model that involves contemplating each option and the outcomes of each. Statistical analysis is also conducted with this technique. 15. FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis ) is an analysis tool that makes sure that all the potential problems related to product and process are predicted and addressed throughout the product and process development process 16. PDCA (PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT) PDCA known as Deming Cycle or Deming Wheel, PDCA is a tool for continuous improvement of processes and products. Deming always referred to it as the “Shewhart cycle”, PDSA (Plan- Do-Study Act). Deming modified it to PDCA because he felt that “check” emphasized inspection over analysis. Current Toyota Production System / Lean manufacturing uses OPDCA where “O” is taken for observation. 17. BRAINSTORMING 28
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Brainstorming is a simple technique for gathering the ideas for developing creative solutions to problems. Brainstorming helps you to have diverse experience of all team members into play during problem solving and/or solution development. This increases the confidence and self satisfaction to all team members and a feeling of ownership of the problem which will also help to find better solutions to the problems you face.
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