Lean Six Sigma Visually

Visual Thinking for Lean Six Sigma

If you want everyone to have the same mental model of a problem, the fastest way to do it is with a picture.  

- David Sibbet.

Dan Roam created a tool for visual thinking and problem solving that directly applys to Lean Six Sigma.

I've modified his map to use Lean Six Sigma tools and methods.

 
Simple/ Elaborate
Quality/ Quantity
Vision/ Execution
Individual/ Comparison
Change/ As-is
Who/ What (Picture)
QI Macros SPC Software for Excel
Product/Service
QI Macros SPC Software for Excel
Product/Service
Tree Diagram Excel
QI Macros SPC Software for Excel
Product/Service
QI Macros SPC Software for Excel
Product/Service

Why? (Plot)

Six Sigma

Control Chart
Control Chart
Control Chart
Control Chart Excel

How Much (Chart)

Six Sigma

Pareto Chart
Histogram Excel

Pareto Chart
Histogram Excel
Pareto Chart Comparison

Where? (Map)
Spaghetti Diagram
Spaghetti Diagram
Spaghetti Diagram
Spaghetti Diagram
Spaghetti Diagram
When? (Timeline)

Value Stream Map
How? (Flowchart)
Flowchart
Flowchart
Flowchart
Flowchart

Problem Solving - A Story Told With Pictures

The average manager will only look at a spreadsheet for 5-to-10 seconds. Turn the numbers into pictures that convey all of the information needed in a handful of charts and diagrams that can be easily grasped.

When it comes to problem solving, we need to answer: Who? Why? How Much? Where? When? and How? And we can do it with pictures, charts and diagrams.

  • Why? Control chart of current performance (e.g., defects, deviation, delays)
  • How Much? Pareto charts of defects or histograms of deviation
  • Where? Spaghetti diagram of workspace and product flow
  • When? Value Stream Map of process flow and delays (arrows)
  • How? Flowchart of process, action plans for improvement and control plan

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