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To create an 8D Report:

  1. Use Find Tools to locate the "8D" template
  2. Enter your data into the template.

Why 8D Matters: Structured Problem Solving Delivers Thorough Solutions

The 8D is deceptively simple. It's a sequence of boxes in a template. It helps people structure their problem solving:

8D template in QI Macros add-in for Excel

8D report template in Excel Steps 0 and 1

Go Deeper

8 Disciplines (8D) for team-oriented problem solving and its structure create a logical improvement "story". While made popular by Ford, the 8D has its roots in MIL-STD-1520. 8D's power lies in a consistent way of identifying problem and solution, and it's ability to create organizational learning. The 8D and Toyota's A3 report serve the same purpose: structured problem solving.

8D Template Steps

  1. Planning
  2. Establish the Team
  3. State the Problem-Who, What, When, Where, Why, How Much
  4. Containment Plan
  5. Root Cause Analysis (RCA) using fishbone or Love Bug Diagram
  6. Permanent Corrective Actions (PCAs)
  7. Implement Corrective Actions
  8. Prevent Recurrence
  9. Honor the Team

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Love Bug Diagram

The 8D template uses a version of the "Love Bug" diagram to analyze cause-and-effect:

Love Bug Diagram 8D

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