Six Sigma online digital best practices, tools, templates and dashboards for leaders, teams, and organizations.

Six Sigma is a collection of tools that help organizations improve their business processes by increasing performance and decreasing process variations, which help lead to defect reduction and improvement in profits, employee morale, and overall quality of products or services.

Praxie’s resident experts in business innovation, product and service development, business model innovation, and innovation culture, along with our network of global thought leaders, have assembled a portfolio of free digital online tools and templates for any manager or team to help implement the Six Sigma process within their organization.

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Six Sigma - Best Practice Tools & Templates

  • A3 Report

    An A3 Report is a tool used by team leaders and managers to document a set of key data points and important information needed for ongoing progress checks and decision-making. 

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  • Action Plan

    An Action Plan Template provides managers and supervisors with an easy way of tracking the answers to some of the most important elements of a project or activity: the who, what and when.

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  • Audit Checklist

    The Audit Checklist provides guidelines for practitioners to identify elements of a process or specific items to be examined in the further understanding and following of procedures necessary for continuous monitoring and steady improvement.

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  • Black Belt Project Storyboard

    The Black Belt Project Storyboard should be used when you want to share best practices or learnings from a specific change management initiative or project to a wider audience within an organization or to a broader group of stakeholders.

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  • Black Belt Tollgate Checklist

    A Black Belt Tollgate Checklist is one of the tools of the trade of a Six Sigma project manager or practitioner. The Checklist outlines the deliverables for each phase of DMAIC and helps provide guidance on which deliverables and checks must be completed before moving on to the next phase.

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  • Box and Whisker Plot

    A Box and Whisker Plot is a graphical method for creating and displaying a specific data set. It is often referred to as a box plat or a box and whisker diagram. The diagram is most often used with historical data to provide an analysis of performance over time (for instance, with individual stocks).

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  • Cause and Effect Matrix

    Business leaders and managers using the Cause and Effect Matrix (also known as a C&E Matrix) will be better able to prioritize the Key Process Input Variables (KPIVs) based on Key Priorities of Customer Outputs (KPOVs). The matrix helps establish correlation between process input metrics and customer outputs during root cause analyses.

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  • Check Sheet Histogram Template

    The Check Sheet Histogram Template is a useful tool to help business leaders and managers track activities over a set period of time and to measure tasks, performance, errors, complaints, etc. in a way which enables thorough analysis of trends.

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  • DMAIC Checklist

    DMAIC stands for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control, and the DMAIC Checklist helps guide leaders to complete the DMAIC process. 

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  • DMAIC Roadmap

    The DMAIC Roadmap methodology is typically implemented when an organization reaches a certain level of organizational culture and experience to warrant it. Each of the steps must be mastered and completed in a particular order in order to get the most out of the DMAIC methodology. 

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  • DPO and DPMO Calculator

    The DPO and DPMO Calculator provides a tool to estimate the DPO rate and DPMO rate of any process or system within your organization.

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  • Eight Disciplines (8D)

    Eight Disciplines (8D) is a problem solving methodology and model designed to find the root cause of a particular problem within a business. It is most commonly used in the auto industry by quality engineers but has also been applied to other industries and sectors including retail, healthcare, finance, government and manufacturing.

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  • Eight (8) Wastes Checklist

    The Eight (8) Wastes Checklist is a tool used by managers and supervisors to help identify areas of waste within a business or a particular process. Data from the checklist is then used to determine where and how to eliminate that waste.

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  • Fishbone Diagram

    A Fishbone Diagram is considered one of half a dozen basic quality monitoring frameworks used to capture possible causes of a problem. The main purpose of a fishbone diagram is to help managers and leaders identify possible causes and effects for a specific problem.

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  • Five Whys Process

    The Five Whys Process provides business leaders and managers with a simple and easy to understand methods used in the Analyze phase of DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) within the Lean Six Sigma process.

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  • FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)

    The FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) is a step-by-step approach first developed by the U.S. military in the 1940s to identify possible failures in design or errors in manufacturing processes. FMEA provides a systematic, proactive method for analyzing and evaluating processes to identify how they might fail and then weigh the impact of different failures.

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  • Implementation Plan

    An Implementation Plan provides business leaders and managers with a framework to create a summary of the strategy to be used in order to make a solution possible for a piloted project.

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  • Kano Model

    The Kano Model provides users with a method for analyzing customer expectations, needs, wants and requirements by diagramming them across 2 axes. One axis is total satisfaction with your output (be it a product, service or deliverable), while the other axis shows the extent to which you achieved your goals with the output.

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  • Management by Fact (MBF)

    Management by Fact (MBF) is a process designed to help managers and leaders guide and improve the quality of tasks and projects through a rigorous quality improvement methodology. The MBF process helps practitioners identify specific problems within a process, hypothesize as to possible root causes, and develop countermeasures to prevent roadblocks.

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  • Margin of Error Calculator

    Margin of Error is a critical calculation used to estimate how accurate specific assumptions are and how confident the user can be as to the correct outcome of those assumptions. The Margin of Error calculation allows business leaders and managers to assess how a sample of data relates to a larger population.

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  • MECE (Mutually Exclusive Collectively Exhaustive)

    The MECE (Mutually Exclusive Collectively Exhaustive) framework provides business leaders and managers with a way of dividing information up into elements that are “mutually exclusive” and “collectively exhaustive”. The MECE framework is famously used by McKinsey consultants to structure information and reduce complexity by avoiding overlaps while gathering a comprehensive collection of data points without leaving room for alternatives.

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  • Meeting and Project Roles Template

    In order to avoid wasting valuable time on team meetings which lead to no clear outcome, use the Meeting and Project Roles template. This template provides you with a simple structure and outline to identify members of a project team and their duties during regular team meetings.

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  • MTBF and MTTR Calculators

    MTBF and MTTR are two of the most important Key Performance Indicators for managers and business leaders to look at when trying to improve the reliability of a product, service or piece of machinery. They can be used independently but are even more useful when put together. MTBF stands for Mean Time Between Failures, and is the average length of time before a piece of machinery or a product breaks. MTTR is Mean Time to Repair, or the average length of time it takes to get a piece of machinery back up and running or repaired when it does break down.

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  • OEE Calculator

    OEE stands for Overall Equipment Effectiveness, and is generally considered to refer to a measurement in “Total Productive Maintenance” programs. The measure looks at effectiveness and efficiency of machinery or processes and is commonly referred to in reference to Lean Manufacturing.

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  • Opportunity Pipeline

    An Opportunity Pipeline provides business leaders and managers with a valuable source of insight and data on particular ideas, projects and initiatives being considered for investment.

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  • Pareto Chart

    A Pareto Chart is a tool used by business leaders to analyze data about the likelihood of certain problems occurring through the analysis of problem frequency and root causes.

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  • Process Control Plan

    Process Control Plan is a tool used to document and track the elements of quality control within a system in order to make sure that quality standards are upheld and maintained for a specific product, process or service. A Process Control Plan helps to formalize and document the system of control and quality control during a process.

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  • Project Prioritization Matrix

    Project Priority Matrix is a tool to help business leaders work out what the key priorities for a specific project should be. The tool can also be used to prioritize and select from multiple projects in order to prioritize and select which project among many should be pursued first.

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  • Project Purpose Worksheet

    A Project Purpose Worksheet provides a simple table for a business leader to outline their own responses to four simple questions related to the purpose of the project and the mission of the business overall.

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  • Project Schedule Worksheet

    A Project Schedule Worksheet provides a simple framework for a business leader or manager to use to track planned start and end dates for specific tasks that fall under a larger project alongside notes and current task status.

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  • Project Screener Worksheet

    A Project Screener Worksheet provides a simple framework for business leaders or managers to validate the premise of a project by asking four key questions designed to enable the creation of a draft goal statement.

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  • Project Selection Guide

    The Project Selection Guide is a tool used by business leaders and managers to assess whether or not a project should be pursued based on the value of potential improvements, overall meaningfulness to the business, and ability for the project to be managed effectively by the existing team.

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  • Pugh Matrix

    The Pugh Matrix is a diagram used to compare multiple product or solution designs and accurately determine which candidate will best meet a set of criteria based on business needs and customer demands.

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  • Quality Function Deployment (QFD)

    Quality Function Deployment (QFD) provides business leaders and managers with tools to determine what is needed to satisfy and delight their customers. The QFD methodology provides a system for listening to the voice of the customer and responding to the needs and expectations raised by your target audience.

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  • Sample Size Calculator

    A Sample Size Calculator allows you to determine the sample size within a population necessary to test in order to make an accurate assessment without surveying an entire population or testing every single individual within a certain set.

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  • SIPOC Analysis

    The SIPOC Analysis Template can be used by a business leader or manager to identify the relevant parts of a process improvement project before work begins. SIPOC Analysis is particularly helpful when defining a complex process that requires additional scoping, and it is typically carried out during the Measure phase of the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) process.

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  • Six Sigma Balanced Scorecard

    A Six Sigma Balanced Scorecard is a model that summarizes an organization’s high-level strategic goals, initiatives designed to reach those goals, and metrics, or key performance indicators, that monitor success over time.

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  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

    A Standard Operating Procedure, or SOP, is a document or process outline that has been created to show operators how to carry out a specific task, process or activity. It can be delivered as a document, presentation, workflow document, or even a video.

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  • Takt Time Calculator

    In Six Sigma, Takt Time refers to the available time for production divided by the required units of production during the same period. Time available for production includes the total number of hours that employees work on production minus any breaks or meetings.

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  • Tree Diagram

    Tree Diagrams enable business leaders and managers to break down big ideas and concepts into finite levels of detail. The process of developing a Tree Diagram is most easily described as a way to systematically break down a complex process into its constituent parts.

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  • Voice of the Customer

    The Voice of the Customer Table is a template which helps business leaders and managers frame the inputs received through the process of carrying out a Voice of the Customer (VOC) exercise.

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  • X Matrix

    The X Matrix template consists of a single-page document that has guiding principles at its core and is surrounded by strategies, tactics, projects and measurement frameworks to support the successful implementation of those guiding principles.

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  • XY (Cause & Effect) Matrix

    The XY Matrix (or the Cause & Effect Matrix) is a six sigma tool which can be used to prioritize key inputs and simultaneously rank priorities of customer outputs. The XY Matrix tool is most frequently used to support the DMAIC “measure” phase to show the relationship between X (Cause) and Y (Effect) factors.

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