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Manufacturing Six Sigma Processes

Applications in the Premium Plan include:

RFP & Vendor Evaluation Manager

Simplify and streamline your approach for managing requests for proposals (RFPs) and evaluating vendors. Use the RFP & Vendor Evaluation Manager to coordinate activities for one or multiple RFPs. Track your outstanding RFPs and gain visibility into the status of each. Evaluate vendors using common criteria and scoring to objectively identify the top vendors for selection. Manage vendor responses and documents in a single place to ensure all data is fully organized and accessible. Assign tasks to team members and track progress by individual RFP or for your entire portfolio of RFP projects.

Track & Evaluate


Reduce Costs and Streamline the Process


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Maintenance Manager

Maintenance Manager provides a simple way to create and track maintenance tickets and projects for your manufacturing plant. Manage maintenance issues and requests in a single place. Gain visibility into all maintenance-related issues for specific types of requests and across equipment with a simple dashboard. Assign individuals to manage specific maintenance projects and track the status of each task related to the maintenance issue. Export data and dashboards anytime to presentation and spreadsheet files.

Define & Manage Projects


Create Maintenance Plans


Use Dashboards to Ensure Success


Safety Incident Manager

The Safety Incident Manager provides a simple yet powerful way to track, manage, and fix safety incidents and issues. Create records of specific incidents including who reported them, the incident date, incident category and more. Define actions to address and fix the root cause of the incident. Track actions to ensure successful implementation and view your entire incident management history and action plans in a single dashboard.


Streamline Safety Improvement


Gain Visibility to Your Full Safety Program


Ensure Success with Expert Guidance


Help Desk Ticketing Manager

The Help Desk Ticketing Manager will help you manage, track, and report out on your help desk support requests and activities. Help Desk management has never been easier, whether you’re an individual support representative or Help Desk supervisor. Create support tickets using a simple template and track tickets to resolution. View a complete dashboard to search and find tickets, view analytics including ticket priorities, ticket status, ticket types, and assigned agents. Customize your support process to include specific locations, departments, groups, priority levels, status indicators, and support categories. The Help Desk Ticketing Manager will save you time, streamline your process, and reduce the overall overhead of your help desk.

Instantly Create Your Support Process


Streamline Help Desk Management


Ensure Success with Expert Tools & Reports


Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Software

The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) application provides a complete process, inventory, and dashboard for managing your standard operating procedures. Create SOPs using a simple template. Use intuitive workflows to approve, manage changes, and publish procedures. Track official SOPs and view archives and of historical processes. Search, export, and edit your standard operating procedures to ensure your operations are always fully current and compliant.

Simplify & Streamline Your Process


Save Time & Reduce Costs


Ensure Success with Expert Guidance


Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Dashboard

The Key Performance Indicators Dashboard gives you a simple way to manage the most important KPIs for your business. Use the KPI wizard to instantly create KPIs that measure and track quantifiable metrics for any business function or activity. Use bar charts, graphs, status indicators, status notes, and tasks with assigned owners to ensure progress toward your most important measurable goals.

Get focused on key metrics


Track KPIs and KPI action plans


Ensure success with KPI expert tutorials


OGSM: Objectives, Goals, Strategies & Measures

Use the OGSM strategy application to define your strategic business objectives, the goals to support your objectives, the strategies to achieve your goals, and the measures to track success. Create and track projects to support your OGSM strategy and use the dashboard to measure progress.

Create your Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measures for your team & organization


Save time & optimize resources with a simple yet powerful OGSM process


Use expert advice from video tutorials to stay focused and on track


RACI Manager Software App

Getting clear on roles and responsibilities is critical for any team and organization. The RACI Manager provides a simple, scalable way to create RACIs for teams and business functions that clarify who is Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed for specific business processes and process steps. Customize the groups that will be part of the RACI. Define the processes you want to map and the steps within them for each RACI element. Run reports that dynamically create RACI charts and tables by process, COE, or function. Search and find processes and steps anytime and track status to ensure they are being implemented successfully using your defined RACIs.

Clarify Roles & Responsibilities


Save Time & Reduce Costs


Ensure Success with Expert RACI Tools


Manufacturing Six Sigma Templates

Online and downloadable PowerPoint & Excel templates also included:
5-S 5S System Template - Excel XLS Template

5 S System

The 5 S System is an essential Lean efficiency process consisting of 5 steps that are based on the following Japanese terms:

  1. Seiri – Sort
  2. Seiton – Set
  3. Seiso – Shine
  4. Seiketsu – Standardize
  5. Shitsuke – Sustain

The purpose of the process is to ensure the physical space a business occupies remains well-organized, easy to navigate, and conducive to productivity. Each “S” represents a different step towards creating a safe, efficient, and clean work area, which helps increase employee satisfaction and quality and value for customers.

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A3 Report Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

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.Learn More »
Audit Checklist Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »
Balanced Scorecard Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Balanced Scorecard

A 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, and shows how they are connected to the mission, vision, and core values of the organization. It is a strategic planning tool used ubiquitously in organizational management that clearly and concisely communicates what the organization has set out to achieve and how it proposes to do it.Learn More »
Benchmarking Analysis Template - Excel XLS Template


Benchmarking is the process of comparing an organizations performance to those of the top standards in the industry, which can be another organization within the industry or an organization in another industry that operates at the level that the industry is hoping to achieve.Learn More »
Black Belt Project Storyboard Checklist Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »

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.Learn More »
Business Process Reingineering Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Business Process Reengineering

Business Process Reengineering (BPR) entails reimagining and redesigning a company’s essential business processes, systems, and structures in order to increase value for customers. An intensive change management process, implementing BPR indicates that the company is making a radical departure from stagnant operating methods, in part by introducing new technologies, in an attempt to drive rapid and significant improvement in customer service.Learn More »
Cause Effect Matrix Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »
Critical Success Factors Template - Excel XLS Template

Critical Success Factors

Critical Success Factors are the core actions that underlie an organization’s strategic objectives that must be accomplished at the highest level possible in order to achieve the overall goals and mission of the organization.Learn More »
DMAIC Checklist Template - Excel XLS Template

DMAIC Checklist

DMAIC stands for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control, and the DMAIC Checklist helps guide leaders to complete the DMAIC process.Learn More »
DMAIC Roadmap Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

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.Learn More »
DPO DPMO Calculator Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »

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.Learn More »
Five Whys Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

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.Learn More »
Gap Analysis Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Gap Analysis

Gap Analysis is a method of determining how an organization’s current state differs from its desired future state and the steps it needs to take to achieve desired performance results.Learn More »
Gemba Walk Template - Excel XLS Template

Gemba Walk

The Gemba Walk was developed by Toyota as a way to eliminate waste from their production operations. It is focused on implementing consistent process change and requires managers and executives to visit the production floor and see in person how a specific operation is done.Learn More »
Hoshin Planning Template Cascading Objectives - PowerPoint PPT Template

Hoshin Planning System

The Hoshin Planning System is a seven-step procedure that outlines how to implement business strategy. More specifically, this system aims to align the goals that the organization is trying to achieve with its strategy and the resources that are available within the company.Learn More »
House of Lean Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

House of Lean

House of Lean refers to the implementation of Lean Methodologies into a company. It is an analogy that refers to building a house – in order to be built properly, lean strategies must be done in a proper order to be successful.Learn More »
Issue Tracker Template - Excel XLS Template

Issue Tracker

An Issue Tracker is a management tool for tracking incoming issues, often related to a customer support center or software development program.Learn More »
Kaizen Template - Excel XLS Template


Kaizen is a general continuous improvement philosophy that seeks to eliminate waste, inefficiency, and improve quality and productivity on an incremental basis. It is found within a wide variety of process improvement methods at the organizational, team, and individual level.

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Key Outcomes Indicators KOI Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Key Outcome Indicators

Key Outcome Indicators help measure the overall performance and success of an organization. Many companies use Key Outcome Indicators across departments to measure the success of specific groups and the organization as a whole.Learn More »
Key Performance Indicators KPI Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Key Performance Indicators (also known as KPIs) help measure the overall performance and success of an organization. Many companies use KPIs across departments to measure the success of specific groups and the organization as a whole. In addition, Key Performance Indicators are a helpful tool in decision-making since they create visibility into the measurable success factors of an organization. KPIs can also be used to understand where a team, department or organization stands with respect to the implementation of its strategies, goals and projects.Learn More »
Leading and Lagging Indicators Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Leading & Lagging Indicators

Leading and Lagging Indicators are two types of measurements used when assessing performance in a business or organization. The difference between the two is that a leading indicator can influence change and a lagging indicator records only what has happened in the past.Learn More »
Lean Manufacturing Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing is focused on efforts to reduce waste, improve quality and ultimately make the customer happy. It also highlights the importance of reducing waste, which is defined as unnecessary work which does not add value to the product.Learn More »
MECE Mutual Exclusive Collectively Exhaustive Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

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.Learn More »
Project Meeting Roles Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

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.Learn More »
MTBF MTTR Calculator Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »
OEE Calculator Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »
Operational Performance Management OPM Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Operational Performance Management

Operational Performance Management (OPM) is the alignment of all departments within an organization to ensure that they are working together to achieve a common set of business goals. This includes all activities required to keep a business running productively across the organization.Learn More »
Pareto Chart Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »
Performance Based Budgeting Template - Excel XLS Template

Performance-Based Budgeting

Performance-Based Budgeting is a method of developing budgets based on the relationship between program funding levels and expected results from that program. The performance-based budgeting process is a tool that program administrators can use to manage more cost-efficient and effective budgetary funding.Learn More »

Plan of Record (PoR)

A Plan of Record (PoR) is an approved plan by senior leadership that illustrates an organization’s prioritized initiatives and projects. These initiatives should be in direct alignment with the operational plan that supports the organization’s annual goals and objectives.Learn More »
Process Control Plan Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

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.Learn More »
Program Management Template - Excel XLS Template

Program Management

Program Management consists of running an interrelated group of projects, called a program. Generally, programs are created with the intent of improving the organization’s current processes and policies or implementing change management.Learn More »
Project Budgeting Template - Excel XLS Template

Project Budgeting

Project Budgeting is a project management tool that controls the cost of a project by researching all possible costs associated with a project and combining them to come up with a project budget.Learn More »
Project Charter Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Project Charter

A Project Charter lists the main goals of a project as well as a detailed plan for how to attain those goals. This detailed plan involves identifying the relevant stakeholders and determining the roles and responsibilities of each individual involved with the project.Learn More »
Project Dashboard Template - Excel XLS Template

Project Dashboard

A Project Dashboard provides an overall measurement of the current status of a project. It is usually presented in spreadsheet format and contains all the key performance indicators relevant to a specific project in one place so that project managers can instantly evaluate progress.Learn More »
Project Prioritization Matrix Template - Excel XLS Template

Project Priority 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.Learn More »
Project Purpose Worksheet Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

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.Learn More »
Project Schedule Worksheet Template - Excel XLS Template

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 Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Project Screener

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.Learn More »
Project Selection Guide Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »
QDIP Board Template - Excel XLS Template

QDIP Board

A QDIP Board is a bulletin board hung in a process or production area which quickly conveys how manufacturing is performing in 4 key areas. Specifically, they are Quality, Delivery, Inventory and Productivity.Learn More »
RACI Chart Template - Excel XLS Tool


RACI is an acronym for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted and Informed. RACI Charts or the RACI Matrix are tools for outlining roles and responsibilities within a team or organization to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.Learn More »


The RATER Model is a tool for evaluating the quality of your company’s services. It is an acronym that stands for Reliability, Assurance, Tangibles, Empathy, and Responsiveness, each of which is a different dimension against which the quality of your service provision is assessed.Learn More »
Sample Size Margin of Error Calculator Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »
SIPOC Analysis Diagram Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

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.Learn More »
Six Sigma Balanced Scorecard Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

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.Learn More »
SMART Performance Metrics Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

SMART Performance Metrics

SMART Performance Metrics is a tool used to create criteria to help improve the chances of an organization’s business success. It is an acronym that many businesses use for different purposes, from goal-setting to performance reviews to evaluating innovation.Learn More »
SMARTER Goals Template - PowerPoint PPT Template


SMART(ER) Goals stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound, Evaluate and Re-Do. Setting SMART(ER) Goals helps to clarify ideas, focus individual or team efforts and efficiently use time and resources.Learn More »
SQDC Board Template - Excel XLS Template

SQDC (Huddle Board)

An SQDC Board is a bulletin board hung in a process or production area which quickly conveys how manufacturing is performing in 4 key areas. Specifically, they are Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost.Learn More »
SQDCM Board Template - Excel XLS Template


An SQDCM Board is a bulletin board hung in a process or production area which quickly conveys how manufacturing is performing in five key areas. Specifically, they are Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Morale.Learn More »
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Template - Powerpoint PPT Template

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.Learn More »
Strategic Goals Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Strategic Goals

Strategic Goals are the high-level, overarching objectives that an organization sets out to achieve over a set timeframe. They articulate what the organization plans to do to fulfill its mission and vision, and they form the foundation for designing and implementing strategic initiatives, which are the actual projects and programs that get implemented in service of accomplishing the Strategic Goals.Learn More »
Business Strategy Map Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Strategy Map

A Strategy Map is a clear visual representation of the major strategic objectives of an organization, usually based on a framework or model like the balanced scorecard. This representation is useful for communicating the organization’s strategy in a digestible way to employees at all levels of the organization.Learn More »
Strategy Roadmap Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Strategy Roadmap

A Strategy Roadmap, also known as a Strategic Roadmap, is a visual depiction of where the organization currently is and where it would like to go in the future, including a plan to get from the current to the desired state.Learn More »
SWOT Analysis Template - Digital Online PowerPoint Software Tool

SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis is a strategic planning tool that explores an organization’s internal and external environment, including strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.Learn More »
Takt Time Calculator Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »
Theory of Constraints Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Theory of Constraints (TOC)

The Theory of Constraints is a methodological approach for isolating the most significant barrier or bottleneck in a process and then eliminating it in a systematic fashion.

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Value Stream Mapping Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping is a Lean process of graphically illustrating the movement of materials and information through an organization from supplier to the customer. The purpose is to create a map of the current state of your organization’s supply chain to identify bottlenecks, inefficiencies, or buildup of inventory and take corrective action.

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Values Statement Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Values Statement

Values Statements articulate an organization’s core beliefs and principles that drive performance and behavior. They contain the essential and enduring tenets of an organization.Learn More »
Vision Statement Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Vision Statement

Vision Statements define and describe the vibrant future an organization wishes to create and achieve. The intention of a vision is to guide, inspire, and motivate people to reach the desired end state for the organization.Learn More »
Voice of Customer VOC Table Template - PowerPoint PPT Template

Voice of the Customer Table

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.Learn More »
Cause & Effect Matrix Template - Excel XLS Template

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.Learn More »

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