Provides a checklist to use when collecting data for a project.
|When to Use||Purpose|
|Pre-project||The decision to select a project should be based on data. For example, a preliminary estimate of the defect rate requires data, not guesswork. A preliminary estimate of savings should be based on data. An analysis of VOC requirements should be based on data.|
|Throughout the project||The main purpose of a Six Sigma project is to make decisions based on data. What is the baseline level of process performance? Which inputs exert critical influence on the output? What are the best settings of these key inputs? What is the process performance after improvements have been made? All these decisions require collecting and analyzing data.|
|Post-project||All Six Sigma projects require control mechanisms to ensure that improvements are sustained. These control mechanisms often utilize on-going data collection and analysis.|
No data requirements exist because you only use this tool to collect data.
Although you might not need to cover all of the items in the checklist, you should try to cover the basics.
This tool is not intended to serve as an exhaustive list of all possible circumstances for collecting data. The possibilities for collecting data are as unlimited as the end uses for the data. Therefore, you should add and modify data collection planning elements on the form based on your specific needs.