Use the Force Field form to identify criteria that will impact the progress of a project.

Answers the questions:
  • What criteria will have a positive impact on the progress of the project?
  • How important are the positive criteria?
  • What criteria will have a negative impact on the progress of the project?
  • How important are the negative criteria?

Guidelines

(Optional) Use this form early in the project to decide whether or not to proceed.

  • Day 1 activities focus on three main tasks:
    • Gather data
    • Analyze data
    • Identify waste and associated opportunities
  • For many of the tools (Process Map, Waste List, Work Layout), you must go to where the work is (gemba) and perform each step. Also, this is known as "walk the process".
  • Recap the day's findings to prepare for day 2.

How-to

  1. Assemble a cross-functional group with knowledge of the process.
  2. Brainstorm criteria that have a positive impact on the progress of the project. The following list includes examples of positive criteria:
    • High cost savings
    • Improve speed to market
    • Employees support the concept.
    • Reduce VOC emissions
  3. In the Positive Impact table, enter the positive criteria and rate the strength of impact, where 9 signifies high impact on the project and 1 signifies low impact on the project.
  4. Brainstorm criteria that have a negative impact on the progress of the project. The following list includes examples of negative criteria:
    • Long-term project
    • Requires commitment from an overburdened department
    • Low volume
    • Management dislikes the concept
  5. In the Negative Impact table, enter the negative criteria and rate the strength of impact, where 9 signifies high impact on the project and 1 signifies low impact on the project.

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