What is a DMAIC Checklist, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of DMAIC Checklist
The DMAIC methodology is one of the central components of the Six Sigma set of processes. DMAIC stands for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. The DMAIC methodology is an important tool for guiding better problem solving which leads to product and process improvement. The DMAIC Checklist helps guide leaders to complete the DMAIC process.
Description of DMAIC Checklist
DMAIC is part of the Six Sigma set of combined tools and methodologies. The DMAIC Checklist reminds business leaders to drill down into the five elements of DMAIC: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. Each of these phases must be completed by taking action on specific sub-steps in a particular order in order to get the most out of the DMAIC methodology.
Here is an overview of each of the five steps and their related checklist actions (as well as one Introduction step):
Introduction – Before jumping in…
- Conduct an 8 Wastes Assessment
- Find one improvement opportunity (minimum) to streamline an existing process
- Identify a Project Sponsor to support you and the project
- Review the DMAIC Roadmap structure
Define – In the Define phase, leaders define project goals and customer deliverables.
- Create a Project Charter
- Gather Voice of the Customer (VoC) data
- Conduct a Process (Gemba) Walk
- Create detailed process map (use SIPOC Template)
Measure – In this phase, leaders must continuously measure what is being done to determine overall progress and current level of performance.
- Identify baseline measurements and metrics
- Form data collection plan to gather raw data
- Collect baseline data
Analyze – In the Analyze phase, leaders must determine the root cause of a specific problem or defect.
- Identify potential root causes to the problem by using Process Analysis, Data Analysis, Fishbone Diagrams, 5 Whys, etc.
- Form root cause hypotheses
- Gather more data and assess all facts
Improve – In the Improve phase, the organization and the leaders within the organization seek to eliminate defects and reduce errors in a process or system in order to streamline.
- Facilitate team brainstorming to identify potential solutions
- Select and develop best improvements
- Create pilot solutions to test
- Implement solutions to address root problems
- Verify that solutions improved the overall process
Control – The Control phase of the DMAIC Checklist takes into consideration all of the analysis and improvement conducted previously and calls for the development of procedures and controls to ensure that improvement is sustained over time.
- Create a system or process to continuously monitor results
- Complete documentation of the procedures
- Develop response plans to address drops in performance
- Hand over ownership to process owner
Tools & Templates
The tools business leaders use to guide their teams through the steps for using the DMAIC Checklist include fishbone diagrams, project charters, and process mapping, which are then used for regular reviews of progress.
upBOARD's Online DMAIC Checklist Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional DMAIC Checklist processes, upBOARD’s online DMAIC Checklist tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
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