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10 Free Six Sigma Templates You Can Download

written by: Michele McDonough • edited by: Michele McDonough • updated: 9/20/2011

If you’re tired of spending hours trying to format a chart or diagram for your project, check out some of these Six Sigma templates that are available as free downloads from the Project Management Media Gallery. Available templates include Fishbone Diagrams, PICK Charts, and SIPOC Diagrams.

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    Templates for Six Sigma Projects

    The use of charts and diagrams to measure data and illustrate concepts is an important part of Six Sigma methodology.However, if you’re not careful, you can find yourself spending more time trying to develop these visual representations than working on the actual project.With that in mind, we’re offering several free Six Sigma templates in the Bright Hub Project Management Media Gallery that you can download and adapt to your own individual project needs. These samples are just a few of the many free project management forms and templates available for download at Bright Hub.

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    Fishbone Diagrams

    Fishbone Diagram 1Fishbone Diagram 2Fishbone Diagram 3
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    Fishbone diagrams are often constructed to represent the outcome of a team brainstorming session.They are also known as Cause and Effect diagrams or Ishikawa diagrams.

    The following variations of Fishbone diagram templates have been added to the Project Management Media Gallery.You are welcome to download these or any of the other Six Sigma templates found in the gallery.

    • Microsoft Excel 2007 Fishbone Diagram for the 6 Ms – This Excel 2007 template has been formulated around the 6M variation of the Fishbone diagram and includes categories for Machine, Method, Material, Measurement, Man, and Management.It is one primarily used by manufacturing industries.
    • Microsoft Publisher 2007 Fishbone Diagram for the 4 Ps – This template is a slight variation from the previous Excel 2007 form and is targeted more towards service industries.It includes the headings Policies, Procedures, People, and Plant.This is often referred to as the 4P Fishbone diagram.
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    PICK Charts

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    A PICK chart provides a simple way to organize and evaluate potential ways to improve an existing process.By arranging ideas on the basis of how easy they are to implement and how big a payoff can be obtained by implementation, each alternative can be placed in one of four categories:Possible, Implement, Challenge, Kill.It is from these four categories that the acronym PICK is derived.

    The following PICK chart templates are available as free downloads in the Project Management Media Gallery.

    • Microsoft Excel 97-2003 PICK Chart Template – This is the same template as the Excel 2007 version, but was saved as an Excel 97-2003 workbook for the benefit of those who are using an older version of Microsoft Office.
    • PDF Version of PICK Chart Template - This file is a PDF version of the PICK Chart template created in Microsoft Publisher 2007.It can be printed out and used in brainstorming sessions.
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    SIPOC Diagrams

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    A SIPOC Diagram is a high-level map that shows the process of how a particular customer requirement is satisfied. SIPOC is an acronym for Suppliers, Input, Process, Output, and Customers – the five segments that divide the diagram.This type of diagram is often used during the “Define” phase of Six Sigma to help establish the scope of the project.

    If you're looking for more sample forms and downloadable templates, check out Bright Hub's resource guide Over 50 Free Project Management Templates and Sample Forms.

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