Process Improvement Tools

Please download graphical tools based on our book Innovate Products Faster.

These product development templates are based on real life examples, and have been tested in the field with clients on multiple engagements. We often are stuck when first getting started working on a complex issue, because we don’t know how to take the first step. These graphical tools (graphs, charts, tables, and forms) are ready to go and can be modified for your needs.

Process Improvement Tools

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Click the links below to view spreadsheet-based templates that describe the tool, its benefits and how to apply it. The tools are downloadable free of charge. Download them, share them, use them in your organization. 

Circle Dot Chart

Circle Dot Chart

Download Team Pert Chart Tool Online. This tool will help you to schedule, organize, and coordinate tasks within a project.

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Four-Fields Map

Four-Fields Map

A graphical technique most commonly applied to cross-functional processes. Emphasizes the elements of task, teamwork, and quality, with a focus on how you do the work rather than on what work to do.

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Root Cause Diagram

Root Cause Diagram

A framework that helps you discover the ultimate cause of any outcome. Helps individuals or groups discover the root causes that led to a specific outcome in a product development team.

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Task Burn Down Chart

Task Burn Down Chart

Shows the team and management how much progress they are making on a project. An improvement on Gantt Charts in that it focuses on customers, and provides a more accurate estimate of the work performed on a project in-progress.

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Team PERT Chart

Team PERT Chart

Breaks projects down into tasks, shows the dependencies of one work stream on another, and provides real estimates, created by the people who actually perform the tasks.

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