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Basic 7 Tools of Quality Presentation by: Carla Scardino The Pennsylvania State University September 27, 2001

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Basic 7 Tools of QualityPresentation by: Carla Scardino The Pennsylvania State UniversitySeptember 27, 2001

BASIC 7 TOOLS OF QUALITYHistograms Pareto Charts Cause and Effect Diagrams Check Sheets Scatter Diagrams Flowcharts Control Charts

KAORU ISHIKAWAIshikawa wanted to change the way people worldwide think about work. He developed the basic seven tools of quality to be used company-wide as an advancement in total quality management. Ishikawa believes that quality improvement is a continuous process.

KAORU ISHIKAWAIshikawa invented and adapted the basic seven visual tools of quality so that the average person could analyze and interpret data. These tools have been used by thousands of companies and by different levels of managers and employees throughout the world.

BRAINSTORMING EXERCISEHow can these tools be used in an organization? Think of some specific processes that can be improved as a result of the basic seven tools of quality.

BASIC 7 TOOLS OF QUALITYHistograms Pareto Charts Cause and Effect Diagrams Check Sheets Scatter Diagrams Flowcharts Control Charts

HISTOGRAMSA histogram is a graphical representation of data in a bar chart format. Histograms are also used to observe the shape of data.


The standard normal distribution

A skewed distribution

HISTOGRAMSSome rules for developing histogramsThe width of the histogram bars must be consistent. The classes must be mutually exclusive and all inclusive. The number of the classes is decided by 2k>=n where n is the number of data values and k is the number of classes.

HISTOGRAMSHistograms can be used to show the relationships of many different collections of data including any process that requires random samples to determine if the process is performing properly.

PARETO CHARTSVilfredo Pareto was the first to develop the 80/20 rule. A Pareto chart was first developed by Joseph Juran who adapted the histogram to be used with the 80/20 rule. Pareto charts identify and prioritize problems that need to be solved.

PARETO CHARTSRules for developing Pareto ChartsInformation must be selected based on types of defects that occur as a result of a process. Data must be collected and categorized. A histogram or frequency chart is constructed showing the number of occurrences.


PARETO CHARTSPareto charts can be used for a variety of analyses. Some examples of times when Pareto analysis would be useful: identifying and prioritizing complaints from customers, store inventory, and distribution of wealth among countries.

CAUSE-AND-EFFECT DIAGRAMSThe cause and effect diagram is also called the fishbone diagram or the Ishikawa diagram. It gets its name because the diagram looks like the skeleton of a fish, with the problem being the head and the causes being the ribs and the sub-causes being the smaller bones stemming from the ribs.

CAUSE-AND-EFFECT DIAGRAMSSteps in creating a Fishbone DiagramState the problem clearly in the head of the fish. Draw the backbone and ribs. Continue to fill out the diagram asking, why? about each cause of the problem. View the diagram and identify core causes. Set goals to address the core causes.


example from: http://www.smartdraw.com/resources/examples/business/orgchart10.htm

CAUSE-AND-EFFECT DIAGRAMSCause and effect diagrams are used as an abstract way to depict the causes and effects of the major problems in the process. Some examples of times when fishbone diagrams may be used: causes of delayed flight departures, broken/faulty products, late product delivery

CHECK SHEETSCheck Sheets are data gathering tools that can be used in forming histograms and Pareto charts. Check sheets are a form used to record the frequency of occurrence of certain product or service characteristics related to quality. Check sheets can be either tabular or schematic.

CHECK SHEETSSteps in designing a check sheetIdentify common defects occurring in the process Draw a table The user places check marks on the sheet when a defect is encountered.

CHECK SHEETSExamples of when check sheets may be helpful: tracking customer complaints at a restaurant; slow production times; faulty/defective products.

SCATTER DIAGRAMSThe scatter diagram is used to examine the relationships between variables. Scatter diagrams are used to investigate the possible relationship between two variables that both relate to the same "event." A straight line of best fit (using the least squares method) is often included.


SCATTER DIAGRAMSSteps in setting up a scatter plotDetermine the X (independent) and Y (dependent) variables Gather process data relating to the variables identified in step 1 Plot the data Observe the plotted data to see if there is a relationship between the variables.

SCATTER DIAGRAMSExamples of when Scatter diagrams can be used to determine if there is a relationship: prevention costs and conformance; overtime hours versus days absent; determining if a particular defect is due to run-size.


A flowchart is a graphical representation of a process. The first step in many process improvement projects is to create a flowchart.


FLOWCHARTSSteps in creating a flowchartDevelop a general process and then fill in the elements of the process. Observe the people doing the process. Determine which steps add value and which do not, to simplify work. Determine whether the work actually needs to be done.

FLOWCHARTSAn example of a process that could use a flowchart would be a restaurant. When the patron enters the restaurant, if there is a table available they are seated. If not, they can wait or sit at the bar and have a drink. When the table becomes available, the patron is seated. After eating, the patron pays for the food and can either leave or sit at the bar.

CONTROL CHARTSA control chart is used to determine whether a process will produce a product or service with consistent measurable properties. A control chart has a nominal value, or central line, and an upper and lower control limit.


CONTROL CHARTSSTEPS IN FORMING A CONTROL CHARTTake a random sample from the process, measure the quality characteristics, and calculate a variable or attribute measure. If the statistic falls outside the control limits look for assignable cause. Either eliminate or incorporate the cause. Reconstruct the control chart with the new data.

CONTROL CHARTSExamples of when to use control charts: quality inspection and checking for defects in products.

AN EXERCISE IN QUALITYA real-time histogram activity. This activity lets you gather data while clicking your mouse every two seconds and creates a histogram while you are clicking. The module will then display the results of the activity in a histogram.


Ishikawa developed the basic seven tools of quality so the average person could analyze and interpret data. These tools have been used in thousands of companies to achieve quality in the organization. Quality improvement is a continuous process that can be made easier by applying these seven tools.


Basic 7 Tools of QualityPresentation by: Carla Scardino The Pennsylvania State UniversitySeptember 27, 2001