How to Select the Right Problem Solving Method?

→ As we all know that there are many Problem-Solving Methodologies are available in daily uses.
→ But sometimes, we have a little bit confused about the selection of the right problem-solving methodologies.
→ You can use any of the below methodologies as per your requirement for problem-solving.
→ For better understanding, you can refer below the diagram for the selection of the right method.
→ First of all, we need to have an identified problem. Then we can process further.

➨ Question_01:
→ Now we need to check that the problem is a part of a well-managed process or not?
→ If it is not a part of a well-managed process then we need to implement any Quality Management System like ISO 9001 or IATF 16949, etc.
→ For your better understanding, you can refer to this article for detailed knowledge of ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 Explained with Examples
→ The second possibility is the problem is a part of a well-managed process.

➨ Question_02:
→ Now again we have to ask the question is the solution known?
→ Is the solution is known? then we can directly go on implement the solution just do it or it can be done by kaizen methodology.
→ For better understanding about various types and categories of Kaizen methodology refer to this article for Case Study of Kaizen Methodology
→ The other possibility is the solution is not known.


➨ Question_03:
→ Now we need to ask are any special causes available?
→ If the answer is yes, we can use the 7QC tool method. It was initiated in 1979 & it is very helpful in identify the special cause related problems.
→ Refer to this article for a Complete understanding of 7 QC Tools explained with Case Study with suitable examples.
→ If the answer is - the special cause is not available then again we need to ask a question.

➨ Question_04:
→ Now we need to check if it requires a new product or process?
→ If a new product/process is required then we can easily go for DFSS.
→ Design for six sigma (DFSS/DMADV) that is one of the popular methodologies of six sigma identified in 1995.
→ If it does not require a new product or process. Then again we need to check one more thing that is mentioned below.


➨ Question_05:
→ Is the problem is related to cycle time reduction? 
→ If the answer is no then we can directly go for DMAIC method for six sigma.
→ If the answer is yes, we have another question that is mentioned below.

➨ Question_06:
→ The last but not least question is bottleneck defect driven?
→ If the answer is yes then also we can continue to use DMAIC Method.
→ If the answer is no we should use Lean Methodology.


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