ANALYZE

Welcome to the 3rd phase of a DMAIC Project.

ANALYZE phase

The ANALYZE phase is the beginning of the statistical analysis of the problem. The practical problem was created earlier. This phase statistically reviews the families of variation to determine which are significant contributors to the output.

The statistical analysis is done beginning with a theory, null hypothesis. The analysis will "fail to reject" or "reject" the theory.

The families of variation and their contributions are quantified and relationships between variables are shown graphically and numerically to provide the direction for improvements.

ANALYZE Roadmap

For example:

You may analyze part-part variation, shift-shift variation, operator-operator variation, machine-machine variation.

By now the MSA has been accepted and the Study Variation quantified. The remaining variation is PROCESS variation.

Recall:

TOTAL VARIATION = PROCESS VARIATION + MEASUREMENT SYSTEM VARIATION

Most of the analysis at this phase is not whether the AFTER process performance is different than the BEFORE process performance because none of the improvements have been implemented yet, these improvements are now becoming evident and prioritized.

This phase is about statistically comparing means and variation on all families of variation to drill down and quantitatively explain the critical sources of the dispersion.

By the end of the ANALYZE phase the KPIV's that are creating the most significant effect on "Y" should be identified. Any wastes found by employing Lean tools should be identified and prioritized to improve.

The outputs of ANALYZE lead into the inputs to the IMPROVE phase.

The following links cover topics that are often applied within the ANALYZE phase:

Hypothesis Testing:

Hypothesis Testing

Hypothesis Test Flowcharts - make sure to use the correct hypothesis test

F-Test

Student's T-Test

Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

Chi-Square

Proportions

Analyzing the sources of Process Variation:

Families of Variation

Multivariate Analysis

Statistics:

Basic Statistics

Covariance

Correlation

Regression

Power and Sample Size

Alpha and Beta Risks (Type I Error and Type II Error)

P-Value

Confidence Intervals

Pearson's Correlation Coefficient


Spearman's Rho Correlation Coefficient

Box-Cox Transformation

Other topics:

Takt Time

Line Balancing


Value Stream Mapping

7-Wastes

Inventory Control

Cellular Flow

Z-score

Distributions:

Discrete Distributions

Continuous Distributions

Shape of the Distribution:

Kurtosis

Skewness



Project Management Tools

At this point in the project, and perhaps earlier in the MEASURE phase, there were delays or encounters of adversity. Here are a couple tools as reminders to keep the project on track and charging forward.

Project Acceleration 

Project Pitfalls

Ice Breakers



Statistical Evaluation Tools

Statistical Evaluation Tools




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