Pareto Diagrams

The Pareto diagram is a simple yet elegant approach to problem resolution. It identifies and prioritizes the causes of the problem by their frequency of occurrence and attacks them in that order.

Pareto analysis begins with a survey and collection of data focusing on the causes of some unacceptable outcome. A Pareto diagram can be used quite effectively to help identify areas where PP improvement initiatives may be productively undertaken. Figure 5.4 is a generic representation of the results of the

Frequency

Percentage

Frequency

Percentage

Cause #1 Cause #2

Cause #4

Cause #1 Cause #2

Cause #3 Causes

Cause #4

Figure 5.4 Pareto diagram.

collection of data on relative frequencies of causes of the problem under consideration. The causes may be defined ahead of time but are generally identified as part of the data collection activity.

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