Specialized support for advanced process analysis
iGrafx® Process™ for Six Sigma is the most full-featured, easy to use process analysis and simulation tool available that is specifically designed to help Six Sigma professionals understand and improve their processes. Leveraging iGrafx world-class process mapping and simulation functionality, iGrafx Process for Six Sigma supports Lean Six Sigma methods and the DMAIC lifecycle to continually improve your processes and result in increased customer satisfaction.
Whether used as a standalone Six Sigma tool, or integrated with other iGrafx solutions in an enterprise-wide approach to process excellence, iGrafx Process for Six Sigma is a powerful ally to any process methodologist on a quest for process excellence.
- Process Maps / Swimlane® Diagrams / Flowcharts
- BPMN Diagrams
- Value Stream Maps
- Layout Diagrams / Spaghetti Charts
- Cause & Effect Diagrams / Ishikawa Diagrams
- FMEA Spreadsheets
- Pick Charts / PACE
- SIPOC Diagrams
- Customized Templates
iGrafx Process for Six Sigma is a contributing tool for iGrafx solutions in:
- iGrafx Process Modeling and Analysis – Capture, Analyze and Design your processes as a foundation for continuous improvement
- iGrafx Collaborative Process Management – Centralize process knowledge and improvement efforts for operational efficiency
- iGrafx Enterprise Modeling – Define and Analyze multidimensional views of process-driven organizational models
Valuable tools for all Lean Six Sigma practitioners
iGrafx Process for Six Sigma provides a wealth of functionality to lead Lean Six Sigma belts, regardless of level, through the DMAIC process. In Define and Measure phases, use SIPOC (Supplier, Input, Process, Output, Customer) to identify the major elements of a given process and capture value streams to identify defects or waste. In Analyze and Improve phases, use cause and effect analysis to identify root causes and simulation or Rapid Design of Experiments to test alternate scenarios. Spotlight other improvement opportunities with Priority Matrices linked to processes and activities. Or, quickly and easily identify and visually highlight value-added and non-value-added activities in your process models.
Turn your diagrams into an authoritative model of your real-world process
With iGrafx Process, you can quickly capture the behavior of your processes, entering data directly into the diagram such as time to perform steps, resources used, decision probabilities, process flow rules, and more. Then quickly and easily extend the diagram with information about process incoming load, schedules, and other data. Organize your models into multiple what-if scenarios.
Build your business case for change with “what-if analysis”
By performing discrete event simulation using either Process or BPMN models, you get the opportunity to foresee the results of changes to your process that are impractical to test any other way. iGrafx simulation provides realistic, accurate results based on in-depth scenarios that can include real-life empirical data and custom distributions. Dynamic animation of simulation steps helps validate your models as they are being built, and enhances understanding of where bottlenecks are developing, as well as highlights simulation paths and results.
Easily simulate full factorial experiments, risk-free
Identify optimal changes by designing and performing full factorial experiments in a risk-free environment. Through a direct integration with other essential Six Sigma tools like Minitab® or JMP®, experience reduced project time and potential for errors. Improve accuracy of the process model and simulation results through statistical fitting of real world data.
Make informed decisions leading to process improvement
You can’t move people around in your organization just to test out a possible improvement scenario. By modeling resources and assigning RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted and Informed) to your process activities, iGrafx discrete event simulation pinpoints resource contentions and supports informed decision-making regarding the impact of resource adjustments on your business.
Anticipate potential issues
By describing causes with linked fishbone and pareto chart views, understand which actions will make the biggest positive impact. Mitigate failure mode effects faster with color-coded FMEA spreadsheets linked to processes and activities.
Bring opportunities for improvement into focus
Leverage your process maps to perform powerful path-based analysis. Using simulation data, visualize critical paths through your processes and maximize improvements. Identify what’s limiting process performance in your organization depending on the priorities you’ve set (e.g., the critical path may be different if cost is more important than speed). Easily calculate process quality through Rolled Throughput Yield for the overall process or path.
Visualize results of multiple scenario analysis
View simulation results - through tabular and graphical reports - that show side-by-side comparison of the As-Is current state and To-Be future state of your process. Utilize a wealth of data to analyze process behavior, using individual and aggregated statistics based on Time, Cost, Resources, Queuing and custom statistics you can define. Logging information on individual transactions enables further, in-depth analysis.
Maximize mapping productivity and minimize errors
Nobody does diagramming like iGrafx. Creating and editing process maps, whether they use cross-functional Swimlanes® or BPMN 2.0, is made easy with out-of-the-box templates and lots of features to help create diagrams that communicate exactly what you want with minimal clicks. Automatic correct-by-construction and rules checking capabilities will ensure BPMN diagrams meet notation standards and help enforce process compliance. With simple drag and drop, create diagrams from reusable processes and activities and automatically create relationships to resources, describe support from automated systems and more.
Easily share your processes and related content
Share any iGrafx diagrams or processes with your peers as PDF documents as well as HTML and Microsoft® Office documents. And don’t worry about page parameters or how your process will look as a published document as you capture your processes – we take care of that for you.
Take your legacy content to the next level.
Leverage existing process documentation by converting Microsoft® Visio® diagrams to iGrafx format and open up the opportunity to perform more efficient and accurate process modeling and simulation.
Streamline document workflow
Managing process documents through multiple stages of maturity is important not only from a regulatory perspective, but also for a systematic approach to process development. Retain version histories and take your process models from drafts to review stages through approval and sign-off with sophisticated capabilities for making sure the right people are informed and involved at the right stages.
Bring process knowledge out of the dark
Collaborate on processes and reuse the process knowledge that has been built up by yourself and other Process Experts over time. Process optimization and improvement projects can leverage all available process information including process maps, analysis reports, spreadsheets and related documents. With Web and mobile access, process consumers can annotate or comment on processes.