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Project Planning and Implementation Tools

Quality Glossary Definition: Project Planning Tools

Project planning tools are defined as a series of systems and methodologies designed to ensure teams are able to accomplish both short- and long-term projects. Project planning tools include charts and graphs designed to track progress, repetition-based approaches to testing and adjusting everyday processes, and other actions that allow organizations to manage and improve important projects.

Project Implementation Plans & Tools

The project implementation, planning, and execution tools listed below can help your organization manage an improvement project, test various iterations for a project, and successfully track a project’s tasks and components from start to completion.

Gantt Chart

  • A Gantt chart is a bar chart that shows the tasks of a project, when each must take place, how long each will take, and each task’s completion status.
  • Visit our Gantt chart explanation page to see how to build a Gantt chart, how an example Gantt chart functions, and find tools for building your own Gantt chart.

Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle or Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Cycle

  • The Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle is a four-step model for carrying out change on both small and large scales. This system is designed to that can be repeated again and again for continuous improvement, and allows companies to test and examine changes to their internal processes and systems.
  • Visit our Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle page to see an example of the PDCA cycle and learn more about how to implement this system.

Adapted from The Quality Toolbox, Second Edition, ASQ Quality Press.

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