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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. 

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 chartA 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.

Plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycleThe PDCA 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.


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

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