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10 Popular Lean Six Sigma Templates -

Here are 10 of the most popular Lean Six Sigma Templates which you, our learners, and our team of Master Black Belts also find the most valuable.

You can download all of these useful templates on each of their respective pages below. We hope you find them as useful as we do! Please note that these templates are listed in no particular order.

1. Project Charter

The Project Charter is an official, basic document that outlines a process improvement project. It is the first step in a Lean Six Sigma project, and therefore takes place in the Define phase of DMAIC. However, it can be periodically reviewed, refined, and revised throughout the project. Learn more about the Project Charter.

2. Gemba Walk Interview Sheet

The Gemba Walk Interview Sheet is a simple data collection form, designed for transactional processes. It is used to ask pertinent questions during a Gemba Walk. Learn more about the Gemba Walk Interview Sheet.

3. Stakeholder Analysis

A Stakeholder Analysis enables you to outline who has a vested interest in how a process performs. Remember that stakeholders do not receive the product or service. It helps you determine how and when to reach out and communicate with stakeholders to build buy-in, which is critical to a project’s success. Learn more about the Stakeholder Analysis.

4. RACI Matrix

A RACI Matrix is a powerful tool that helps increase accountability for a project. RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted and Informed. It provides structure and clarity to projects by listing action items, responsible people and follow-up items. Learn more about the RACI Matrix.

5. Data Collection Plan

This is a well thought out approach to data collection that includes information around where to collect data, how to collect it, when to collect it and who is responsible. This plan is prepared for each measure and includes helpful details such as the operational definition of the measure as well as any sampling plans. Learn more about the Data Collection Plan.

6. Value and Cycle Time Analysis

Cycle Time is the total time elapsed from the beginning of a process to its end. In Lean Six Sigma, analyzing and reducing Cycle Time can not only speed up process completion, but it can reduce defects and costs by allowing time to be used more wisely and efficiently. Learn more about Value and Cycle Time Analysis.

7. Impact/Effort Matrix

The Impact/Effort Matrix is a 2 x 2 grid that helps you assess solutions for their relative impact given the effort required. It provides a quick way to filter out solutions that might not be worth the effort. The best solutions are in the upper right quadrant, easy to implement but with substantial impact. Learn more about the Impact/Effort Matrix.

8. Weighted Criteria Matrix

The Weighted Criteria Matrix helps you decide between competing solution ideas that are mutually exclusive. It helps you understand the solutions’ expense and impact on others by driving discussion. It’s a great communication tool. Learn more about the Weighted Criteria Matrix.


Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a risk management tool that identifies and quantifies the influence of potential failures in a system. Learn more about FMEA.

10. New Procedure Audit

The New Procedure Audit provides an easy way to check for adaptation to the new way of doing things once a project is successfully completed. It serves as a remind for both you and the process participants. Learn more about the New Procedure Audit.

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Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.