Quality control experts lean heavily on the so-called “7 Basic Tools of Quality” to fine-tune processes as part of an overall quality assurance effort.
It’s said that these basic quality assurance tools were first emphasized by Karou Ishikawa, a Japanese organizational theorist who’s credited as a heavyweight in quality management and is especially known for the development of the quality circle and Ishikawa, or fishbone, diagram, which is itself one of the 7 basic tools we’ll talk about in this article. As is often the cause in quality, you can also detect the influence of W. Edwards Deming on the 7 basic tools.
The 7 tools are graphing techniques that are very helpful for, and commonly used, for quality control troubleshooting purposes.
So let’s start learning about these very useful techniques for quality control.