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### The Pareto Chart in Six Sigma

Charts can either be a simple bar graph in descending order, or a Dual Y-Axis Chart with a cumulative percentage line and an 80%-line included. When you create a six sigma Pareto Chart, the X-axis (horizontal axis) displays nominal or categorical data formula. It’s data that can be grouped using a name. This is non-numeric information, so it’s impossible to take an average or median. The categories are usually based on the problem areas or causes of the problem.

Pareto Chart combines both a bar chart and a line chart. The bar graph displays the frequency of defects or occurrences, while the line graph represents the cumulative data in descending order.

### What is the Pareto Principle?

The Pareto Principle was named after economist Vilfredo Pareto who stated that 80% (results or consequences) are a result of 20% (actions). The Pareto Principle asserts that there is an unequal relationship between inputs and outputs.

The Pareto Principle, also known as the Pareto Rule or the 80/20 formula rule, in six sigma is a reminder that there is no balance between inputs and outputs. The Pareto Principle, when it comes to productivity is based on 80% of our results coming from only 20% of actions.

### What are the uses of Pareto Charts?

It is used in the diagnostic phase for any project aimed at improving quality. The Pareto Chart also highlights high-priority areas, where initial improvement efforts should be focused to get the best results. Pareto Charts can be used for busting myths, such as when reviewing old beliefs about the real cause of a problem. It can also be used to indicate areas that need further investigation.

A six sigma Pareto formula has the purpose to separate out the important aspects of a particular problem from the less significant ones. The Pareto Chart can help teams to understand how best to improve a situation by separating the different elements. It is important to eliminate the biggest bars in the chart first since their removal will have a greater impact on the overall improvement.

Pareto Charts have been widely used for lean manufacturing, healthcare and productivity, economics and wealth distribution, and software development.

### What is the 80/20 rule of Pareto charts?

According to the 80/20 formula rule in six sigma, nearly 80% (or 80%) of effects are caused by 20% of causes. Pareto Charts help teams focus on the areas that have the biggest impact. Pareto Charts help teams focus on areas of improvement that have the greatest impact. The data points that are above the 80% line represent the trivial categories (or 80% of the Rule). The vital few then are the areas of priority that must be addressed to achieve a significant improvement. The vital few are those causes that contribute to 80% or more of the problems. The 80/20 Rule can have a significant impact on a business. As an example, 80% of sales are generated by 20% of clients. 80% of complaints are generated by 20% of customers.

### How to create a Pareto chart for Six Sigma

The Pareto Chart can be easily created by teams who follow the steps below.

**Identify the problem that you wish to investigate****Brainstorm or use existing data to create a list of possible causes****Select a meaningful unit for measuring the problem**, often cost or frequency**Choose an appropriate period of time**– Ensure the period chosen is long enough for the situation to be captured. Choose a time period that takes into account seasonality and shorter patterns on a weekly basis.**Collect data for each group of problems**-Teams can use historical or real-time data**Compare the frequency and cost of each problem group****Display problems and costs in a graph**– List the problems along the horizontal line and the frequencies or costs along the vertical line. List the problems on the horizontal line in ascending order, from left to right. List the frequency or cost of the problem vertically.

The Pareto Chart displays and captures the problems that occur in a particular process, as well as their impact. The Pareto Chart can be used by project teams to decide what problem to address first. Ask which problems will have the biggest impact on your customers and profits when choosing the target problem.

The Pareto Principle allows Six Sigma practitioners to see that the majority of problems in a process are caused by a few causes. The Pareto Chart gives additional details by showing the causes of defects, and how frequently or how much these defects cost. Pareto Charts make it easier for team members to decide which issue to address first because they provide a clear picture of the problem.

### What are Some Examples of Pareto Charts in Six Sigma?

Pareto Charts can be used to show the relationship between causes and consequences of problems. Pareto Charts are used in many different fields, including medicine, quality control, lean production, business sales, and distribution of wealth. Here are some examples of how the Pareto Chart is used in practice.

- 20% of workers do 80% of the work.
- 20% of all your activities will produce 80% of the results.
- 80% of the sales are a result of 20% of customers.
- The results of 20% of marketing efforts are 80%.
- 20% of posts generate 80% of traffic.
- 80% of quality failures are caused by 20% of tasks.
- Software development takes up 20% of the time, but 80% of its functionality is achieved.
- The first 20% effort on a project will yield 80% of its results.
- You must spend 80% of your working time on the 20% of your business that yields the best results.
- 80% of a program’s logic is executed using only 20% of its classes or code.

### What is the history of Pareto Charts?

Joseph Juran developed the Pareto Principle or 80/20 Rule. This is the name of the Pareto Chart. He named it after the Italian economist VilfredoPareto. Vilfredo Parado discovered in 1800 that only 20% of Italians owned 80% of Italy’s land. He was a keen gardener. He discovered that 80% of the best peas are found in only 20% of pea pods.

Joseph Juran called the rule the vital few and the trivial many because he used it to eliminate the less important factors when making decisions. How does this relate to quality improvement? Joseph Juran discovered that 80% of problems are caused by 20% of causes. For many events, 80% of effects are caused by 20% of causes. In business, 80% of complaints are from 20% of customers and 80% of sales come from the same 20% of clients.

Leland Wilkinson, statistician, and computer scientist created in 2006 an algorithm to produce statistically-based acceptance limits for every bar on the Pareto chart. These charts can be created by Excel, online quality chart generators, and statistical software. The Pareto chart has become one of seven tools in quality control.

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