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Attendees of QFD Green Belt® and QFD Black Belt® Courses receive QFD Institute's Modern QFD templates and exemplary generic case studies as part of their course materials. These templates reflect the most up-to-date best practice Modern QFD tools essential for successful QFD and product development projects.
Students can learn how to use them effectively in the classroom using a project from their own work. The templates do not require installation of special software. QFD Institute's QFD Green Belt® training may be a lower cost alternative to dedicated QFD software package.
Those who have graduated from the QFD Belt Courses with full status or provisional Certificate can obtain the latest version of the templates by attending the QFD Green Belt® Update and Black Belt® Update Courses as well as the latest editions of the QFD Green Belt® and QFD Black Belt® manuals. When available, other complimentary trial software may be distributed to attendees of the QFD Belt Courses and the annual QFD Symposium.
We often receive inquiries from people regarding QFD software. It is usually their limited exposure of QFD that has led them to believe that it is a "cookie cutter" process for whatever data they input, some software will give a meaningful output.
"Of course, we all want something we can just dump data into and get answers out. Sorry, there is no such software that will keep your company unique and competitive... While there are many uses for matrices (knowledge management, for example), virtually all QFD software available for sale or free download confuses the 'House of Quality matrix' for QFD, and they all rely on outdated illegal math that causes your analysis and downstream deployments to be invalid and consequently even detrimental to project success." [QFDI Newsletter "Top 10 QFD Questions"]
More important, Modern Blitz QFD® replaces matrices with simpler tables or requires no matrix at all in some cases. The QFD Green Belt® and QFD Black Belt® courses include MS Excel® templates for both Blitz QFD® tables as well as House of Quality matrix with the correct levels and math.
QFD is a quality methodology; it requires quality thinking. It is very flexible due to its breadth and depth, so that what works for one company may be inappropriate for another. Ideally, QFD should be custom-tailored for each company. Thus, relying on software to do a QFD project for you or teach you QFD can be risky and wasteful if you are not able to tell whether the QFD model in the software is valid for your project or not.
Before you purchase a commercial QFD software product, we recommend your at least first take a public QFD Green Belt® Course to familiarize yourself with good QFD basics so that you will be able to select the best option for your project.
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