We often receive inquiries from people regarding QFD software. It is usually their limited understanding that has led them to believe that QFD is a "cookie cutter" process.
something that one can just dump data into and get answers out—without actually learning anything or using brain.
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 of QFD software products that are available for sale or free download have serious flaws. For example, all of them confuse the 'House of Quality matrix' for QFD and they all rely on outdated illegal math that causes your analysis and downstream deployments to be invalid, consequently leading your project to a detrimental outcome. ("Top 10 QFD Questions") These software developers never had proper QFD training. When they do not even recognize these basic mistakes, how can you trust their software to lead you in QFD process?
More important, Modern Blitz QFD® replaces matrices with simpler tables or in some cases it requires no matrix at all.
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 that you 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.
Attendees of QFD Green Belt® and QFD Black Belt® Courses receive QFD Institute's Modern QFD templates and exemplary 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 of these courses can learn how to utilize the templates effectively in the classroom, using a project from their own work. Our 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.
Additionally, graduates of these courses can obtain the latest version of the templates in the QFD Green Belt® Update and Black Belt® Update courses which also provide them the latest editions of the training manuals and semi-private coaching.
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