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Pareto

What It Is Used For

  • To organize and prioritize data from highest to lowest.

When to Use It

  • When trying to prioritize activities or focus for a team or for an organization.

Important Notes

  • The team or organization should focus on the vital few (those items with the highest levels) and not the trivial many (those with the lowest levels).
  • If you have more than 6 categories, group all of the small ones together at the end in an “Other” category.

Pareto Diagram