Last Updated on 16 September 2023
Commonly known as Spider or Web Charts, Radar Charts offer a multi-dimensional visualization strategy to analyze several dependent variables concurrently. Each variable is plotted on a separate axis that starts from the center of the chart. All these axes are arranged radially, causing the chart’s resemblance to a radar or a spider web. This unique representation method enables us to make easy comparisons across multiple dimensions, thus providing a comprehensive view of the data.
What are the benefits of using a Radar chart?
Some of the benefits include:
- Multivariate Comparisons: Radar charts simplify the complex task of comparing multiple dependent variables, crucial during our Six Sigma project analysis.
- Team Performance Analysis: They can help assess the performance of individuals across multiple skills or metrics, providing actionable insights.
- Benchmarking: Radar charts can effortlessly highlight gaps in performance against standard benchmarks.
Harnessing Radar Charts in Six Sigma
Now, let’s talk about how we can leverage Radar Charts on our path to Six Sigma mastery:
- Identify the Variables: List down the parameters or variables you want to compare. Remember, the more parameters you have, the trickier it gets to interpret the chart.
- Choose the Scale: Scales may differ for different variables, so normalization (0-1 scale) is commonly applied.
- Plot the Points: Each point on an axis represents a variable value.
- Connect the Dots: Lastly, join up the dots to create a ‘web’ shape and make comparisons and analysis.