Run charts

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A run chart is the accumulation of multiple data points over time, usually displayed on a line graph. Run charts are used to find trends or patterns in the functioning of a specific system.


  • Graphically displays data so that differences or changes are easily observed
  • Can be useful in finding critical time periods when various problems are prone to occur
  • Can be used often and with different types of data
  • Trends from a run chart can be used as the baseline for other continuous improvement tools


  • Is used with multiple data points collected over time
  • The data points must be in historical order

RunChart example

Published on January 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm Comments (0)

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