1. Problem Recognition

A relative has owned a barber shop for quite some time now and he has noticed that all though the business was picking up in the first couple of years it is now in a downhill trend. He set out to find out why and what could be done to flip this around. He setup a survey to figure out what were the key reasons that his customers weren’t coming back.

1. Development the Feasible Alternative

The following key complaints were collected and categorized through the survey he had setup.

• Hygiene level
• Friendliness of the employees
• Efficiency of employees
• Price
• Wait time
• Other complaints
1. Development of the Outcome for Alternative

 Number of complaints Cumulative number Cumulative percentage Friendliness of the employees 24 24 32 Efficiency of employees 16 40 54 Wait time 19 59 80 Price 6 65 88 Hygiene level 5 70 95 Other complaints 4 74 100

Table-1 categorized customer’s complaints with cumulative No. & percentage

1. Selection of Criteria

Pareto principle, also known as the 80-20 rule, this rule can be further explained as that most things in life are not distributed evenly. It can mean all of the following things:

• 20% of the input creates 80% of the result
• 20% of the workers produce 80% of the result
• 20% of the customers create 80% of the revenue
• 20% of the bugs cause 80% of the crashes
• 20% of the features cause 80% of the usage
1. Analysis and Comparison of the Alternative

Figure-1 Pareto Chart

1. Selection of the Preferred Alternative

From Pareto chart, by focusing at the employees’ friendliness and their efficiency he can solve 80% of customers’ complaints.

1. Performance Monitoring and the Post Evaluation of Result

Implementing the Pareto chart is not a one stage operation the business owner should look at making the changes concluded from the first assessment and then hold another assessment to see if those changes have affected the results or more actions need to be taken in order to resolve the customer complaints.

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