Ready-made charts that are professionally made are much sought after these days. We see a rising demand for run charts that can be easily edited. So, to help you in finishing your work faster and in a smart way, here are fifteen run chart templates.

The first in our list is a weekly defect run chart template. It has a very simple format which can be used to monitor only one parameter, in this case it is ‘defects’. There are certain parameters which have a tendency of changing over time. These need to be recorded as the time changes. To make it clear and easy to interpret, changes in the parameter are recorded and presented in the form of a run chart.

Example Template #1

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Unlike the first run chart which shows one parameter, the second run chart template shows multiple parameters in a single plot. This chart observes that eight random people start walking from point zero and move forward. In the plot, the frequently changing lines show their current positions, X-axis (horizontal line) shows time and Y-axis (vertical line) shows the position. Another use of this template can be in a factory outlet to monitor the outputs produced by each worker in a certain time period.

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Next in line is a run chart which shows daily average imperfections with sample mean. The horizontal line cutting the chart in the middle shows sample mean. This type of run chart template is used by hospitals, clinics and healthcare institutions to monitor certain conditions or organs of the body. The changes in the condition of a patient are recorded with time and presented in the form of a chart.

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The fourth run chart template is a colorful chart showing a single parameter. Unlike the previous one which has a blank background, in this chart horizontal lines can be seen in the background. It is a typical run chart depicting the number of customer complaints happening every month.

Some times, run charts also show trends and shifts. But as you can see in the chart below, there is no obvious sequence forming.

A trend is formed when the line moves up or down in a sequential way. A run chart captures the values as per their time of happening. It maintains the order of data generation. For e.g., in this case, complaints filed in the month of January comes first, and next in line is February, March, and so on.

Example Template #4

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You will be able to see a shift in the below shown run chart template. The timeline in the horizontal axis captures data per week instead of months. There is a general rule which says if continuously seven to eight values are above / below the group’s average value, then we can say a shift has happened. In most of the cases, it does not happen randomly. This template can be used to show the sales of a particular product after a change in its advertisement.

Example Template #5

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The next run chart template will help you to compare your performance with that of the industry standard. This chart shown below can be used by hotels to analyze the length of stay of its customers, i.e., guests. The run chart will show if they are above or below the median. It can also be used by hospitals who want to see how quickly they cure and release their patients. If their success rate is high, then they can claim it and use this as leverage to boost their goodwill in the society.

Example Template #6

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A run chart helps you to differentiate between a randomly occurring event and a genuine trend. Any business house would not like to claim false improvements and gains. So here the run charts come into picture. They show clear and precise image of what is happening and when is it happening.

The next run chart template in row is a simple chart. It has a colored plot and horizontal lines are spread across the entire plot. In its simplest state, it presents the data which has been collected over time. Date is mentioned in the X axis (horizontal axis) and factor value is mentioned in Y axis (vertical axis). Median of the data is presented in the form of a blue line running in the middle.

Example Template #7

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The other name of a run chart is a run-sequence plot. The eighth run chart template you are seeing has a simple white background. This picture has no grid in the background. Median line is drawn in the middle, with Y axis depicting measurements and X axis depicting time or sequence. It focuses on a single parameter. Quality improvement projects can be undertaken after thoroughly viewing the data over time. You can sort out the issues and begin any new projects after reviewing the previous ones.

Run charts are a great way of confirming what you already know and quantifying it in a sensible manner. Run charts can be made by personnel working at any level of management in the organization, be it at the junior level or directorate level.

Example Template #8

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Next in line is a plain run chart. It has bright colored lines to make it look more appealing. Months are mentioned in the X axis and numbers are mentioned in the Y axis. Median is drawn in the middle which is cutting the variations. Horizontal lines can be seen covering the plot area.

This is a general kind of run chart which can be used by any person at any department. Finance, marketing, HR, operations, etc., all these departments’ data can be presented in this form of run chart.

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Run charts are a great way to find out the occurrence of any non-random variations. This run chart template shown below has a horizontal line which is cutting the data points in two parts. It is the median of the data. Each data point has not been labeled here. Median has been labeled at the end of the line. However, if you wish to label each point in the plot, you can do so by editing it. The design of this run chart is also different from the others. The lines joining the dots are not connected.

Example Template #10

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To find out any non-random variation, you can perform different run tests. The next run chart is unique in its own way. You can see that there are three parameters included in the plot. Each parameter has been presented by using different dots and line styles. There are two dashed lines and one solid line. Another thing different about this design is that there are numbers mentioned on both vertical sides of the plot.

All run charts present the same data and yield the same result. A person can choose any design as per his taste. Excel charts are usually dull, but to make it more lively we have got these run charts.

Example Template #11

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When you see a pattern forming in your data, you should investigate to find out the causes behind the variations. Corrective steps must be taken if there is a negative pattern or trend forming in the run chart. You do not need any statistical knowledge to figure out patterns in a run chart. It is an easy and simple solution when it comes to presenting large data sets which do not look appealing in Excel.

The below shown run chart template has a different design. The plot area is plain white, while the outer part is colored. A line is connecting all the blue dots. However, the plot also includes other data which has been marked randomly. A summary is given below the plot which explains the data set in detail.

Example Template #12

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The next run chart template in queue has dates mentioned in the horizontal axis and figures mentioned in the vertical axis. On each date, six samples have been taken. Mean of the defects has been derived and plotted. The dots in the plot shows mean defects. These dots have been joined by a solid line. The entire data set has been written right below the plot to make it easy for any reader to analyze.

Example Template #13

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Run charts can also be termed as trend charts because they show trends and patterns. We can say that it is a modified version of a simple line chart. However, con about run charts is that they cannot be a right version to justify complex variations.

This run chart template has vertical lines drawn throughout the plot. It is bright and appealing. Data labels are colored blue who have a position above the center line. Those below the center line are mentioned in red. This kind of template is used by people who wish to make their presentations more attractive.

Example Template #14

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This last run chart template in our list has a table drawn on left side which contains the data set. On right side we have the run chart. And on the upper side of the template, you have been given space to write the title of the chart and axis labels. Hence, you can see that run charts are neither difficult to build nor difficult to read. No special skills are required here, and it can be used from the very beginning of a project.

Example Template #15

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