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Procurement and Lean Six Sigma

Procurement organizations face many challenges in today’s environment.  Receiving the right supplies, at the right time, in the right quantities is often easier said than done.  Working with many suppliers to receive goods that are defect-free is not for the faint of heart.  Lean Six Sigma principles and techniques provide an excellent toolset for working with the many challenges these...

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Engineers Use Lean Six Sigma Principles To Help Them Think Scientifically

As an engineer myself, I often wished I could have started my career with the knowledge I had acquired by the end of my career.  I had the opportunity to learn something new every day, design new products and processes, work with great skilled tradespeople, solve problems, teach problem-solving and Lean Six Sigma around the world, and travel meeting new people.  It was a great career and I...

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Applying Lean in a Finance Department

One of the problems that many manufacturing companies face in deploying lean in their operation is the conflict with how to account for inventory.  In lean, we learn that inventory is waste and the root of all evil.  It is something we need to eliminate.  The standard-cost absorption accounting method, however, takes the opposite view: it rewards those who build inventory, allowing them to...

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Lean Six Sigma in Human Resources

Any process that has a gap in performance is a candidate for a Lean Six Sigma project and that includes the Human Resource processes and department.  Over the years I’ve been involved in a variety of HR projects that include: Reducing the time to hire new employees Hiring process for summer help On-boarding of new employees Improving the FMLA process Reducing recruitment...

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Healthcare Can Benefit Greatly Using Lean Techniques

In recent years healthcare has been under enormous pressure to reduce cost and improve customer satisfaction.  Hospitals getting squeezed on all sides and seeing rising costs are having to improve everything they do or risk going out of business.  Hospitals have looked at what manufacturing has done to reduce cost and many have started to implement Lean Six Sigma as a way to analyze and improve...

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