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Developing A Successful LSS Program Takes A Lot Of Work, But The Rewards & Payback Are Tremendous!

The following are guidelines and tips that I have found over the years to be beneficial in the deployment of a Lean Six Sigma initiative.  Lean Six Sigma is a management strategy and, like any strategy, needs to have the necessary resources and commitment allocated to make it successful.     Top Management Without top management support, the Lean Six Sigma effort is doomed to fail. ...

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Determining Which Tool or Technique to Use Gets Easier With Experience

Deciding which tool or technique to use is sometimes challenging, but usually becomes less of a problem with experience.  As an MBB I have certain favorite tools and techniques I use more often because I am more familiar with them and am more comfortable using them. I personally like tools that are graphical in nature, tools such as Pareto charts, box plots, run charts, control charts, VSM,...

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Error Proof and Mistake Proof To Prevent Human Error

Human error is a huge problem.  It is the third leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals. Researchers estimate that 250,000 people die every year from medical errors in the U.S. alone. Worldwide, human error is the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.  These are staggering numbers.  In addition to the life and death consequences related to human error, consider all...

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Control Your Lean Six Sigma Success

The control phase is one of the most important in the DMAIC process, for it is this phase that makes or breaks the success of your project.  Up to now, you’ve done a lot of hard work collecting and analyzing data, identifying the root causes of the problem, developing and implementing solutions to address those root causes. Now it’s time to document what you’ve done and make...

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Think Your Way Through The Improve Phase

You and your team have identified the causes of your problem and are now ready to develop solutions that will keep the problem from ever occurring again.  In this phase, the team will develop, test, pilot, and implement the solutions for the problem or issue they’re trying to improve. Some critical checkpoints for this phase are: Try to generate several possible solutions.  The goal is...

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