Lean Six Sigma

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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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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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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The DMAIC Measure Phase Requires Diligence and Patience

The measure phase is important for a number of reasons.  It is in this phase that the team gets into the nitty-gritty of the project.  Because of this there are a number of things that can go wrong for an inexperienced team.  Here are some of the more common pitfalls that can occur: Failure to go to gemba.  I’ve never seen a problem or issue that’s been resolved in a conference...

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To Ensure Your Project Is A Success Focus On The Define Phase

The define phase of any Lean Six Sigma project is critical to its success.  It is the phase of DMAIC that makes or breaks a team’s ability to make rapid improvement.  Many of the project’s benchmarks are developed and formed in the define phase and a team’s failure to get it right can spell disaster as the project proceeds.  In myy experience as a Master Black Belt and...

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