Lean Six Sigma

Walking The Talk Is More Than Lip Service

More and more organizations dabble in Lean Six Sigma everyday.  Some see the chaos that exists in their organization and want to stop the bleeding.  Others see it as a means to become more efficient and thus save time and money.  Some see it as a way to increase revenue without increasing headcount therefore doing more with less resources. But how many organizations go all in and are...

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Calculating Project Savings in a Lean Six Sigma Program

Nothing speaks louder than saving money for most organizations.  Owners, CEOs, and top executives want to know that employees are working on projects that are going to make customers happy and make a difference to the bottom line.  They want to see a return on investment for the training expense and the time teams spend working on projects.  Nothing works better when it comes to accomplishing...

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Importance of Monitoring Processes and Having Good Data

We’ve all been taught that without data our understanding of problems is just an opinion and in order to understand a problem or make a decision we must have good data.  During our training in continuous improvement and Lean Six Sigma we are taught the importance of a good data collection plan, having an accurate measurement system and the need to establish operational definitions if...

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Standardize Work Process To Provide Customers Better Products & Services

Much of the work we do consists of repetitive tasks:  changing a die in a stamping press, closing the books every month or running a weekly or monthly meeting.  These repetitive tasks can be studied and improved to make them more efficient, reliable, easier, safer, and more productive.  We  then document the best method and teach it to everyone associated with the task.  This will make...

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Use Value Stream Maps to Understand Process, Information, and Material Flow

  Value stream maps are very useful in analyzing processes because they help identify ways to improve flow and eliminate waste and non-value-added (NVA) activities.  Value stream mapping can also help you achieve other objectives: Establish a baseline for improvement Determine where bottlenecks occur in the process Measurement of key metrics, such as cycle time, downtime, yield,...

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An Organizational Roadmap For Lean Six Sigma Deployment

Just as project teams use DMAIC as their improvement roadmap, organizations must use a roadmap to build the essential foundation that will support and sustain their Lean Six Sigma deployment.  A simple five step roadmap was developed by Pande, Neuman and Cavanagh and discussed in their book The Six Sigma Way, How GE, Motorola, and Other Top Companies are Honing Their Performance, McGraw-Hill,...

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