Lean Six Sigma

Eight Reasons Why Lean Six Sigma Works

Much has been written about Lean Six Sigma and it’s benefits to an organization.  Here are some of the basic reasons. Bottom-line results.  Many projects undertaken will have cost savings potential and should be an integral part of any Lean Six Sigma effort.  In addition, those projects that impact customer satisfaction will also impact the bottom line and result in increased revenue in the...

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How To Handle Negative Reactions To Your Lean Six Sigma Solutions

Not all your proposed solutions to problems will be accepted without question.  Inorder not to be caught off-guard, you need to anticipate and be prepared for negative reactions to your proposed solutions. Negative reactions to ideas have occurred throughout history.  When Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous astronomer, presented his original idea that the sun, rather than the earth, is the center...

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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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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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