Lean Six Sigma

Four Elements of a Successful Continuous Improvement Program

Problems, customer issues, productivity issues, and making decisions are an inherent part of daily life in every organization.  Many organizations do an outstanding job and are able to resolve issues and make decisions very efficiently and quickly.  However, there are still many organizations that struggle to resolve the simplest of issues. Why is it that some organizations are so much better...

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Do You Really Understand The Data You’re Collecting?

Organizations collect massive amounts of data every day.  Production numbers, inventory numbers, sales, costs, customer feedback, efficiencies, process data, etc.  There’s probably not a metric on the face of the earth that’s not being collected somewhere.  Managers, workers, engineers, scientists, financial analysts, bankers, doctors, nurses, educators, students, etc. all digest...

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Base Your Problem Solving on Facts Not Data

Collecting the right data is important, but being able to turn that data into useful information is paramount in determining the right countermeasure to solve a problem.  When defects are produced, and we find out only through data, we miss the chance to take appropriate corrective actions.  Thus we may not be able to discover the true cause of the defects, resulting in our inability to take...

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What Organizations Want From Their Continuous Improvement Efforts

Organizations have different reasons and needs when trying to implement continuous improvement.  Whether it be Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen, etc., there is no one size fits all.  But everyone will agree they need to do something to improve their operations or they face being passed up by the competition. I’ve listed some of the reasons I hear from my clients and what they expect from a...

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Stretch Goals Can Have Huge Impact When Used Properly

Jack Welch was quoted as saying, “By reaching for what appears to be the impossible, we often actually do the impossible.  And even when we do not quite make it, we inevitably wind up doing much better than we would have done.” Stretch goals by definition are goals that you don’t know how to reach, i.e., goals that are difficult and seem impossible.  These are not modest...

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Lean Strategy Requires Lean To Be the Foundational Core For Everything You Do

Many companies think they can implement lean by simply laying it on top of what they already do or delegating it to their operations folks.  This simply won’t work!  In order for you to be successful, lean must be a strategic approach that effects everything you do. As an organization, you need to evaluate all your processes to determine the value-add you provide your customers....

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