Six Sigma

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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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 Analyze Phase Is Similar To Putting A Puzzle Together

By the analyze phase, you and your team should have the project well defined, smart goals and objectives identified, the scope of your project narrowed, a project metric established, and pertinent data collected.  You’re now ready to determine which of the x’s is causing the variation in your product, process, or service.  Hopefully, the team has spent considerable time at Gemba...

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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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