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3 Reasons Lean Six Sigma May Not Be Right For Your Organization?

Many organizations have implemented and are benefiting from Lean Six Sigma.  But is there a time when Lean Six Sigma is not right for your organization? I’ve written about the benefits of Lean Six Sigma and how it takes a dedicated infrastructure, execution, and strong management support and oversight.  Lean Six Sigma is not for the faint of heart and will change the culture and...

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Want A Successful Lean Six Sigma Deployment? Follow These 12 Steps!

Having been involved in Lean Six Sigma for over 20 years, I’ve seen many organizations struggle with deploying Lean Six Sigma.  Some start off with great intentions but then seem to falter as they move forward. I am proud of the fact that I was part of a very successful Lean Six Sigma deployment at Delphi (now Aptiv).  Not that we did everything right, but we were were able to implement...

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Check Out How This Will Help Your Company Prevent Mistakes & Errors!

Illustration by Don Pedicini, Liberty Graphics People variation is a given in every business; the key is to understand how it’s impacting your processes. Distractions, skill-level, attitude, personality, and inadequate processes are all conditions that cause people-related variation. What one employee might do well can be a challenge for another, and this variation in people skills...

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Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen! What Is The Best Direction For Your Organization?

Shutterstock Illustration Methodologies are almost as numerous as the tools they use. Organizations sometime struggle with where to start their improvement effort especially when resources are few and funds are in short supply. It really gets down to thinking about the problems you face as an organization and then selecting the right CI method to address those needs. If your organization...

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10 Ways to Improve Your Organization’s Ability to Solve Problems

Problem solving is a skill that anyone can learn and become more proficient.  As individuals, we constantly solve problems everyday.  But it seems that problems in the workplace are much tougher to solve for a variety of reasons.  Much of this is due to the complexity and technical nature of the problems we encounter at work.  In thinking about this, I’ve identified 10 ways that...

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Most Organizations Focus on People Instead of Systems

A system is a method by which you achieve results.  The failure to achieve desired results is caused by the inadequacy of the method or system.  Because leaders and organizations don’t understand their systems, they then turn their attention on people.  Rather than understanding and improving their systems, they seek better results by exhorting and seeking to motivate their...

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