Lean Six Sigma

Tips To Ensure Your Kaizen Event Is Successful

Kaizen events are meant to be focused, short in length, low risk, and low cost.  The idea is to try something, see if it works, then try something else.  Kaizen events are a means of continually making improvements, identify waste and eliminate it adding more value as each new improvement is made. They are not intended to be a one-time event. The kaizen event must be planned and structured. ...

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The Art of Coaching Lean Six Sigma Projects

Coaching Lean Six Sigma students is a process that enhances their skills and capabilities.  It helps the student translate what they learn in class into applied learning and helps them develop confidence in their newly developing knowledge and skills.  The coach must listen, observe, and provide constructive feedback. In addition, the coach ensures the project stays on track and is completed in...

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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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