November 2015

    Harnessing the 8th AND 9th Waste of Lean Six Sigma


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    Harnessing the 8th AND 9th Waste of Lean Six Sigma
    November 27, 2015 - Yes, you heard me right, there is a 9th Waste ! We all know the 8th waste is the under-utilisation of our people but what about the 9th waste; the under-utilisation of our customers.An underestimated factor in all Lean Six Sigma deployments is the...

    What is the main goal of a Six Sigma implementation?


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    What is the main goal of a Six Sigma implementation?
    November 21, 2015 - The main goal of a Six Sigma implementation will vary from company to company. Of course every business wants to achieve better results by implementing Six Sigma, but how they do that will vary. No two implementations will be the same, even if on...

    A Reflective Perspective on Schein


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    A Reflective Perspective on Schein
    November 21, 2015 - I will take time to be alone today. I will take time to be quiet. In this silence I will listen… and I will hear my answers. – Ruth FishelOne of my great pleasures is going for a walk on the beach a couple blocks from my house....

    What is Kaizen Jitsu?


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    What is Kaizen Jitsu?
    November 20, 2015 - I received an award last week from the CEO of the major Government Department that I’m currently engaged with, which was a great honour and made myself and my family very proud. At the dinner celebrations, a colleague asked what it was that...

    The Industrial Internet of Things: Secrets to Finding ROI Today


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    November 20, 2015 - An IndustryWeek-hosted webinar, sponsored by SAS Webinar Details Date & Time: ...

    Zero Defects is Not Unreasonable


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    Zero Defects is Not Unreasonable
    November 19, 2015 - One of the most often witnessed symptoms of Lean Management that I come across nowadays are whiteboards with performance indicators. These serve as one of the central elements in weekly (or when I’m lucky, daily) huddles that are so...

    Lean Six Sigma To Be Used in VA Health Care System Revitalization


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    Lean Six Sigma To Be Used in VA Health Care System Revitalization
    November 19, 2015 - At a recent National Press Club luncheon, Veterans Secretary Robert A. McDonald affirmed his plans for advancing the VA health care system using Lean Six Sigma. “We started training leaders on Lean Six Sigma last month. By December 2016, we...

    Can Design of Experiments (DOE) Be Simplified?


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    November 17, 2015 - Mark J. Anderson and Patrick J. Whitcomb just published the the third edition of their innovative book, DOE Simplified: Practical Tools for Effective Experimentation, and I had the chance to speak with Mark about its content. I asked him: "Nothing...

    Toyota Kata and Hoshin Kanri


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    Toyota Kata and Hoshin Kanri
    November 16, 2015 - Jeff asked an interesting question in a comment to the post Often Skipped: Understand the Challenge and Direction:[Hoshin Kanri] seems to suggest I reach long term objectives (vision) through short term initiatives/projects as if I can...

    Correcting Six Sigma Issues


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    Correcting Six Sigma Issues
    November 16, 2015 - Using Six Sigma as an approach to process improvement can yield a significant return on investment. However, too often those who initially embrace the concept of Six Sigma are left disappointed when the implementation process is unsuccessful.There...

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