November 2016

    Advice from the Gemba: The Most Frustrating Types of Waste (and How to Eliminate Them!)


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    Advice from the Gemba: The Most Frustrating Types of Waste (and How to Eliminate Them!)
    December 1, 2016 - If you've ever lost sleep over a particularly frustrating source of waste in your organization, you're not alone. Some forms of waste are easier to eliminate - others are so hard that they start to blur the line between "challenging" and...

    Healthcare: Leadership from the Trenches


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    Healthcare: Leadership from the Trenches
    November 30, 2016 - The healthcare industry has always struggled with change. Some have embraced quality improvement initiatives and philosophies with significant results. Many others still are missing the mark. They are implementing ‘change management’...

    The Joy of Playing in Endless Backyards with Statistics


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    November 30, 2016 - Dear Readers, As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the passage of time and changes. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, I love statistics and analyzing data! I also love talking and writing about it. In fact, I’ve been...

    The Joy of Playing in Endless Backyards with Statistics


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    The Joy of Playing in Endless Backyards with Statistics
    November 30, 2016 - Dear Readers,As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the passage of time and changes. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, I love statistics and analyzing data! I also love talking and writing about it. In fact, I’ve been...

    Requirements Management Plan: Why Do We Need It Anyway?


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    Requirements Management Plan: Why Do We Need It Anyway?
    November 30, 2016 - Requirements gathering is a small phase of the project.  Why do we need a plan for it?We have a project management plan for the project. Why do we need one more plan?We follow agile life cycle where in the project cycle is shortened. Then,...

    The Key to Successful Process Improvement


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    The Key to Successful Process Improvement
    November 30, 2016 - The key to successful process improvement and change is commitment from management at all levels in the organization.

    A Six Sigma Master Black Belt in the Kitchen


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    A Six Sigma Master Black Belt in the Kitchen
    November 30, 2016 - by Matt Barsalou, guest bloggerI know that Thanksgiving is always on the last Thursday in November, but somehow I failed to notice it was fast approaching until the Monday before Thanksgiving. This led to frantically sending a last-minute...

    Lean Roundup #90 – November, 2016


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    Lean Roundup #90 – November, 2016
    November 30, 2016 - A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of November, 2016.  You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.Lean Without Drama – Bob Emiliani reflects back on how he learned Lean and discusses...

    Mindfulness: A Practice, a State of Being, an Essential!


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    Mindfulness: A Practice, a State of Being, an Essential!
    November 30, 2016 - Many of us are familiar with the term "mindfulness," especially in the context of being aware of our surroundings. But there is much more to mindfulness than just that, from its many different forms to its role in a lean transformation and beyond....

    Considering Human Factors Requirements in ISO 9001 and AS9100


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    November 29, 2016 - Foster a no-blame culture so all employees feel comfortable reporting an issue The new revision of AS9100D is now out, and clause 10.2—“Nonconformity and corrective action” will require us to “evaluate...

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