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What is the role of the project Champion in DMAIC Projects?

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We use the terms “Champion” and “Sponsor” interchangeably but here are some attributes of the role

  1. This is an executive leader who will drive the initiative within the organization
  2. They work with the Master Black Belts, Project Management Office or other leaders to select projects aligned with organizational strategy
  3. They provide resources for improvement teams
  4. They help remove barriers beyond the team’s control to achieve successful projects
  5. They support and lead change within the organization
  6. They help to develop a culture of Lean Six Sigma

Obviously some Champions embody more aspects of the role than others. But this list outlines what a good Champion is all about.

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How Can I Apply Lean Six Sigma To The Fresh Green Vegetable Supply Company?

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Any processes where the customer cares about speed and quality is an opportunity to apply Lean Six Sigma techniques. 

Applying Lean Six Sigma could be especially critical in your business because you are dealing with perishables. Anything to make that process more efficient and effective to help reduce waste will have an impact on quality vegetables for your customer and hopefully profitability for you! There may be opportunities to improve in the following areas:

  1. Speed
  2. Transportation
  3. Storage
  4. Ordering process 

These are all factors that play a key role in getting your customers the freshest products quickly.

Food industries are well-known for applying process improvement. From fast food to grocery stores, and organic markets in order to maximize quality and reduce waste. 

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How Can I Apply The Lean Six Sigma Concept In A Mining Company?

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Mining has many applications for Lean Six Sigma! There’s a great return on investment when it’s applied to projects that can increase utilization of expensive equipment and improve work practices of highly skilled people. Here’s some project outcomes:

  • Improving conveyor belt maintenance and use to have belt life greater than 2000 hours
  • Improved maintenance of large haul truck tires increased hours of use, thus deferring tire replacement by 3 months
  • Reducing soft tissue injuries of underground mining staff by active use of a fitness coach and exercise to strengthen muscles
  • Reducing inventory by 50% by tracking forecast accuracy on a line item basis, increasing the forecast frequency, and focusing on no stockouts for standard items. Customers were able to reduce inventory on hand where before improvement they carried one month’s inventory to ensure available stock

Keys to the success of these projects were selecting a key performance measure that tied to a specific process that could be studied. I hope this gives you an idea of how you can apply Lean Six Sigma at your mining company!

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