Here are our top picks for Lean Six Sigma success stories and news from around the web for the week of July 25, 2016. HCL Services Wins “Best Use of Lean Six Sigma: Field Services in IT” Award at World Quality Congress Conference HCL Infosystems Limited, one of India’s premier IT Services, was recently awarded...Read more...
On July 19th Mr. Pareto would have turned 168 – he wins the prize for the oldest contributor to the world of Quality! He’s not a classic quality guru but, like others, he wore many hats; engineer, sociologist, economist, political scientist and philosopher. Vilfredo studied economic trends and his biggest quality discovery is what’s...Read more...
July 13th would have marked Dr. Ishikawa’s 101st birthday and he is more like a Great Great Grand-Daddy of Quality! It’s no wonder that Dr. Ishikawa lived so long because he was clearly determined to do a lot in his lifetime. He wrote books, developed quality conferences, was an editor on boards of quality...Read more...
Are you deciding whether or not to get your Lean Six Sigma Green Belt? How about which training and certification provider to select? Here’s a list of important things you should know before making the investment in time, money and your future. The Top 10 Things You Need To Know Green Belt Training &...Read more...
Facts and data are the hallmark of good problem solving – but all too often we don’t have enough data or the right kind of data to make good decisions. In Lean Six Sigma we frequently call upon statistical methods, where we know that having an adequate sample size is important. Simplifying Statistical Jargon...Read more...
Organizing makeup is art. At least, that’s the way I see it when I walk into brightly lit, seemingly sterile Sephoras across the US and also into the beauty section of the Ala Moana Shopping Center’s new Nordstrom. My makeup drawers and bags? Not so artsy, or sterile. Staying on top of cosmetic clutter...Read more...
I recently coached a process improvement practitioner as he was working with a process improvement team in an ambulatory surgery practice. After one of the meetings, we were debriefing with the nursing manager and she said something that caught my attention: “You can’t counsel on a broken process.” I thought, “What an insightful observation!”...Read more...
For the month of June (2016), our Team gave back to our community by volunteering at Mohala Farms, a local, organic farm on the North Shore of Oahu. At GoLeanSixSigma.com, we help everyone everywhere improve their organizations by making learning and applying Lean Six Sigma easier. But, we don’t stop there. We also help...Read more...
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” That’s my favorite aphorism that sums up the reality of unintended consequences. Those ripple effects from our best efforts that we had no idea would happen. Of course, unlike the proverb, not all ripple effects are bad. The term “happy accidents” captures those moments when...Read more...
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QUESTION:What is the role of the project Champion in DMAIC Projects?
We use the terms “Champion” and “Sponsor” interchangeably but here are some attributes of the role
- This is an executive leader who will drive the initiative within the organization
- They work with the Master Black Belts, Project Management Office or other leaders to select projects aligned with organizational strategy
- They provide resources for improvement teams
- They help remove barriers beyond the team’s control to achieve successful projects
- They support and lead change within the organization
- 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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QUESTION:How Can I Apply Lean Six Sigma To The Fresh Green Vegetable Supply Company?
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:
- 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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QUESTION:How Can I Apply The Lean Six Sigma Concept In A Mining Company?
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!