Lean Six Sigma News: Near The Coast And Improving Beverage Production Quality, Week Of August 29, 2016
Here are our top picks for Lean Six Sigma success stories and news from around the web for the week of August 29, 2016. How To Address Coastal Georgia’s Workforce Issues Business Savannah reports coastal Georgia to require a “larger, more skilled applicant pool to fill available jobs created as part of projected industry...Read more...
We don’t actually know when John Shook’s birthday is (if you know, please share it with us in the comments below!), and he’d probably rather spend it with his family, but we’d love to wish him happy birthday anyway since he is yet another Grand-Daddy of Quality! As Chairman and CEO of the Lean...Read more...
Just-In-Time Cafe Podcast, Episode 6: Improving Our Children’s Education With Carla O’Dell and Dewey Dorsett from APQC
This month we’ll spend time with Carla O’Dell, the CEO of the American Productivity and Quality Center as she one of their Education Consultants gives us the inside scoop on how Lean Six Sigma is helping to give our children a better education. We’ll tell you about an app that helps you find out...Read more...
When organizations launch process improvement programs, there is often a progression individuals work through as they brainstorm project ideas. This progression is what I observe as “project selection maturity” and it’s helpful to understand how it works. Project selection maturity naturally improves with experience. As individuals practice selecting projects, their ability to discern and...Read more...
Mirka Strano is a dynamic professional with extensive health insurance industry knowledge. In this interview, Mirka shares the insights of Tracy O’Rourke, Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at GoLeanSixSigma.com on Lean Six Sigma applied to International Private Medical Insurance (IPMI), Service Chain Management and Business Development. 1. IPMI (International Private Medical Insurance) is often characterized by...Read more...
Workplace refrigerators around the world are a necessary evil. Employees need facilities for their meals, but no one seems to clean up after themselves when they’re done and no is one assigned to maintain the shared space so it’s no surprise they’re such a universal source of irritation. After one Registered Nurse (RN), from...Read more...
At GoLeanSixSigma.com, we make it easy for everyone everywhere to improve their organizations using Lean Six Sigma. But, we don’t stop there. We’re helping fellow citizens and communities locally and across the globe improve as well. For the month of July 2016, our Hawaii Team returned to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore to put our...Read more...
If you’re not tracking statistical differences among your call center agents, I’d argue that you are missing out on a huge opportunity to drive astonishing improvements in your call center outputs. We’ll first make sure we know what statistical differences mean and then talk about the myriad ways you can leverage them. Some of...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...
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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!