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Why You Should Model Quixote In Quality

By Kurt Stuke   |   April 23, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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Don Quixote prioritized imagination, commitment, passion – and fused them with purpose. How might employing his character as a role-model for our journey through Quality affect our results? Borrowing from the work of James G. March,1 professor emeritus at Stanford University, what insights concerning quality can be drawn from observing Cervantes’ character of Don Quixote? Why Model Don Quixote? Given Quixote’s penchant for storming windmills, he seems an unlikely source of guidance. If his inability… (Read More)

Burn The Popcorn: Stop Traditional Brainstorming

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Your process improvement effort is going splendidly! You flowcharted, collected data, determined root cause and now, you finally get to discuss solutions. Sometimes the solutions are obvious – but what if they aren’t? It doesn’t take hours of brainstorming to understand that Standard Work might be a good place to start when people are confused about a process and everyone performs it differently. But what do you do to get the best solutions for the… (Read More)

5 Effective Ways To Remember The Names Of Project Stakeholders

By Elisabeth Swan   |   April 2, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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Do you consider yourself bad with names? Are you convinced that it’s a special skill that some people have, just not you? You might be unintentionally offending the people around you or missing opportunities to make important connections. Influence skills are key in most jobs, but they’re especially important when doing process improvement work. Remembering people’s names is a foundational skill. I was once running a workshop with a colleague and early during our first… (Read More)

Challenging The Process: Why Do We Stop Asking Why?

By Tracy O'Rourke   |   March 18, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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One of the challenges in implementing a Continuous Improvement program is this: After employees go through training, how do they determine where to apply all of their new process improvement tools? Even if your organization is culturally ready for process improvement, how often have you heard people say, “The process has worked that way for years” Or, “Why fix what isn’t broken?” Or, “That’s how we’ve always done it.” Where Should Your Improvement Begin? At… (Read More)

You’re Not The Boss Of Me: 5 Ways To Influence Stakeholders

By Elisabeth Swan   |   March 12, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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Many of us have been in the position, whether at work, at school or at home, of meeting resistance to what seems like a fabulous idea. The more we explain all the reasons that others should jump on board, the more we experience folded arms, polite refusals, or, even worse, the friendly smiles of people just waiting for us to go away. In the Lean Six Sigma world, the ability to influence others is often… (Read More)

Interview: Big Thinkers, Big Ideas With Elisabeth Swan

By GoLeanSixSigma.com   |   March 6, 2015  |   Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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APQC CEO Carla O’Dell talked with GoLeanSixSigma.com VP of Content Development Elisabeth Swan as part of the “Big Thinkers, Big Ideas” interview series. Swan began her career with a background in improvisational theater and then transitioned to process improvement and facilitation with Swan Consulting. Swan has over 20 years of experience in process-based organization design, problem solving, and change management for blue chip clients including Amazon, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, NBC, Volvo, and more. Interview… (Read More)

DMAIC Field Guide: Quick Reference For Lean Six Sigma Projects

By GoLeanSixSigma.com   |   February 27, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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Are you ready to begin your Lean Six Sigma project? Check out our DMAIC Field Guide® – a printable, easy to use reference for completing successful Lean Six Sigma projects. If you’re registered for our Green Belt Training & Certification, you can download it for FREE after logging in. To download your DMAIC Field Guide after registering for Green Belt Training & Certification: Login here Select the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training & Certification… (Read More)

Event: 2015 ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference

By Jurija Metovic   |   February 24, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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GoLeanSixSigma.com is excited to announce that we will be a featured sponsor at the annual ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference this year! For 2015, this year’s annual Lean and Six Sigma Conference will happen on March 2-3, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will give hundreds of people from around the world the opportunity to connect with other professionals who have successfully applied Lean Six Sigma and learn from first-hand applications and best practices. If… (Read More)

Lean Goes To The Oscars

By Elisabeth Swan   |   February 19, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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Process Improvement Gets The Red Carpet Treatment The 87th Oscars will be broadcast this coming Sunday, February 22, 2015. In Anthony Brezinican’s article in this weeks’ Entertainment Weekly, he covers Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and their efforts to engineer a great show. This year marks their third effort and, to those of us trained in the tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma, it looks like the viewers are going to benefit from some… (Read More)

Green Belts Get Paid Higher Salaries

By Karlo Tanjuakio   |   February 14, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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Did you know that on average, Green Belts get paid $10,000 more annually in 2015 than they did in 2012? According to Indeed.com, the #1 job site in the world available in more than 50 countries and 26 languages, covering 94% of global GDP, the national average salary for a Certified Green Belt was $72,000 per year in the United States in 2012. For 2015, average salary according to Indeed.com is $82,000 annually. That’s an increase… (Read More)

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