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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   |   March 6, 2015  |   Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma
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APQC CEO Carla O’Dell talked with 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   |   February 27, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma

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
2015-ASQ-Lean-Six-Sigma-Conference-GoLeanSixSigma.com_-1024x512 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

Did you know that on average, Green Belts get paid $10,000 more annually in 2015 than they did in 2012? According to, 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 is $82,000 annually. That’s an increase… (Read More)

Free Lean Training: Learn About Lean In 30 Minutes

By Jurija Metovic   |   January 16, 2015  |   Featured, Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma

Get Your Easy To Understand Introduction To Lean for FREE! Start your 30 minute Introduction to Lean and see why over 20,000 learners have registered for our training. It’s a fun and practical way to  quickly and effectively build your process improvement and project management skills. Begin to apply Lean in your workplace and home in just 30 minutes! In this free, Lean Preview you will complete Step 1 of 4 in the Lean Training: The Introduction… (Read More)

Make Wishes Come True When You Advance Your Process Improvement Skills

By Karlo Tanjuakio   |   December 12, 2014  |   Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma

Register for any of our Lean or Six Sigma courses this December and 5% of the proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish International Foundation. Happy Holidays! In the spirit of the Holiday Season, is helping make the world a little better for children around the world with life-threatening illnesses by donating 5% of all proceeds to Make-A-Wish International. When you register for any of our courses, you’ll be helping making wishes for children come… (Read More)

A Fun 5S Rhyme That Will Help You Shine!

By Carol Knight-Wallace   |   December 11, 2014  |   Innovative Ideas, Using Lean Six Sigma

This fun, rhyming story about 5S can help you and your team remember the 5Ss: Sort, Set In Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain. You can learn more about 5S in our Green Belt Training or Lean Training. The manager was full of angst and dismay, As customers whined and complained all day. He told his staff to work harder and smarter, But that turned out to be a non-starter. He created and dictated changes anew, But customer… (Read More)

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