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How do I distinguish between Non-Value added and Value Added?

Good question! Value-Added Steps pass the 3 customer-focused criteria: The customer is willing to pay for it (cares) Transforms the item toward completion (something changes) Done right the first time (not an inspection/rework step). If it does not pass all three criteria, then the step is either Non-Value-Added or Non-Value-Added but required (NVA-r). The Value-Added…
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How do I start a Black Belt project if I don’t have any data or an implementation option?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to conduct a process improvement project without data. In most cases, project leaders end up collecting data manually with check sheets so that may be an option. Although it’s unclear why you would be unable to implement any solutions, without implementation, nothing would be improved. Without data or the ability to…
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What’s the best way to determine how to rank the severity in 8 wastes?

This is not a sophisticated tool so those levels are up to the user. If you are conducting the assessment with others, you can determine operational definitions together based on the process. Some people like to conduct this assessment with other process participants so they can agree together on how to rank the different wastes.…
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If raw material has been received and it stays in inventory for one day before processing starts, would this be considered non-value added time?

After receiving raw material from our vendor, it stays in inventory for around 1 day before any processing starts on this raw material. Is this inventory of raw material a part of non-value added time? Great Question! Unless the raw material demands the waiting before it can be used, the answer is no. But based…
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When/How do you decide to use PDCA versus DMAIC?

They both come from the scientific method. I have found that folks with Lean roots will select PDCA and A3. Folks with Six Sigma roots usually select DMAIC. Again, two schools of thought that have a lot of similarities. Often an organization will decide which approach they want all employees to follow and train their…
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Can you provide the 5S process?

5S are five steps that help with workplace organization. Each step starts with the letter S. If you are interested, go to the GoLeanSixSigma.com website, we have some blogs and other information available about this topic. https://goleansixsigma.com/5s/; https://goleansixsigma.com/apply-5s-home-office-desk/
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