Lean Six Sigma News: Influencing Nonprofits and Other Industries, Week of February 23, 2015

Here are our top picks for Lean Six Sigma success stories and news from around the web for the week of February 23, 2015.

Nonprofits Get Lessons in Efficiency at Upcoming Series Event

Earlier this month, the Door County Community Foundation in Wisconsin helped guide area nonprofits towards better organizational efficiency at its free Nonprofit Education Series. Attendees worked through many Lean Six Sigma methods, including: Voice of the Customer, Process Mapping, SIPOC, Fish Bone Diagram, Five Whys, and Quality Cycles to help find non-value added time and hidden factory.

Learning How to ‘Slow Down, to Speed Up’ With Lean Six Sigma

Every day Ellen Burts-Cooper goes to work with her Lean Six Sigma toolkit. Ellen has been taking her toolkit to work since 2000. One of the first things the Black Belt boss did to get her attention in 2000 was run an analysis: the Cost of Poor Quality. What was the first Lean Six Sigma tool to get your attention? Is your story with Lean Six Sigma like Ellens?

How Lean Manufacturing Is Influencing Other Industries

Although Six Sigma is largely about statistics, Lean is more about flow, and JIT is about the elimination of waste. The mix of these theories and practices help to “produce a product as cost effectively as possible, to deliver it to the customer as quickly as possible and to do it with as few impediments as possible.” This is the goal and aim around the world.


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