Here are our top picks for Lean Six Sigma news from around the web for the week of June 17th – 24th.

Can 3M Maintain Its Margins In A Low Growth Environment? (6/20/13)
Despite a weakened global economy in Europe and China, Trefis.com expects 3M will be able to avoid a sharp decline in operating margins (which are currently at a remarkable 20%) thanks to its use of Lean Six Sigma to maintain productivity.

Kentucky Wildcat Football: Measuring Performance (or Failure) (6/22/13)
A former Director of Quality proposes using Six Sigma principles and NCAA statistics to measure the performance of University of Kentucky football for the upcoming 2013 season in this ongoing blog series.

Lean Principles That Make You More Efficient (6/22/13)
Business Insider Australia offers a primer on basic lean principles including customer focus, process analysis, removing waste, measuring & metrics, and long-term sustained value.

Lean Energy Management In Manufacturing (6/24/13)
CEO of ZF Energy Development Michael Overturf discusses applying lean manufacturing techniques to the energy sector to improve energy productivity. This “Lean Energy Model” will meet energy quality demand and reduce conversion losses while making outside capitalization possible.