Yes, they definitely could, especially the blunders in how people approach the project. Selecting DMADV projects can have its own sets of challenges.
Tracy is a Managing Partner at GoLeanSixSigma.com, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at UC San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.
How does one restructure an agency to incorporate the Lean portion of Lean Six Sigma, while adhering to current regulations which can at times be counterproductive to “elimination of waste” initiatives?
We see this a lot with organizations that have compliance mandates, and or code compliance. Process improvement can still can be done and typically can have big impacts. As a matter of fact, often we find that broad assumptions are…
Do you recommend using some of these tools at particular points in a project even if the team is functioning well?
I would say it’s worth it to do a minimal check-in on team performance at least once per quarter. Sometimes things seem like they’re going well, but there might be a “Silent Sam” who is not happy but doesn’t want…