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Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt MBAs Reduce Costs & Waste

I recently wrote a blog article for on the merits of having both an MBA and a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification. That blog, published in April 2020, was written from the perspective of my teaching Business Process Improvement to MBA students at Hamline University School of Business.…

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Project Example: Lean Six Sigma Project Increases Production By 58% And Lowers Energy Costs By $263K For British Aerospace Supplier -

Project Example: Lean Six Sigma Project Increases Production by 58% and Lowers Energy Costs by $263K for British Aerospace Supplier

Project Summary The Challenge: Production was unable to keep up with customer demand The Discovery: Lots of waste and a lack of standardization The Improvements: Reduced wasted transportation, created parallel processes and standardized the processes The Results: 58% increase in production capacity and a $263K reduction in annual energy cost…

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DMAIC Or PDCA: Which Is Better? -

DMAIC or PDCA: Which Is Better?

You may run into process improvement enthusiasts who prefer one camp over another—the Lean camp uses Plan-Do-Check-Adjust (PDCA) and the Six Sigma camp uses Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC)—but which one is better, DMAIC or PDCA?  For years now, organizations looking to implement process improvement have had to wrestle with which method to…

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Webinar: DMAIC: Common Challenges & How to Overcome Them

[Go-Getter Membership Exclusive Webinar] Did you hit a few DMAIC challenges on your first test-drive? Did the journey sound easier than it turned out to be? We learn best from our mistakes, but sometimes it helps to get a little roadside assistance. Join us for an hour-long reflection on what can go wrong and how…

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DMAIC: How To Drive Accountability With RACI -

DMAIC: How to Drive Accountability With RACI

Have you ever worked with individuals named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody? I have. Here is how the story unfolds. “There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about…

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DMAIC + A3 = Kaizen Success -

DMAIC + A3 = Kaizen Success

The DMAIC problem-solving method may seem like a stranger to the A3 but they actually make a great pair. This continuous improvement combo brings much-needed clarity to Kaizen Events, Projects or any process opportunity. But first, a bit of background. We all may know DMAIC as it was born from…

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