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Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt MBAs Reduce Costs & Waste

I recently wrote a blog article for GoLeanSixSigma.com 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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DMAIC Or PDCA: Which Is Better? - GoLeanSixSigma.com

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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DMAIC: How To Drive Accountability With RACI - GoLeanSixSigma.com

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 - GoLeanSixSigma.com

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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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Mikel Harry - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Mikel Harry

If Bill Smith was the father of Six Sigma, Mikel Harry, in his words, was the godfather. We lost Dr. Harry in 2017 but this month would have marked his 68th birthday. Dr. Harry worked with pioneer Bill Smith at Motorola to refine the Six Sigma method and spread it…

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