Michigan Air National Guard Sends Two Officials for Lean Six Sigma Training

Posted by: meikah | 17 December 2008 | 10:48 pm

Battle Creek Inquirer reports:

Two officers of the Michigan Air National Guard recently took part in Lean Six Sigma training at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center.

Lt. Col. Clark Hinga, wing plans officer, and Capt. Wendy Burris, installation deployment officer with the 110th Fighter Wing, received “Green Belt” training in early December 2008. “We were invited to the training,” Hinga said. “The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service had extra seats available and offered them to the 110th.”

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It seems that the Department of Defense is really serious in their Lean Six Sigma efforts. This is good!

Filed under: Green Belts, Military, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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U.S. Army Continues Lean Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 27 July 2008 | 8:53 pm

iSixSigma News reports:

The U.S. Army, in keeping with its long-term strategy to become a self-sustaining Lean Six Sigma/Continuous Process Improvement (LSS/CPI) organization, graduated its fifth LSS Master Black Belt (MBB) class. The class, MBB08-03, graduated six Army officers and five Department of the Army civilians. 62 Master Black Belt Candidates have graduated from this course since the first class graduated in August 2007.

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Way to go U.S. Army! Despite what the naysayers are saying, you’re still at it!

Filed under: Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma, Military, Training, US Army

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Lean Six Sigma Saving Money and Environment in Heidelberg

Posted by: meikah | 23 July 2008 | 11:04 pm

ARMY.MIL news reports:

Residents in 10 family housing buildings in Heidelberg have walked through a six-week education process designed to significantly reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste that has to be incinerated.

The pilot project, called “Rumbling Rubbish/Keep It Green” was developed by Heidelberg Recycling Manager Travis Vowinkel, and with the support of the Environmental Division, the pilot program was launched.

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The project has been successful because of Lean Six Sigma. Worked on as a Lean Six Sigma project, the families in the pilot project were educated about recycling and reducing wastes. The education campaign did not only involve info campaign materials but the staff members themselves also met with each family and showed them the recycling process that results in the least amount of non-recyclable waste.

Recycling projects are happen all over the world and some are making progress, others are struggling. But what struck me about this environment effort is the use of Lean Six Sigma. :)

Anyone of you have used Lean Six Sigma in their environment projects, too?

Filed under: Benefits and Savings, Environment, Lean Six Sigma, Military, Six Sigma, Sustainable Business

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“Six Sigma Semper Fi”

Posted by: meikah | 2 June 2008 | 9:47 pm

Quality Digest Magazine features how United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and Harrington Institute Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Richard P. Faucher gets things done during an economic mission in Iraq.

With much tenacity and charm, Mr. Faucher went into Six Sigma, of course. With a team of four other military personnel, he narrated their Six Sigma Semper Fi:

“I used the DMAIC [define, measure, analyze, improve, and control] method and an easy form that groups could use. I asked, ‘What are the things that need to be defined with a focus on the Iraqi people, which means feeding them, protecting them, getting them taken care of?’ Then I said, ‘Define what you see now. Define where you want to go, measure what you think you’ve got, analyze everything, and give a timeline.’ They had one day to do this, and then we looked at how they could improve what they presented.”

“After we defined it, measured it, and analyzed it, we saw that there was a lot we could do, and it was very encouraging. Then we had legitimate goals. In this case there’s been no government organization in the Anbar region for the small and medium business companies or entrepreneurs. That’s what we’re targeting.”

“I went back to what Juran and Deming had done with statistics in order to create goals. That required more accurate statistics, which meant a lot of ground work, talking to people, keeping my hand in everything.”

“The engineers were mostly in their 50s and 60s, and were aware of Six Sigma based on going through the ISO 9001 process with French and Italian companies during the embargo. I coordinated restart events and goals based on Six Sigma principles without them having any clue about DMAIC. I just asked them leading questions to help them down the path.”

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Six Sigma Zone

Filed under: Deployment, DMAIC, Joseph M. Juran, Military, Six Sigma, US Army

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American Government Agencies Get Serious about Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 4 December 2007 | 9:58 pm

As Rob Thomson puts it, Six Sigma has escaped from the shop floor. So true. I have a wealth of information here (just check out the categories on the right side bar) that shows that Six Sigma has invaded all aspects and kinds of business operations.

Latest news has it that the Department of Defense (DOD) is really getting serious at employing Lean Six Sigma, and has in fact been enjoying the fruits of their labor.

FCW.com (Federal Computer Week) reports that:

  • DOD has been successful in cost avoidance and has saved cycle time
  • Naval Air Systems Command will save more than $1 million in fiscal 2007 because of Lean Six Sigma improvements in its contract closeout processes.
  • Department of Agriculture uses Lean Six Sigma for its grants management process.
  • FBI also uses the technique.
  • The Defense Acquisition University developed a DOD-specific Lean Six Sigma course covering how to apply the methodology and become Lean Six Sigma certified.

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DOD is serious about Six Sigma, a Six Sigma Zone featured link

Filed under: Benefits and Savings, Defense, Deployment, Lean Six Sigma, Military, Six Sigma Organizations, Six Sigma Zone


Empowering Employees Through Lean Six Sigma Training

Posted by: meikah | 11 November 2007 | 9:36 pm

Lean Six Sigma is not only used to remove barriers to smooth operations, or to reduce processes, but it can also be used to involve employees and empower them.

Fort Leavenworth did exactly this. When they started their Lean Six Sigma training, they used Lean Six Sigma to encourage their employees to share their ideas on how to improve processes.

This is because Leavenworth management believes that it is the employees who are the frontliners of a business, and thus know better as to how to serve customers or clients.

At first, Garrison employees were hesitant to put out their ideas for fear that they could be fired for them or that their suggestions would be ignored. They were wrong. In fact, many of them got rewards for good ideas, which were actually put into use.

Here are some of the brilliant ideas from employees:

  • getting a trainer to Fort Leavenworth instead of taking employees to train somewhere
  • streamline passport approval
  • express check-in at the lodging facility
  • use fewer hours to light the airfield
  • improve the profitability of the Havana Beach Club
  • streamline the process for getting safety glasses
  • reduce overtime worked by civil servant officers

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The Fort Leavenworth Lamp Online, an iSixSigma featured link

Filed under: Benefits and Savings, Human Resource, Lean Six Sigma, Military, Services, Six Sigma Organizations, US Army

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18 Organizations Make it to The Global Six Sigma Awards Finals

Posted by: meikah | 10 September 2007 | 12:37 am

WCBF has announced the shortlist of finalists for the 2007 Global Six Sigma Awards program. Listed by category, the following are the finalists for the 2007 Global Six Sigma Awards:

Best Achievement of Design for Six Sigma and Innovation, sponsored by Air AcademyAssociates
Capital One Direct Banking
Raytheon Information Solutions

Best Achievement of Integrating Lean and Six Sigma
BMO Financial Group
Truman Medical Centers

Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Financial Services
BMO Financial Group
Capital One Direct Banking
Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation

Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Healthcare
Providence Health and Services
Truman Medical Centers
Valley Baptist Health System

Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Manufacturing
Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc
Lonmin Plc

Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Outsourcing
Clayton State University Continuing Education
WNS Global Services (P) Ltd

Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Sales & Marketing
Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Service & Transactional Environments
BMO Financial Group
Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation
Firstsource Solutions Limited

Six Sigma VP of the Year Award
Aravind Immaneni, Vice President, Strategic Analysis & Improvement, Capital One Direct Banking
Leslie Behnke, Vice President, CIGNA Business Excellence, CIGNA
Dr Tomas Gonzalez MD, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Six Sigma Quality, Valley Baptist Medical Center

The winners for all categories and for The Platinum Award for the Most Outstanding Organizational Achievement through Six Sigma, sponsored by Genpact will be announced at The Global Six Sigma Awards & Summit Gala Dinner on Wednesday October 24th 2007. The Gala Dinner is part of WCBF’s 2nd Annual Global Six Sigma Summit at The Rio All Suite Hotel, Las Vegas.


Filed under: Awards, Finance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Military, Six Sigma Organizations, Software/Technology

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Innovation of the Week: F35 Warplane

Posted by: meikah | 26 January 2007 | 12:33 am

You may have noticed some changes on this blog, aside from the layout of course. Every day, I have a feature, which makes your reading more varied yet informative.

Today, I’m launching another feature that I title, Innovation of the Week. After all, Six Sigma is the formula for breakthrough innovations. So, toward the end of the week (Thursday or Friday), I will share with you innovation news.

For this week, I’m sharing with you a U.S. fighter plane that will built in such a way that no other American fighter plane, or any other fighter plane for that matter, has been since WWII. This warplane is called F35.

What’s unique about this plane is that it will be assembled more like a car: on a moving line in a process that the Pentagon hopes will dramatically cut costs and speed production—much like achieving Lean and Six Sigma.

The article on LA Times.com describes F35 as:

The F-35 would be the only fighter to enter production in the next decade, and could even be the last piloted warplane aircraft bought by a U.S. military that is shifting to robotic planes and other means of delivering weapons to their targets.

The three basic variants of the F-35, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, are intended to replace Air Force F-16s, Navy F/A-18s and Marine Corps AV-8Bs.

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Is this going to be the same way for ships as well?

If you have innovation news or stories—much better if driven by Six Sigma or initiated by Six Sigma companies—that you would like to share, please email at ma.merdekah[at]gmail[dot]com.

Source: LATimes.com, “A fighter on the line”

Shout out: Thanks to Renee, my colleague, who designed the logo for this feature. ;)

Filed under: General, Innovation Update, Manufacturing, Military

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Improving Humvee Repairs Through Lean Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 22 December 2006 | 3:08 am

A new Humvee (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) engine rebuilding line for U.S. forces in Europe underwent a weeklong Rapid Improvement Events (RIE) on Rhein Ordnance Barracks. A group of Six Sigma Green and Black belts was deployed for the RIE.

During the RIE using Lean Six Sigma, the team spent the first days of the RIE, observing mechanics at work and identifying specific areas in need of streamlining. Every employee was involved in the process. Among the improvements that was immediately incorporated was organizing parts and tools. The team also recommended to improve co-locating the engine disassembly and parts-cleaning centers and improving communication between mechanics and supervisors by using a status-tracking board. Read more…

Just to give you an idea of what a humvee is, USATODAY.com outlines the uses of a humvee.

Besides carrying soldiers, it also:

  • Is a military ambulance and police vehicle.
  • Carries or tows light howitzers and mortars, serves as a mobile mount for machine guns and can launch Stinger missiles.
  • Is a platform for the Army’s mobile cell phone and satellite systems.
  • Is used for tactical reconnaissance.

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*Photo credit:Exoto.com

Filed under: Lean Six Sigma, Manufacturing, Military

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