Using Six Sigma to Set Up a Consulting Business

Posted by: meikah | 21 May 2010 | 12:07 am

John Weathington of TechRepublic blog shares that when he started his business consulting he had nothing much, and so he had quite a problem.

So for those who plan to go into business consulting, he recommends to view the business as a process and look quality methodologies such as Six Sigma and its tools: DMAIC to DMADV. Using this tool, here are his suggested five phases of building a consulting process.

  1. Define – First, determine what you want your business to produce, or its output.
  2. Measure – You need to consider who will benefit from your service (i.e., your clients), and what their definition is of a quality service.
  3. Analyze – In this brainstorming phase, you start putting down ideas for how to systematically run your business to accomplish your goals and provide a quality service for your clients.
  4. Design – This is where you start organizing everything into the set of processes that will run your business.
  5. Verify – This phase starts with prototyping. Try out your process on a small scale in the real world and see what happens.

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Filed under: Business Improvement, Processes, Project Management, Six Sigma

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Innovation of the Week: Improving Innovation with PPM (A Webinar)

Posted by: meikah | 2 April 2010 | 12:31 am

Tuesday, April 6, 11:30am – 12:30pm (EDT)

Featuring Roy Wildeman of Forrester Research

Learn how Project Portfolio Management (PPM) improves product development results, enabling better decisions from idea management and investment selection through resourcing, execution, and post-launch review. Six Sigma and innovation executives will want to participate to learn:

  • Insights from Forrester’s latest research
  • How PPM helps R&D improve its impact
  • The current state of PPM technology options

Register now!

This webinar is brought to you by PowerSteering Software, the leading provider of enterprise PPM software.

Filed under: Innovation, Innovation Update, Project Management, Project Portfolio Management, Six Sigma

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Webinar: Successfully Integrating Project Management and Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 22 March 2010 | 9:07 pm

When: March 25, 2010

Description:Six Sigma has been creating unprecedented returns for organizations around the globe in every industry. These laser-focused tools and techniques are critically important to organizations trying to dramatically improve their project management capabilities. It’s not enough to have common processes – you must have the “right” common processes. This webinar will help participants understand how the powerful tools and techniques of project management can be integrated with the powerful tools and techniques of Six Sigma to dramatically improve project outcomes.

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Register now!

Filed under: Project Management, Six Sigma, Webinar

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The SixSig Roundup

Posted by: meikah | 14 December 2009 | 8:17 pm

SixSig Roundup

It’s time again for some link-loving and see what other blogs are saying about Six Sigma, Lean, Lean Six Sigma and other quality improvement processes.

Jeff Pruit of Fort Wayne Politics online writes that Indianapolis takes Six Sigma to its illogical conclusion. Read on…

Over at Lean Manufacturing Blog, the role of Six Sigma in supply chain is discussed. A manufacturer can provide a quality which is highly dependent on – The Suppliers and the suppliers of suppliers. Read on…

Today’s Six Sigma features the most FAQs about Six Sigma. Many companies have heard of Six Sigma, but most have no idea what it actually is or how it works. Read on…

Over at Management Care: Project Management blog, Aaron Gonzalez writes about using Six Sigma to improve productivity by Wafer Fab. Read on…

Going Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard blog shares the one-day Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) business management system Strawman creation to share with executives. Read on…

Filed under: Lean Manufacturing, Project Management, Six Sigma

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6 Tips for Six Sigma Implementation

Posted by: meikah | 17 November 2009 | 11:03 pm

Sourcing Innovation shares six tips for Six Sigma implementation.

  1. Go Six Sigma, Go Lean All The Way
  2. Don’t Forget The Change Leadership
  3. Get the Measurement Systems Right
  4. Understand the Wider Environment
  5. Don’t Expect Training Alone To Solve Everything …
  6. … But Don’t Forget the Training!

Read more…

Filed under: Deployment, Project Management, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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Six Sigma and Change

Posted by: meikah | 18 October 2009 | 9:09 pm

An article on Six Sigma and Process Excellence iQ has a good discussion on the correlation between change and Six Sigma.

Jeff Cole says that change is inevitable and sometimes even necessary. So he shares the following insights on how to deal with change as a Six Sigma practitioner:

  • Keep a finger on the pulse of your industry and on Six Sigma.
  • Think laterally.
  • Innovate and Experiment.

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Filed under: Project Management, Six Sigma, Tips

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Six Sigma and Project Management

Posted by: meikah | 6 October 2009 | 9:42 pm

Managing projects is tough. You have to deal not only with people and their moods and attitudes, but also with deadlines, budget, and other variables.

So if you are a project manager, you will really find ways to help you manage your projects well, and make them successful. Six Sigma has a tool that does just that: helps you manage. That is the DMAIC (define-measure-analyze-improve-control).

Here’s a tip on how to do it.

Filed under: DMAIC, Project Management, Six Sigma

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3 Steps to Optimize Six Sigma Project Selections

Posted by: meikah | 8 June 2009 | 7:27 pm

Best Management Articles features Tony Jacowski who shares three ways to optimize Six Sigma project selections.

  1. Establish the Project Selection Steering Committee – The committee should be composed of managers trained as Six Sigma Champions, or any other key Six Sigma knowledge resources, like the Black Belts, Master Black Belts or deployment Champion.
  2. Generate Project Ideas – Evaluate the course of a project selection in a workshop, taking into account that the Six Sigma project should support the organizational strategies and be integrated to the basic business issues.
  3. Assess and Prioritize Projects with a Project Selection Matrix – Evaluate every identified project together for determining integration opportunities and gauging projected profits. A key question that ought to be answered during the workshop is whether or not the project is an applicant for the DMAIC methodology.

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Filed under: Deployment, Project Champion, Project Management, Six Sigma, Team Dynamics

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How Lean Sigma Practitioners Can Work Efficiently this 2009

Posted by: meikah | 2 February 2009 | 8:28 pm

I bookmarked this post last year, yet never got around to reading it again til now. Well, the New Year began a month ago and the Chinese New Year just started, so the post, titled “Let Lean Sigma Practitioners Ring in Your New Year,” is still relevant.

Some of the insights from the article:

  • Avoid being stuck with the familiar way of doing things, which don’t create much difference anyway.
  • Set your sights on the long-term.
  • Pick the right tools.
  • Train your team well.
  • Start with the correct problem.

Read the article.

Filed under: Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, Six Sigma

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U.S. Navy Reserve Works with Lean Six Sigma and PMI Principles

Posted by: meikah | 9 December 2008 | 11:20 pm

Lean Six Sigma at US Navy ReserveSam Sumwalt is among the Premier 100 IT Leader. Sumwalt is currently the chief technology officer of the U.S. Navy Reserve.

One of his major accomplishments is improving how members of the U.S. Navy Reserve to communicate and collaborate with each other through a website. How did he do improve a mailing list that reached only a handful of them? He combined Project Management Institute principles and Lean Six Sigma.

Sumwalt went on first consolidating projects and then directing the work of three technical teams, two contractors and one internal Web team. In addition to following standard Project Management Institute principles, Sumwalt and his leadership team applied Lean Six Sigma tools to evaluate the project’s effectiveness and timeliness. The end result was a single, comprehensive Navy Reserve Web site, complete with single sign-on to all applications, including blogs, wikis, discussion groups and document libraries.

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Indeed, Sumwalt is just living his motto: “There is always a better way. You just have to find it.” And with all the different kinds of process improvement methodologies out there, you just need to find the one that works best for your processes.

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Filed under: Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, Software/Technology, US Navy Reserve

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