Get Your Complete Lean Package from Gemba Academy


Posted by: meikah | 1 March 2010 | 9:38 pm

Gemba Academy is celebrating it’s first year anniversary. To celebrate a year of success, they are giving anyone that purchases an online subscription to a single course or to the Complete Lean Package an accompanying DVD or DVDs at no cost.

This is one cool promo that you shouldn’t miss!

Find out more about the promo here.

Happy anniversary Gemba Academy!

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8+1 Reasons Your Lean/Six Sigma Initiative Could Fail


Posted by: meikah | 2 June 2008 | 10:57 pm

In keeping with the previous post, I’d like to direct you to Ron Pereira’s site where he posted eight reasons your Lean/Six Sigma initiative could fail.

And if I add a #9 – You fail to put a follow-through system, which will determine the sustainability of the initiative.

Check out Ron’s eight reasons…

Filed under: Deployment, Lean Six Sigma, Ron Pereira, Six Sigma, Tips

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The SixSig Roundup


Posted by: meikah | 13 March 2008 | 9:23 pm

sixIt’s that time again when SixSig goes ’round the cyberhighway and gather news about Six Sigma and other quality management methodologies.

For this week, learn from the following blogs, bloggers, and news agencies:

Jeff Dalton of Ask the CMMI Appraiser blog answers your question about incorporating Six Sigma and CMMI. He says, “Six Sigma is a set of methods for gathering, analyzing, and acting on information derived from statistal analysis of performance data. The CMMI is a process model. The two CAN co-exist with one another.”

Ron Pereira of Lean Six Sigma Academy, is in Japan observing how the Japanese do things and achieve results. He was sharing what he observed and learned from a company called HOKS. Among the revelations are: the company implements 3S instead of 5S, had 62,000 Kaizen activities, management’s focus in results, and its struggle with employees who also didn’t welcome change. From Ron’s account on information overload, I can see that HOKS makes for an interesting study.

Mike Wroblewski of Got Boondoggle? also shared his experience with HOKS. Mike focused on the 3S and how it is achieving significant results for the company. From management to employees, everyone comes in for work earlier than scheduled to do the 3S. Like, Mike, I like this slogan, too: “If I change, our company will change!” Great words of wisdom on organizational change, indeed!

Stephen Gill of The Performance Improvement blog shares about how the health systems need a strategy to carry out their processes well. One particular critical process is dispensing medicines. He gives Duke University Hospital as an example of a company that implements Six Sigma to control quality and reduce errors.

Check these great blogs now!

Filed under: Deployment, Healthcare, Kaizen, Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Manufacturing, Mike Wroblewski, Ron Pereira, Six Sigma Organizations

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Lean Six Sigma Roundup


Posted by: meikah | 7 November 2007 | 10:08 pm

sixIt has been a while since I last went around the blogosphere. Today, I’m sharing with you good lean six sigma links. Read on…

Mike of Got Boondoggle? describes the lean journey as taking two steps forward and one step backward. It’s true! Isn’t it that you need to step back to assess a situation in order for you to move forward? And I agree with Mike when he says, “I must admit, part of the allure of the lean journey for me is the challenge. It’s not about the challenge to master the lean tools. It’s not even about the challenge to eliminate waste. For me, the challenge is helping create a learning culture that drives continuous improvement forever, even as we go two steps forward and one step back.” Very well said!

Ron of Lean Six Sigma Academy describes two types of Kaizen: Point Kaizen that looks at only a part and the System Kaizen at the whole. There are good and bad points of each but it’s sure better to have a wholistic view first then break the operation down into more manageable parts. Work gets done faster and better that way.

Over at Lean Blog, Mark shares a link whose writer shares his experience with seeing lean manufacturing in action. The writer claims that seeing lean (literally, as in posters on “lean corners,” 6S, and Kanbans) live is a beautiful thing. Mark’s thinking, on the other hand, makes sense: we should not make platitudes but be champions of action, and always safe action at that.

Let me end this roundup with a news about Transplace, a third-party logistics (3PL) provider, that embarked on a lean Six Sigma program. The goal of the company is to bring quality service to its customers, and what better way than going Lean Six Sigma. Read more…

Filed under: Lean Six Sigma, Mark Graban, Mike Wroblewski, Ron Pereira, Six Sigma, Six Sigma References, Transplace

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Six Sigma Blogs Roundup


Posted by: meikah | 18 September 2007 | 8:40 pm

sixIt has been a while, I know. Well, here are good insights from my fellow Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, and quality bloggers.

Last week, Mike of Got Boondoggle? shared his experience during the APICS Chicago Chapter Monthly Professional Development Meeting. Praveen Gupta was the speaker and Mike learned that to sustain profitable growth we need three things: (1) any process improvement approach like Lean, six sigma, Lean/Sigma, etc.; (2) a business scorecard to measure what we value; (3) growth not dependant on Mergers and Acquisitions, but driven on innovation.

Ron of Lean Six Sigma Academy posed a question: Do companies in Japan use Six Sigma? I know the Japanese have developed their own quality improvements, most of which are practical concepts and doable, but I also know that there are Japanese companies who is using Six Sigma and enjoyung the benefits. Join the conversation!

Over at LearnSigma, Rob challenges you to take a quiz and find out how much you know about the Toyota Production System. I got 6 out of 10! Whoa… Not bad, I guess, for someone who only has the book The Toyota Way and has read it halfway. Take the quiz now!

An interesting concept is put out by Sue Kozlowski on iSixSigma Blogosphere. It’s the concept of Hands of the Customer. Sue is right that we often hear Voice of the Customer, but with Hands of the Customer, you consider your processes and decide which part or how much of it can you pass on to your customers to do. It has been tried in restaurants where customers are asked to mix their own drinks or mix and match their food. Yeah, we should try out this hands-of-the-customer concept.

Over at Curious Cat Management, John Hunter quoted a passage from Deming’s book, Out of Crisis. Let me share it with you, too.

Best efforts are essential. Unfortunately, best efforts, people charging this way and that way without guidance of principles, can do a lot of damage. Think of the chaos that would come if everyone did his best, not knowing what to do.

Well, Mr. Deming, I’m guilty as charged! (._.)

Filed under: iSixSigma, John Hunter, Lean Six Sigma, Mike Wroblewski, Robert Thompson, Ron Pereira, Six Sigma References

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Lean Six Sigma Blogs Roundup


Posted by: meikah | 24 July 2007 | 8:50 pm

sixHere we are a-goin’ ’round the blogosphere to read about what’s the latest in Lean or Lean Six Sigma.

Got Boondoggle? shares the results of the 2007 State of Lean survey. The survey says that middle managers are the biggest obstacle to lean enterprise. In fact, the top three obstacles concern people in the organization. Well, this isn’t really surprising because people in the executive level are usually the ones who are wary about change, thinking that it will affect the status quo.

Speaking of status quo, Lean Six Sigma Academy puts “challenge the status quo” as #1 on the Kaizen Rules list. It’s like saying, If it ain’t broken, fix it anyway. Ron has been running a series on the Kaizen Rules, and as of this writing, he’s now on rules #5 & #6: correct mistakes at once and be prudent on your spending to achieve Kaizen. To me, Kaizen is practicality taken to the highest level.

Over at Lean Blog, Dan Markovitz pushes for Kaizen, too, saying that it is the solution to once-in-a-decade disasters. He shares that WSJ has maligned the just-in-time (JIT) strategy of manufacturing. That is scheduling production in sync with demand-delivery to cut cost on inventory. Dan counters that the failure of just-in-time manufacturing in Japan should not be blamed on the earthquake but the choice of production system. The experience only shows the danger of single-source supply. Well, as I told my husband while we were watching news about that quake, when nature calls, you cannot turn your back from it.

Learning about Lean teaches us a thing or two about, well, lean. Accordingly, going lean is to just do it! and eliminate the “set-up” time. You’ll find out it’s faster and more efficient. I don’t know with you, but I need the “set-up” time most of the time. It my time to gather my thoughts and set priorities.
To cap this roundup, I see it apropos to end with the musings from Lean Reflections. Karen Wilhelm shares stories about making decisions, choosing careers (in technology), and simply living without letting pass by the opportunities. What does it have to do with lean? I think everything. Going lean is carefully choosing all the elements influencing you and filtering out those elements that hinder your growth. :)

Interesting blogs, great insights. Check them out!

Filed under: Dan Markovitz, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, Mike Wroblewski, Ron Pereira, Six Sigma Organizations

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Six Sigma Blogs Roundup


Posted by: meikah | 7 June 2007 | 11:26 pm

It’s time to do the rounds and read about useful management concepts on the blogosphere.

Mike of Got Boondoggle? invites us to look at handoffs in your process for waste and hidden opportunities for improvement.

Rob of Learn Sigma has a good discussion going about the latest review of ISO 9001.

Ron of Lean Six Sigma Academy features an interesting video titled “One-Piece-Flow vs. Batch Manufacturing.” :)

Laura Gibbons of iSixSigma Blogosphere points a finger at hold time as the real hidden factory of waste.

Very interesting insights. Check out the blogs!

Filed under: iSixSigma, Mike Wroblewski, Robert Thompson, Ron Pereira

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Lean, Six Sigma News Roundup


Posted by: meikah | 30 May 2007 | 9:03 pm

Today, let’s do the rounds of blogs that talk about Lean, Six Sigma, and other quality management strategies.

Let’s start with The Sixth Sigma, which I recently discovered. It features IBM and the company’s move to go lean has nothing to do with its streamlining of workforce. Well, that should be the case, for Lean is more than just laying off employees. The essence of lean is the continuous pursuit of waste elimination.

Over at Lean Six Sigma Academy, Ron is calling all bloggers or Six Sigma practitioners who want to share their insights on Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and other continuous improvements, to be guest bloggers at LSSA. Good idea, Ron!

Rob Thompson of Lean Sigma, which is now Learn Sigma emphasizing on the lean + six sigma formula, shares how Sony has screwed up lean methods: “God help you if you need a new screw for your Sony stuff: Sony charges 61 Euros (more than $82) for a replacement.”

Then Mike Wroblewski of Got Boondoggle? shared an amusing yet informative incident during their Kaizen event. Kaizen is yet another interesting quality strategy.

These are interesting insights that could help your continuous improvements now. Check out the blogs!

Filed under: Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, Mike Wroblewski, Robert Thompson, Ron Pereira

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SixSig Interviews Ron Pereira of Lean Six Sigma Academy


Posted by: meikah | 4 April 2007 | 12:37 am

HOT NEWS: Check out Six Sigma Interviews and read our interesting interview with Ron Pereira.

What benefits so far are derived from it? Could you quantify them, even in terms of percentage?

My green belt project at Nokia saved $2.2 million dollars. I also used the tools to reduce inventory by millions of dollars while with Nokia. I also have done lots of work with suppliers where I saw defects reduced which enabled the supplier to win and we also won since we shared the savings. That, in my opinion, is the true spirit of continuous improvement.

Read more… 

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