Update on Six Sigma in the Philippines – Part 1


Posted by: meikah | 28 September 2011 | 12:06 am

Last August, I attended the Six Sigma Conference 2011 at Hotel Intercontinental Manila. It has been a while since the last Six Sigma Best Practices that I attended way back in 2009.

True enough, I learned a lot of new things about Six Sigma, process improvement strategies that many Philippine-based companies have been using.

The key speaker of that conference was none other than the premier Six Sigma practitioner in the Philippines: Dan Lachica, President and CEO of First Philec Solar Corporation.

According to Lachica, Six Sigma is three things:

  1. A statistical measurement
  2. A business strategy
  3. A philosophy

And then he went on to offer a simplified definition of DMAIC, a breakthrough strategy:

Define –  Define the project GOAL & customer (internal & external) deliverables.

Measure – Establish a deeper understanding of the problem by searching for the potential root causes.

Analyze – Analyze and determine the root causes  of the problem.

Improve –  Implement the best parameter settings that will solve the problem and lead to improvement.

Control – Implement control system to sustain the improvement.

Dan Lachica also believes that to achieve operational excellence, a company has to create and nurture a Six Sigma culture. And Six Sigma alone cannot do the trick. With the present challenges in the business and economy, one needs a collaboration of all relevant strategies and work them out efficiently together.

Thus, he develops the Lachica Model:

Integrate Lean, Lean Sigma, Six Sigma, BPM/MBNQA/PQA, ISO, and TQM

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Six Sigma Conference 2011 in Manila


Posted by: meikah | 21 June 2011 | 1:19 am

Fierra De Manila brings you the Six Sigma Conference 2011 in Manila on August 4-5, 2011 at Hotel Intercontinental Manila.

KEY CONFERENCE TOPICS
Day 1, August 04, 2011, Thursday
  1. Creating a Six Sigma Culture Through Operational Excellence
  2. The Holy Grail of Six Sigma, Lean, and BPM
  3. Metrics for Successful Six Sigma Projects
  4. Using Six Sigma Approach for Fixing Performance Issues in Balanced Scorecard Model
  5. Unlocking Six Sigma for Managing Process Variation
  6. Six Sigma Project Presentation in Financial/Banking Sector
  7. Six Sigma Project Presentation in BPO Sector
  8. A Case Presentation of Continuous Improvement (CI) Implementation Program
  9. Panel Discussion
Special Break-Out Sessions
  1. Guidelines and Criteria in the Selection of Potential Six Sigma Projects
  2. Starting Your Six Sigma Projects the Right Way  92-2751

Find out more and register now!

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Six Sigma Companies News: Southcoast Health System Saves $20M Without Layoffs


Posted by: meikah | 28 October 2010 | 12:31 am

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Here’s another edition of Six Sigma Companies News.

Southcoast Health System–a three-hospital system based in New Bedford, Mass.–has saved $20 million since it began implementing Lean Six Sigma in January 2009, the New England Business Bulletin reports. The savings are “well over” the amount invested, Patrick Gannon, vice president and chief quality officer for Southcoast Hospitals Group, told the Bulletin.

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SixSig Reference Feature: Tips from Executives on How to Improve Business Efficiency


Posted by: meikah | 8 September 2010 | 9:34 pm

I often hear companies professing to make their business efficient because of quality management programs. On the other hand, others say that these are just all motherhood statements.

But I believe that efficiency can be done, and knowing the Best Practices, I know that there are companies out there that really make Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma work for them.

Here is an article who shares insights from executives of companies that are improving efficiency  through Lean, Kaizen, and Six Sigma.

Let’s learn from them.

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Filed under: Kaizen, Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Quality, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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Six Sigma Companies News: Cummins India net profit up 58%


Posted by: meikah | 15 August 2010 | 10:04 pm

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Here’s another edition of Six Sigma Companies News.

IndianExpress.com reports:

The net sales of Cummins India Limited for the quarter, ended June 30, 2010, were Rs 910 crores, an increase of 45% compared to the same period last year…

… Anant J Talaulicar, chairman and managing director, Cummins India Limited, said, “We had taken full advantage of the slowdown by accelerating our Six Sigma based focus on waste reduction, process improvements and value engineering. Thus, we further strengthened our balance sheet...”

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Filed under: Benefits and Savings, Cummins, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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Six Sigma Companies News: Risk Management Lessons from Toyota


Posted by: meikah | 27 July 2010 | 1:08 am

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Here’s another edition of Six Sigma Companies News.

Forbes.com reports:

Don’t wait until it’s too late to create a necessary plan.

Toyota is well-known for its lean business process, continuous innovation, manufacturing prowess and strong supplier ties. That’s exactly why the news about the accelerator problems for millions of vehicles came as a shock to so many people. The impact will be long-term, far-reaching and very expensive.

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Becoming a Lean Six Sigma Organization


Posted by: meikah | 24 May 2010 | 9:14 pm

We have talked several times how an organization has been benefited by going into Lean Six Sigma. But I think we have not touched the part on how to become a Lean Six Sigma Organization. Or if we have, this article on iSixSigma is a good resource.

According to the article, to which I agree, like any other process improvement, one of the best ways to roll out a Lean Six Sigma program is to treat the process as a Six Sigma process in and of itself.

As such, we use the classic five-stage DMAIC process:

Define – All senior leaders must become familiar with Six Sigma concepts and what being a Six Sigma organization actually means.

Measure – Progress must be measured as the program is rolled out through a well-thought out key performance indicators.

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Six Sigma Companies News: New Tesla-Toyota partnership reportedly will use NUMMI plant


Posted by: meikah | 20 May 2010 | 8:25 pm

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Here’s another edition of Six Sigma Companies News.

San Francisco Business Times reports:

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday that electric car-maker Tesla Motors and Japanese automaker Toyota will produce a car together in the state. The Associated Press is reporting the cars will be built at the former home of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant — or NUMMI — in Fremont.

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Six Sigma Companies News: Erie County Strengthens Its Organizational Structure


Posted by: meikah | 28 April 2010 | 12:05 am

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Here’s another edition of Six Sigma Companies News.

Buffalo Business First online journal reports:

Erie County Executive Chris Collins has started a search to fill two upper-level positions in his administration. Collins confirmed that Deputy County Executive Al Hammonds Jr., his Lean Six Sigma director, will be leaving the Rath Building next month and returning to the University at Buffalo.

Hammonds, widely considered a Lean Six Sigma guru, will be working for two UB departments — the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and the Department of External Affairs. Hammonds was recruited by Collins shortly after the county executive was elected in 2007. He had been at UB’s Center for Industrial Effectiveness.

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Six Sigma Companies News: Boeing Reports Q4 Revenues


Posted by: meikah | 27 January 2010 | 7:50 pm

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Here’s another edition of Six Sigma Companies News. Boeing went through some rough times in the last couple of years.

Yet in the last quarter of 2009, Boeing reports:

… fourth-quarter revenues rose to nearly $18 billion from $12.7 billion a year earlier and net income rose to $1.3 billion, or $1.75 per share, compared with a loss of $86 million, or a loss of 12 cents a share in 2008.

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