The SixSig Trivia

Posted by: meikah | 10 November 2009 | 7:48 pm

This year, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the 26th of November.

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated as a way of giving thanks to food collected from a good harvest in 1621. It started somehow as a religious festival, but has evolved into a secular one. American families gather together on this day and prepare a feast. The symbol of Thanksgiving Day is a stuffed turkey.

Now you can just imagine how many turkeys will be served on the tables during that day. Here’s an interesting data about that.

Quality eLine’s Data in Everyday Life presents data on turkey production, and which states produce the most number of turkeys.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau

If production of turkey fails, whatever will happen to Thanksgiving Day celebration?

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111th Philippine Independence Day

Posted by: meikah | 12 June 2009 | 9:18 pm

A depiction of the flag that was raised during the declaration. This was the basis for the flag as currently used by the Philippines today. [Source]

The Philippines was under colonial rule for 400 years under the Spaniards, 46 years under the Americans, and 4 years under the Japanese. Because of this, many cultural and social practices had influenced the Filipino people.It’s the first country in Asia to gain democracy, and 3rd largest English-speaking nation after the U.S. and U.K.

I remember Philippines used to be on top of the game among Asian nations, then we slowly dropped from the race. Too bad since we are supposed to have the best-educated leaders, finance people and economists. When we hear them talk, they seem to know what needs to be done and all. Perhaps we are all talk and no action.

Continue reading…

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The SixSig Roundup

Posted by: meikah | 18 March 2009 | 9:54 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. discusses the current role of the system development life cycle (SDLC) as a unifying procedural basis for Six Sigma improvement activities. Also, it presents SIFT, a simplified deployment and implementation model designed to work in conjunction with the SDLC and Six Sigma. Read on…

User-Centric Enterprise Architecture presents how Six Sigma can be incorporated into enterprise architecture, noting the similarities and differences. Read on…

At The Sixth Sigma, the blog shares a link from Obamanomics about the impact of emerging legislation and foreign tax treatment on the existing lean manufacturing structure. Read on…

Over at the The Lean Thinker, Mark Rosenthal talks about simplifying further the concept of lean, and how it is being implemented by a giant company like Toyota. Read on…

Learning About Lean blog shares an Lean experience from the government. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has streamlined its processes by spreading out the due dates of residents. The result: short wait times, shorter queues, and happier people. Read on…

*Edited photo is from Stock.Xchng

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SixSig Looks at Some Important Data on Thanksgiving Day

Posted by: meikah | 27 November 2008 | 12:25 am

Six Sigma is a data-driven initiative, and so if you are to apply it to any process, you must start with some data.

Over at ThomasNet, they shared Thanksgiving by the Numbers. Figures that will matter to mostly service industries, e.g. hospitality, transportation, retail, among others.



  • 41 Million – The number of Americans anticipated to travel more than 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving weekend [Source: AAA]
  • 33.2 Million – Holiday travelers expected to go via car, a 1.2 percent decrease from 2007 [Source: AAA]
  • $1.89 – National average price of gasoline per gallon as of Nov. 24 [Source: Energy Information Administration]


  • 34% – The percentage of shoppers hitting the stores on “Black Friday” — the day after Thanksgiving [Source: Maritz, Inc.]
  • $875 – Amount to be spent on gifts by 33 percent of Black Friday shoppers; 17 percent plan to spend over $1,000 [Source: Maritz, Inc.]
  • 1.2% – Expected sales gain on Black Friday, down 7.1 percentage points from last year’s 8.3 percent sales increase [Source: BDO Seidman, LLP]

Read more…

To my friends in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving!

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The SixSig Roundup

Posted by: meikah | 26 October 2008 | 8:14 pm

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

Safety Culture shares an overview of Basic Lean Six Sigma Training Tools And Techniques. The overview is useful and a timely reminder.

Fresh Web Content says that (Six) Sigma data collection requires asking the correct questions. True! And this is achieved through DMAIC.

Over at Healthcare Transformation, Dr. Healthcare shares how QFD contributes to the success of Lean Six Sigma in healthcare. The value of QFD in healthcare is that it has the VOC component in it. Go over and read the discussion. It’s a very useful tip.

Lean Blog reacts to a post that says allowing blog comments is waste or “muda” according to Lean standards. The blog claims that “it’s waste for the blogger to have to deal with the problems that come from comments — spam, insults, and general crap.” Well, it really takes time to go through comments, but then there’s a good plugin for spam comments. For me, reading comments from readers are also sources of new learning.

Lean Six Sigma Academy shares a rather touching story, which was on Evolving Excellence blog. Kevin of Evolving Excellence lost a colleague, which helped him come to the realization that “authentic continuous improvement should be focused on the person.” In other words, any improvement effort should give consideration to the team members and their capacity to do the work, yet still take care of their families.

Good links worthe checking out!

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SixSig Celebrates Independence Day!

Posted by: meikah | 12 June 2008 | 2:53 am

Philippine Independence DayToday is Independence Day in the Philippines!

I cannot allow this day to end without greeting my fellow Filipinos Happy Freedom Day!

Freedom, like love, is the most abused and confused word in the dictionary. Many people confuse freedom as being free to do what they and want when they want.

It may sound like a cliche, but with freedom comes great responsibility. For every action and decision and even aspiration you make, there are consequences that you have to deal with. Noone exists in a vacuum. Each one is affected and influenced by the other.

With freedom comes great sacrifice. You cannot possibly allow something to happen if the greater majority would suffer from it in the end.

With freedom comes selflessness. You put the welfare of others before your own. You cannot espouse freedom yet coerce others to follow your twisted plans.

With freedom comes great joy. When you’re conscience is clean, you can sleep well at night and be joyful the next day.

With freedom comes great love. Because you can love, you are overflowing with care and sympathy for your fellowmen.

With freedom comes great service. You come not to be served but to serve. Service to humanity is the best work of life.

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