Posted by: meikah | 1 March 2010 | 7:05 pm
About a couple of years ago, I wrote a post titled, If Sports Were Six Sigma, then there would be no missed shots, unforced errors, and referees’ missed calls.
Now somebody left a comment on that post, and introduced a new book that actually tells tennis players to improve their efficiency through Six Sigma principles.
The book, Six Sigma Tennis, aims “to assist instructors/coaches/pros (educators) in helping their students, as well as to assist self-motivated, self-guided athletes (students) help themselves.”
Posted by: meikah | 9 July 2008 | 9:32 pm
Like any other organization or league, the NBA is not spared from issues of transparency and leadership. So when Ronald Johnson was announced to assume the position as the NBA’s first-ever SVP for referee operations, and with a General attached to his name, a lot of eyebrows raised.
People were intrigued about the General attached to his name. But that’s another long story. What caught my attention was the mention of Lean Six Sigma.
Here are snippets from the ESPN article:
When Johnson talked, it was all process. The phrase he uttered more than any other was “Lean Six Sigma.”
The General idea had me thinking we might speak of referees with lean six packs. But lean six sigma?
Some phrases used by Johnson: “Ability to take real world problems … explain in simple terms … impact performance … Department of Defense … Lean Six Sigma … referee processes … Lean Six Sigma … practical experience … tens of thousands of employees … most not soldiers … like the business world … leadership … knowing about people … how to motivate people …”
This answer ended with Johnson pointing out, in a moment of pleasing humility: “The Commissioner did not pick me because of my knowledge of the game.”
Yeah, the commissioner may be right in thinking that the league does not need a player to be at the helm. But someone who understands how processes work and knows how to run an organization. Armed with his obvious knowledge of Lean Six Sigma, Johnson could be the right person for the job.
We’ll see how this goes in the coming days.
Filed under: Lean Six Sigma, NBA, Sports
Posted by: meikah | 19 March 2008 | 12:58 am
Yeah, what would sports be like if there were no missed shots, missed serves, unforced errors, missed calls by referees?
I think it’s going to be boring. Remember a game becomes exciting when one player is racing against time and himself to score a point.
Actually, I got the title of this post from qimacros.com. So, if sports were Six Sigma, this would be the scenario:
If sports were Six Sigma, no one would ever make a mistake. (Actually, there would be 3.4 mistakes for every 1,000,000 plays, but teams might have to play for months to decide a game.)
- Baseball – Every batter would hit a home run or every pitcher would strike out every batter. It would take 333,000 at bats to get one out or one run.
- Football – Every kickoff or play would result in a touchdown for either the offense or defense (e.g., a fumble recovered and run in for a touchdown). At the end of four quarters, the result would be a coin toss and the point spread would always be 6 or 7.
- Basketball – Every shot from anywhere on the court would always find nothing but net, so everyone would shoot 3-pointers. The result would be a coin toss and the point spread would be 3 (no one would ever foul a player).
- Golf – Every stroke would produce a hole in one.
- Tennis – Every serve would be an ace or every return would win the point.
But then again, this is in sports. I think if you’re running a business, it’s not a question of whether it’s going to be fun or boring. It would be a question of cost. Delays, errors, missed customer calls, defects are costly. And cost is never fun.
Filed under: General, Six Sigma, Sports, Zero Defects
Posted by: meikah | 21 January 2008 | 11:50 pm
If there’s one sport that I wanted to learn, it’s tennis. It’s not that there was never an opportunity to learn the sport because for one, my childhood friend’s family was then running a tennis court business. We would often go to their house and play, but not tennis though. Like most little girls, we were addicted to dolls.
I know it’s not too late to learn it. Meanwhile, I content myself with watching tennis live or on TV and see my favorite players execute their almost perfect moves and frustrating unforced errors.
Speaking of unforced errors, I stumbled upon an article on USAToday.com that somehow links Six Sigma with unforced errors in tennis. Of course, we all know that errors of any kind is really detrimental to any kind o f endeavor.
The article, written in 2004, narrates that during a tennis tournament, when players reach the finals, their unforced errors diminish. The winners are those who have the least unforced errors.
Relating tennis to business, any unforced error in transaction is bad for business. This is where Six Sigma comes. After all, Six Sigma is a methodology that help companies examine every little detail in how things are done in order to figure out how to reduce errors to near zero.
Roger Federer gave way to Tennis’s rising star Novak Dyokovic, and Maria Sharapova went on to win her first Australian Open.
*Photo from MorgueFile