Webinar Series: Lean Six Sigma for Tough Times – Leveraging Performance Excellence During an Economic Downturn


Posted by: meikah | 30 July 2008 | 11:40 pm

In a press release, the Breakthrough Management Group International (BMGI) will launch a six-part webinar series called Lean Six Sigma for Tough Times.

During this economic difficult times, we hear about layoffs and closures left and right. If you’re worried about your company, you may want to listen to BMGI’s CEO, David Silverstein.

Topics that are covered during this six part series include:

Retool your Deployment for an Economic Downturn – Aug 6

* Learn which projects make the most sense — which do not –when times are tough.
* Increase project speed — now is the time to learn to get through projects in days and weeks, not months.
* Find out how to look for atypical projects that you don’t normally work on.

Deal with Underperforming Belts – Aug 13

* Ensure closed projects are delivering results as promised.
* Determine when to give up on underperforming projects.
* Team complimentary skill sets and re-engage.
* Recall former belts from other parts of the business.

Read more and register now!

Filed under: Events/Announcements, Lean Six Sigma, Webinar

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Six Sigma and Lean at Good Samaritan Hospital


Posted by: meikah | 30 July 2008 | 11:35 pm

six sigma at Good Samaritan HospitalFor Good Samaritan Hospital in L.A., “good isn’t good enough. Aim Higher, Work Smarter and Do it Better.”

That is their mantra and they’ve lived with it. How?

Through Six Sigma, Lean, and other change management techniques. The hospital started with Six Sigma in 2001, deploying projects for:

  • pacemaker billing and reimbursement
  • length of stay for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
  • use of Omnicell non-narcotic
  • medical record retrieval
  • room availability cycle time,
  • lab supply management.

All projects have been successful.The elements of Lean were brought in to eliminate waste in the process steps and is also successful.

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Filed under: Benefits and Savings, Deployment, Healthcare, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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The SixSig Roundup


Posted by: meikah | 30 July 2008 | 10:06 pm

sixIt’s time again to do the roundup and learn from similar blogs.

Check out the blogs I’m featuring below.

Mark Graban of LeanBlog shares that the Joint Commission, a non-profit hospital accreditation organization, is investigating the use of Lean and Six Sigma. The reason for doing so is that the Commission wants to improve its internal operations. I say, way to go!

Mike Wroblewski of Got Boondoggle is talking about My CI, my Continuous Improvement, to involve the employees and not only the managers in the continuous improvement effort. This is really swell! Often, an improvement initiative fails because people have not bought the idea because they see little value or involvement in it. Learn more: Top 12 FAQ about My CI.

Ron Pereira of Lean Six Sigma Academy is re-learning an old process, which is fathering a baby girl ;) . Congrats, Ron! But he has an interesting post about batching, a process that may not be lean but can be equally efficient as well. I joined the discussion and well you can read my thoughts over there.

Holly Hawkins of iSixSigma Blogosphere talks about Six Sigma for the office. It’s a good post, a down-to-earth, more real application that many non-Six Sigma practitioners can relate. She asks, “Is there variation in the office?” Definitely. What are these? Read on.

Let me end this roundup with lines from Jeffrey K. Liker’s The Toyota Way:

We discovered the top management in the companies with vital programs had a process orientation, while the unsuccessful companies had results-oriented managers. The results-oriented managers immediately wanted to measure the bottom-line results of the continuous improvement program. The process-oriented managers were more patient, believing that an investment in the people and process would lead to the results they desired.

Filed under: Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Mark Graban, Mike Wroblewski, Six Sigma

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Introducing the TPS-Lean Six Sigma


Posted by: meikah | 28 July 2008 | 9:28 pm

Lean Six Sigma has evolved now into the TPS-Lean Six Sigma. The new initiative boasts of a wholistic approach to an organization’s process improvement. Wholistic means it touches not only on the non-human proceses, but also the human resource, which many companies say is their best asset.

EMQ shares The Evolution of Lean Six Sigma, TPS-Lean Six Sigma, first holistic program to address both business and human needs.

Highlights:

  • TPS-Lean Six Sigma is a program that aligns the strategic goals of the company with the life goals of the individual.
  • There are four fundamental elements of TPS-Lean Six Sigma Cycle.
  • The result of using TPS-Lean Six Sigma is a highly optimized company that is driven by a highly motivated workforce.

Is this the much-awaited answer to the workforce-management saga? What are your thoughts?

Filed under: Lean Six Sigma, Team Dynamics

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ATS Plans for Lean Six Sigma Seminars


Posted by: meikah | 28 July 2008 | 9:01 pm

PACE announces:

lean six sigma at ATS GlobalATS has planned 4 Lean Six Sigma and Simatic IT Seminars in August, starting with the first one on 14 August in Melbourne. Some important Lean & Six Sigma practitioners and executives will be attending this first workshop.

This session will be drawing on Best Practices from SCA Packaging, Rolls-Royce Aerospace, The Nut Company, and Toyota amongst others. These events are designed to educate on the continuous improvement initiatives and Manufacturing Execution Systems.

Overview Tour:
Lean Manufacturing & Six Sigma Workshop, August 14, Melbourne
ATS Simatic IT Breakfast Seminar, the good, the bad and the ugly, August 15, Melbourne
MES Implementation Experiences Workshop, August 19, Sydney
ATS Simatic IT Breakfast Seminar, the good, the bad and the ugly, August 20, Sydney

Read more…

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Hertzler Systems Continues Six Sigma


Posted by: meikah | 28 July 2008 | 8:40 pm

Six Sigma at Hertzler SystemsOver at TMCnet, Hertzler Systems still finds value with Six Sigma.

In a recent interview with Evan Miller, CEO of Hertzler Systems, these are some of the values they’ve gleaned by continuing with Six Sigma:

  • Six Sigma growth is among smaller organizations which are now deriving value from the program.
  • Small organizations can get a lot of value from Six Sigma implementations, but they have to be really smart about how they execute.
  • Most business initiatives have the shelf life of cottage cheese, Six Sigma has had remarkable staying power in the face of that.

Read more…

This is like saying that if you believe in Six Sigma, and know how to make it work for your organization, it will definitely bring in the savings and benefits.

Filed under: Benefits and Savings, Hertzler Systems, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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U.S. Army Continues Lean Six Sigma


Posted by: meikah | 27 July 2008 | 8:53 pm

iSixSigma News reports:

The U.S. Army, in keeping with its long-term strategy to become a self-sustaining Lean Six Sigma/Continuous Process Improvement (LSS/CPI) organization, graduated its fifth LSS Master Black Belt (MBB) class. The class, MBB08-03, graduated six Army officers and five Department of the Army civilians. 62 Master Black Belt Candidates have graduated from this course since the first class graduated in August 2007.

Continue reading…

Way to go U.S. Army! Despite what the naysayers are saying, you’re still at it!

Filed under: Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma, Military, Training, US Army

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SixSig Supports the 5th Customer Feedback Week


Posted by: meikah | 25 July 2008 | 3:14 am

Here are the reasons why:

First, a robust VOC process can drive better Six Sigma results.

Second, VOC is big. It’s the customer who rules because it’s the customer who determines the quality of your product. It’s the customer who can make or break what to you is the most innovative product or service.

Continue reading…

Filed under: Customer Service, Six Sigma, VOC

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Six Sigma Reducing Medical Errors


Posted by: meikah | 23 July 2008 | 11:35 pm

Six Sigma and medical errorsI’ve said this over and over that if I had to list the top 10 industries that should have zero defect, the healthcare or the pharmaceutical industry would be on that list.

Good thing there are quality methodologies, like Six Sigma, that can reduce errors. Take for instance, the medical errors. In an article on HealthLink, three initial projects on reducing medical errors were successful because of Six Sigma. These are:

  1. IV drug infusions – errors and discrepancies were improved by standardizing drug concentrations, developing tables to improve the accuracy of drip calculations.
  2. Patient Controlled Pumps for Administering Pain Medications – this area was improved by standardizing processes and training the involved personnel.
  3. Laboratory turn-around time – this aspect was improved by improving on software and interface issues and the pneumatic tube system, and training Black Belts.

Read more…

*Photo from Stock.Xchng

Filed under: Benefits and Savings, Healthcare, Six Sigma

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Lean Six Sigma Saving Money and Environment in Heidelberg


Posted by: meikah | 23 July 2008 | 11:04 pm

ARMY.MIL news reports:

Residents in 10 family housing buildings in Heidelberg have walked through a six-week education process designed to significantly reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste that has to be incinerated.

The pilot project, called “Rumbling Rubbish/Keep It Green” was developed by Heidelberg Recycling Manager Travis Vowinkel, and with the support of the Environmental Division, the pilot program was launched.

Continue reading…

The project has been successful because of Lean Six Sigma. Worked on as a Lean Six Sigma project, the families in the pilot project were educated about recycling and reducing wastes. The education campaign did not only involve info campaign materials but the staff members themselves also met with each family and showed them the recycling process that results in the least amount of non-recyclable waste.

Recycling projects are happen all over the world and some are making progress, others are struggling. But what struck me about this environment effort is the use of Lean Six Sigma. :)

Anyone of you have used Lean Six Sigma in their environment projects, too?

Filed under: Benefits and Savings, Environment, Lean Six Sigma, Military, Six Sigma, Sustainable Business

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