Xerox Emirates Attributes Continued Success to Lean Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 26 February 2009 | 10:03 pm

Lean Six Sigma at Xerox EmiratesXerox Emirates (XEM) announced that the company enjoyed revenue growth in excess of 25% for the year ended December 2008 as compared for the same period of 2007.

In the process, XEM managed to maintain its leadership in the A3 color copier based multifunction product.

According to Andrew Hurt, General Manager of Xerox Emirates, the company will continue to give focus on their five critical building blocks namely people, infrastructure & business processes, customer & partner engagement, ‘customer experience,’ and cash.’

Mr. Hurt added:

“In 2007 we invested in the deployment of Lean Six Sigma to support our business objectives and operational excellence, as a result of which 9 green belts were certified. We will continue to deploy Lean Six Sigma to improve efficiency, simplify our business processes, add value to our customers and generate revenue.”

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Filed under: Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations, Xerox Corporation

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Fort Dodge, Iowa Aims to be a Lean Government

Posted by: meikah | 26 February 2009 | 9:34 pm

The Messenger reports that the City of Fort Dodge, Iowa will be adapting Toyota’s Lean Manufacturing principles. The city will aim to be a lean government in the coming months or so.

Lean at Fort Dodge, IowaCity Manager David Fierke described lean government as the ”logical next step of what we’ve been doing all along.” He added that adopting lean government is necessary as well as logical. ”If we stay with the status quo, we’re going to get to the point where we’re in a financial crisis,” he said.

He is likewise recommending that the council hire PDG of Story City to help implement lean government practices. The company would be paid $5,400 a month for the first year of its services, $3,750 a month for the second year and $2,500 a month for the third year.

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I like the way Mayor Fierke views lean, that it is something that will make his government improve and become better. Fort Dodge joins the many other cities such as  whose government are realizing the benefit of going into Lean and Six Sigma.

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Filed under: Lean, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, Public Sector, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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Six Sigma and the IT Industrial Revolution

Posted by: meikah | 26 February 2009 | 9:02 pm

Over at, Katy Ring talks about the IT industrial revolution. And that despite the economic crisis, the IT industry must continue to flourish. After all, most of our processes these days depend on IT.

Ms. Ring puts forward the idea that many organizations in the coming months will surely be focusing on cutting costs yet still being able to function properly. Thus, she says:

All IT service vendors should be able to demonstrate widespread use of systems management tools, which underpin IT delivery, and the adoption and pervasiveness of ITIL, ISO 20000 and Six Sigma frameworks and methods in delivery. They should also be able to demonstrate an ability to direct manpower to where it is needed and the level of centralised control for service delivery and explain how this will assist in contract delivery and pricing.

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I agree with her. IT organizations must learn to utilize systems management tools such as Six Sigma or Lean, or the combination Lean Six Sigma, to save on necessary IT expenses and enjoy the corresponding benefits. To me, that is the only way to go in the coming months.

Filed under: IT, ITIL, Lean Six Sigma, Processes, Quality, Six Sigma, Technology

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Applying Lean Principles To Green Business

Posted by: meikah | 24 February 2009 | 9:46 pm

While sustainable business proves to be quite expensive, many advocates are still at it. Now, there is a growing interest in applying lean principles to green business.

Foremost reason of which, perhaps, is that lean would speed up any green initiative, which would mean less cost but with significant results in terms of efficient processes.

An article on ReliablePlant discusses how lean manufacturing principles can help deliver green results. The article also cites a few examples of organizations that uses Six Sigma and other continuous quality improvements to be sustainable:

  • From 2005 – 2007, General Electric reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 250,000 metric tons and saved $70 million in energy costs.
  • A Baxter International facility combined Six Sigma and energy-efficiency efforts to save $300,000 in energy costs in one year.
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America has reduced average facility energy consumption per vehicle by 30 percent since 2000.

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Filed under: Lean, Lean Manufacturing, Sustainable Business

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Six Sigma for Outsourcing Contracts

Posted by: meikah | 24 February 2009 | 8:54 pm

Outsourcing as a business grows bigger every day. It seems like there was no stopping this industry. But during this economic slump, the outsourcing business need to be more prudent.

Thus, outsourcing contracts need to be negotiated by the participating parties really well. A news article on iTNews, outsourcing contracts are now looking at continuous improvement methodologies like Six Sigma to be incorporated into the management structures governing outsourcing contracts. This is in an attempt to forge closer ties between the parties involved. Read more…

It’s good to know that Six Sigma can also be used for outsourcing contracts.

Has anyone of you had experience with using Six Sigma to sign outsourcing contracts?

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Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma Upcoming Conferences

Posted by: meikah | 24 February 2009 | 8:05 pm

Six Sigma events on GoingToMeet.com8th Annual Lean & Six Sigma and Business Improvement in Healthcare Summit
InterContinental New Orleans Luxury Hotel New Orleans, Louisiana United States
Mar 17, 2009 – Mar 20, 2009

Lean Six Sigma – 3rd edition
Blue Tree Towers Faria Lima, Sao Paulo Brazil
Mar 30, 2009 – Apr 01, 2009

Lean Six Sigma for Military
Grapevine/Dallas, Texas United States
Apr 21, 2009 – Apr 21, 2009

11th Annual Design for Six Sigma: A Total System Approach
Chicago, Illinois United States
Apr 27, 2009 – Apr 29, 2009

WCBF’s Green Six Sigma
Chicago, Illinois United States
May 12, 2009 – May 14, 2009

WCBFs 5th Annual Lean & Six Sigma in Sales & Marketing Conference
Chicago, Illinois United States
Jun 03, 2009 – Jun 05, 2009

For more events and related events, subscribe to now!

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Public Healthcare Meets Community Needs Through Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 22 February 2009 | 9:45 pm

When you talk about public healthcare, you can imagine all sorts of problems and issues that need to be addressed.

Here in the country, for example, those involved in public health have to address the issue on good project management and budget to carry out the programs.

With the complexity of issues, it’s good to know that you can actually apply Six Sigma to public healthcare, and help meet community needs.

Read the article over at iSixSigma Healthcare: Six Sigma Helps Public Healthcare Meet Community Needs

Filed under: Healthcare, Public Sector, Six Sigma

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Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard

Posted by: meikah | 22 February 2009 | 9:34 pm

These two tools can drive business to achieve the Right things, and doing them Right, at the Right time.

Find out how.

Filed under: Balanced Scorecard, Lean Six Sigma, Tools/Toolkits

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Harsco Corporation Goes Lean

Posted by: meikah | 22 February 2009 | 7:05 pm

Lean at HarscoHarsco Corporation serves some of the world’s largest and most essential industries, including non-residential construction, steel and metals, energy, and railways.

To be able to continue doing business and stay on the top of the game, Harsco has decided to be more efficient in their operations. The company goes into Lean Six Sigma.
StreetInsider reports:

Janney Montogomery Scott initiates coverage on Harsco Corporation (NYSE: HSC) with a Neutral. Fair value $30.

Janney analyst says, “Harsco is a major player in the industrial services space, and even though the economy is in a downswing the company has positioned itself to be able to take advantage of the continued infrastructure buildout that is occurring throughout the globe…Furthermore, it has an attractive collection of niche businesses that earn high returns on capital.

The company has just started to implement Lean Manufacturing techniques, which, if sustained, should help the company improve its operating profits that are currently at levels below their potential. Harsco’s balance sheet is in healthy shape, does not have any red flags given the current credit environment, and is currently being put to work in the form of a stock buyback program to take advantage of the depressed stock market.”


Filed under: Lean, Services

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FMEA Improves Giving of Medication Doses

Posted by: meikah | 19 February 2009 | 12:18 am

The Six Sigma Tool, FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) is helping the Children’s Hospital of Illinois improve their healthcare services.

Kathy Francis, RN and InformMed pac2 technology inventor, says, “Wrong dose errors account for 41% of fatal medication errors, yet 10-20% of all doses are calculated at the point of care. By helping nurses to accurately calculate dose volumes, recognize unsafe doses, and recall clinically important drug information, the pac2 helps protect nurses and patients from tragic results.”

The analysis showed that an 88% reduction in total potential risk of medication error could be realized when the pac2 was used in the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). According to Dr. Adalberto Torres, Jr., Medical Director for the Children’s Hospital PICU, the study’s reduced error rates offer valuable insight into the potential of the InformMed pac2 system in an emergent care setting. The Children’s Hospital cares for more children in Illinois than any hospital outside of Chicago, and was recently recognized as having the #1 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the world.

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Filed under: FMEA, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations, Tools/Toolkits

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