Six Sigma Companies News: G.E.’s Stocks Standing

Posted by: meikah | 28 April 2009 | 8:56 pm

news on Six Sigma companies

Here’s another edition of Six Sigma Companies News. G.E. pioneers quality initiatives like Six Sigma. When the economic crisis hit, it didn’t spare even the big Six Sigma companies.

G.E. stocks, for one, is among those that got affected among other aspects of its business. Chicago Tribune features G.E. in its Q&A with readers.

Q: I would like information on General Electric Co. I bought some of its shares for my grandson. E.P., via the Internet

A: The giant conglomerate became famous for its efficiency and management through programs such as Six Sigma and its leadership in the fields in which it chose to compete.

It is still respected for those strengths. Furthermore, its industrial and consumer goods should benefit from the $2 trillion in stimulus programs initiated by governments around the world, though most financial benefits won’t begin until next year.

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Filed under: GE, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations, Stock Market

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Six Sigma Parodied on 30 Rock Show

Posted by: meikah | 28 April 2009 | 8:16 pm

30 Rock and Six Sigma

Six Sigma seems to be 30 Rock’s favorite topic. I know there was an old epsiode that touched on Six Sigma. And now in season 3, the popular sitcom again made a parody of Six Sigma, which stirred up some controversy.

In the show, Six Sigma was allegedly described as “a group of men who stand for ‘the pillars of the Six Sigma business philosophy’ — teamwork, insight, brutality, male enhancement, hand shakefulness, and play hard. These are obviously not the pillars of the real Six Sigma program, and some in the Six Sigma Community have taken offense to the spoof.

Who wouldn’t?

It’s a spoof all right but the writer could have made fun in another aspect. One of the funnies that I love reading is the Cox-Box. It’s like Dilbert but more specific to Six Sigma and quality practices. The fun and humor is there but it is never offensive.

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Filed under: NBC, Six Sigma

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Does Being a Six Sigma Certified Save You Your Job?

Posted by: meikah | 28 April 2009 | 7:38 pm

Layoffs seem to be the trend these days. I can’t say I blame all the companies who had to let go of their employees. I know many of them had thought long and hard before laying off people. Times are just hard and they have no choice but to streamline or cease business.

Over at SixSigmatuts, it appears that certified Six Sigma practitioners have a lower rate of being laid off than those who are not. A study can attest to this. Here are the results:

  • There is a statistically significant lower layoff rate between those that are training in the Six Sigma methodology and those who have not.
  • People who have not been trained and certified in Six Sigma are twice as likely to lose their job than certified Green Belts.

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Well, if this were true, and you are a certified Six Sigma practitioner then you’re among the lucky ones. :)

Filed under: Certification, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Jobs, Six Sigma Professionals

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Six Sigma Phased Deployment Model in IT

Posted by: meikah | 26 April 2009 | 9:59 pm

It has been observed that Six Sigma in IT has not really made headway. There are some IT companies that have embraced it but the initiative often fails to be continuous.

An article on iSixSigma discusses how a phased deployment can help Six Sigma in IT succeed. It specifically mentions a three-phased deployment model.

The following are the three phases of this deployment model:

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  1. Middle out – This phase is driven by an individual or a small group of visionaries in the firm from middle management level. This group must keep the cost of the Lean Six Sigma program under check at all times. Projects may have a primarily bottom-line focus due to weak top leadership commitment.
  2. Move to top – This phase the first step toward a long-term business process excellence approach. Balanced scorecards should be created for every business unit or department and they should align directly to the firm’s corporate vision and mission.
  3. Top down – In this phase Lean Six Sigma benchmark practices and market performance should be discussed and an adoption decision should be made in the boardroom, with the CEO driving from the front. Champions, Master Black Belts, Black Belts and Green Belts should be developed to own and lead the Lean Six Sigma program. Projects should involve both top-line and bottom-line growth objectives, with a primary focus on customer satisfaction.

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Filed under: Deployment, IT, Six Sigma

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Avis Budget Group: Winner of the Best Organizational Achievement in Lean Enterprise Improvement

Posted by: meikah | 26 April 2009 | 8:36 pm

Lean and Six Sigma at Avis

This is a case history of how Avis Budget Group was on their way to realize $100 million saved in 2008 through Lean and Six Sigma.

In March, senior management approached David Myers, Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, to take on a new full-time responsibility and lead this effort as global deployment leader, and to bring in outside help to expedite process improvements using tools such as Lean and Six Sigma. The objective was to develop an implementation plan to improve company-wide profits by $100 to $150 million in two or three years while maintaining or improving the quality of ABG customer service.

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Filed under: Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations, Six Sigma References

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The SixSig Roundup

Posted by: meikah | 26 April 2009 | 8:30 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.

Triz Sigma blog gives us some good reminders on how to select Six Sigma projects. “Choosing the right projects is crucial to the credibility of six sigma and its’ ability to live within the bounds of its’ own philosophies by being efficient and cost effective with the resources it employs.”

Daily Kaizen features a guest post from Dr. David McCulloch about Electronic Medical Records: the “drunk man’s keys” of the healthcare reform debate. “… if we simply apply cool technology to make our current irrational, unsafe, and overpriced healthcare system more ‘efficient’ then we will have achieved nothing. If applied to a rational system then electronic medical records could be the key to unlock the door to a warm, inviting medical home, a place where customers would feel safe and well cared for.”

From Evolving Excellence, I pick out the post on Lean is bigger than any of us. “The lean community talks a lot about leadership and culture, and a common trait I have found among the real lean successes is leadership that cares about other people and their communities. That is also true of just about everyone who supports or pushes lean.”

Learn Sigma has a good discussion going if QFD and Kansei Engineering can be integrated. This can “mean a way of identifying product development methods such as QFD etc., which are suitable for transferring  Kansei Engineering results into conventional product development.”

Over at Gemba Panta Rei, Jon Miller shares the lessons of the drop, the bucket, and the continuous improvement. The mindset should be that there’s no small thing that can’t affect the big, whole organization.

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

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Preparing for Six Sigma et al Certification Exams

Posted by: meikah | 21 April 2009 | 9:52 pm

I get emails and questions asking advice on how to prepare for certification exams, and if I know of books that could help them prepare.


ASQ is releasing handbooks to help you and other quality professionals prepare for certification in 14 of ASQ’s existing certifications, including Quality Auditor, Quality Engineer, and Six Sigma Black Belt. A handbook for Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) will be released this summer.

ASQ members can receive discounts on handbooks, which retail from $69 to $139, depending on the certification topic. Handbook pricing and order information can be found by contacting ASQ Customer Care at 1-800-248-1946. For a complete list of ASQ certifications, check THIS out.

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Filed under: ASQ, Certification, Quality, Six Sigma, Six Sigma References

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Rolling Out the Lean Green Six Sigma Machine

Posted by: meikah | 21 April 2009 | 8:25 pm

As environment awareness increases, people are now into activities that preserve and protect the environment. What’s good about this development is also the increasing market for green initiatives.

The Manufacturing and Technology eJournal carries the story about a Lean Green Six Sigma machine. According to the article:

Green Six Sigma is addressing the real challenges for leadership and senior executives to drive business process excellence while reducing environmental impact; the role of Six Sigma both now and in the future for sustainability, energy reduction and to boost profits.

Evan Miller, president of Hertzler Systems in Goshen, Indiana says, “In a global economy with environmental pressures high on the agenda, organizations are under increasing pressure to control costs, maintain high levels of safety and quality, and save energy. Energy conservation offers the parallel advantages of helping to reduce costs, improving efficiency, as well as reducing the carbon footprint. In this climate increasing numbers of companies are implementing Six Sigma techniques as an efficient and effective means to building a sustainable business and make their operations, products and services more socially responsible, particularly regarding the environment.”

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Incidentally, there is the upcoming The Inaugural Green Six Sigma Conference on May 13 – 14, 2009. Check it out!

This post is also in time for Earth Day tomorrow. :)

Filed under: Deployment, Environment, Six Sigma, Sustainable Business

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