Cash Strapped Detroit is Working with Six Sigma to Improve Deficits

Posted by: meikah | 29 June 2009 | 6:57 pm

Six Sigma and Detroit

Crain’s Detroit Business carries a story about the 100-day mission to improve operations in Detroit. But “50 days into the 100-day mission, members of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s crisis turnaround team said they were digging deep into Detroit’s troubled finances and systems — with grim findings.”

The city has many financial problems and it’s imperative that they do something about it.

According to Freman Hendrix, co-chair and a former Detroit deputy mayor:

“The teams as they have been organized have sort of fanned out across key departments and divisions through city government and are working in a consultant’s role. They’re talking to staff-level folks, asking questions about state of the city’s IT systems, budget processes, finance issues and so forth … there’s no real template for this work we’re doing. This is not like any other transition process.”

Denise Ilitch, another co-chair and owner of Denise Ilitch Designs, further says:

“It’s challenging… We just introduced Six Sigma, and if there’s a strong interest, we have a volunteer willing to help share those tools and processes.”

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Filed under: Finance, Public Sector, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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SixSig Reference Feature: The 5 Key Facets of Quality Leadership

Posted by: meikah | 29 June 2009 | 5:56 pm

qualiy leadership

You all know about quality methodologies, such as Six Sigma, and you try to use all of them or in combination to improve processes in our organizations.

However, you also notice that not all organizations are succeeding in their chosen quality methodologies. Perhaps, because a methodology can only do so much. It is still the people behind those methodologies who can make it work or not. That is why it’s crucial that you choose the good, if not the best, people to be on the team.

BNET shares a good article on the five key facets of quality leadership. And each quality spells F.A.C.E.T. :)

  1. Focus
  2. Authenticity
  3. Courage
  4. Empathy
  5. Timing

Read more about each facet.

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Filed under: Leadership, Quality, Six Sigma References, Team Dynamics

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Innovation of the Week: Toyota’s Brain Control of Wheelchairs

Posted by: meikah | 29 June 2009 | 5:23 pm
sixsig innovation of the week
This week’s innovation story features Toyota. PC World reports:

Researchers in Japan have developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) system that allows for control of a wheelchair using thought.

The system processes brain thought patterns and can turn them into left, right and forward movements of the wheelchair with a delay as short as one-thousandth of a second. That’s a vast improvement over other systems that can take as long as several seconds to analyze and react to the user’s thoughts.

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Filed under: Innovation, Innovation Update, Six Sigma Organizations, Toyota

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IBM Leads the Green Coalition Through Lean Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 25 June 2009 | 8:24 pm

IT Wire reports:

A new alliance led by IBM aims to improve energy, water, waste and greenhouse gas management through interoperability. Green Sigma applies Lean Six Sigma principles and practices to these areas.

IBM is teaming with ABB, Cisco, Eaton, ESS, Honeywell Building Solutions, Johnson Controls, SAP,  Schneider Electric, and Siemens Building Technologies Division to create the Green Sigma Coalition.

The partner companies will work with IBM to integrate their products and services with IBM’s Green Sigma offering, which applies Lean Six Sigma principles and practices to energy, water, waste and greenhouse gas emissions in all operational areas, including transportation, IT systems, manufacturing and distribution, offices, and retail spaces, IBM officials explained.
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It’s good to know that big and successful companies are going into their Green initiatives and are using the principles of Lean and Six Sigma.

Filed under: IBM, Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations, Sustainable Business

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MAG Industrial Automation Systems Receives the Caterpillar Inc. SQEP

Posted by: meikah | 25 June 2009 | 7:50 pm

Quality Magazine reports that MAG Industrial Automation Systems receives the Caterpillar Inc.‘s Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification or SQEP. The award is given to suppliers who demonstrate strong values and ethical principles and a commitment to Caterpillar’s objective to implement a culture for zero-defects among its supply base.

MAG Industrial Automation Systems is a machine tool and systems company. The provide Caterpillar Inc. with products that are of high quality. The reason is of course, the company has a solid Six Sigma program.

As part of a commitment to best practices, MAG has invested heavily in Six Sigma at all of their plants. The MAG Fond du Lac plant was initially invited by Caterpillar to participate in its Six Sigma program in 2002. All MAG employees receive Six Sigma training, and the company currently has eight Black Belts and 115 Green Belts. Through a series of Six Sigma and lean projects, the company worked to develop modular designs that would allow it to build products more quickly while still allowing for the customization that buyers sought.

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Filed under: Caterpillar Inc., MAG Industrial Automation Systems, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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The Data Aspect in Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 25 June 2009 | 6:55 pm

Data is important to your Six Sigma initiative. Thus, if you are thinking of going into Six Sigma, you better learn how to gather and interpret data at the very least.

Oracle put out a white paper titled, Increasing Return on Investment with Data Services.

As the number of applications and platforms generating data increases, so does an organization’s need to give users access to that data through a unified, standard system compatible with multiple interfaces. Oracle Data Service Integrator is a powerful solution that allows organizations to build data services that unify business processes and data for easier use and improved customer service.

Read the white paper now!

Filed under: Data, Data Analysis, Data Quality, Six Sigma, Six Sigma References

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Wordless Wednesday: Boat on Laguna de Bay

Posted by: meikah | 24 June 2009 | 8:55 am
boat on Laguna de Bay
Filed under: General, Wordless Wednesday

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Littelfuse Team Wins the International Team Excellence Competition for Lean/Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 22 June 2009 | 8:28 pm

Techno World reports:

Littelfuse Team Takes silver winner award in international team excellence competition for lean/six sigma process.

A continuous improvement team from the Littelfuse, Inc. manufacturing facility in the hilippines leveraged its Lean/Six Sigma process to garner Silver Winner Award honors at the 2009 nternational Team Excellence Award competition at the World Conference on Quality and Improvement, May 18-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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Filed under: Awards, Electronics, Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Organizations

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Pairing Six Sigma and CMMI

Posted by: meikah | 22 June 2009 | 7:11 pm

Although they both share a focus on quality and customer satisfaction and are designed to accomplish different things, CMMI and Six Sigma can actually work together.

“The two technologies work really well together. Six Sigma wants you to map out your processes (Process Mapping), but it doesn’t actually tell you what the processes should be. CMMI determines the right processes for an organization to start. However, an organization may have to tailor it or add to it to make it work for them. CMMI provides the process backbone that Six Sigma needs,” says Jeannine Siviy, senior member of the technical staff at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute.

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Related post:
Six Sigma Improving CMMI Framework

Filed under: CMMI, Six Sigma, Tools/Toolkits

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The SixSig Roundup

Posted by: meikah | 22 June 2009 | 6:31 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.

Perhaps, in one of his wine-tasting activities, James the Wine Guy asked if Six Sigma was used in making the wine. He got a “yes” answer. Read on…

Over at The Call, Cheryl A. Ficarra, the new finance director of North Smithfield, is excited about her new post, and is anticipating to implement Six Sigma in her line of work. Read on…

Gift Shop features Tony Jacowski who said that asking the right questions is the key to Six Sigma data collection. Read on…

At Lean Manufacturing Online, Tom Smith, shares some insights on how to define the Six Sigma structure. Any major change initiative requires a clearly defined supporting infrastructure to drive the program. Read on…

Agribusiness-Tour shares the contents of the book, The active Managers’ Toolkit. Among the list are the Six Sigma Managers. Read on…

Filed under: General, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Six Sigma News

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