Six Sigma Companies News: Southcoast Health System Saves $20M Without Layoffs


Posted by: meikah | 28 October 2010 | 12:31 am

news on Six Sigma companies

Here’s another edition of Six Sigma Companies News.

Southcoast Health System–a three-hospital system based in New Bedford, Mass.–has saved $20 million since it began implementing Lean Six Sigma in January 2009, the New England Business Bulletin reports. The savings are “well over” the amount invested, Patrick Gannon, vice president and chief quality officer for Southcoast Hospitals Group, told the Bulletin.

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Filed under: Healthcare, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Six Sigma News, Six Sigma Organizations

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4 Qualities That Identify a Successful Six Sigma Belt Candidate


Posted by: meikah | 27 October 2010 | 11:54 pm

When you launch a Six Sigma initiative, you would survey your people and form a Six Sigma team. Of course, in so doing, you check out every employee and his potentials to carry on with a Six Sigma project.

Over at SixSigmaiQ, Robert Stapp shares four qualities that identify a successful Six Sigma Belt candidate.
  1. Learning Ability. A candidate must be able to understand instructions and underlying principles with the ability to reason and make sound decisions possessing an analytical mindset.
  2. Leadership. A candidate must demonstrate leadership in a team environment with the ability to mentor team members to achieve a level of knowledge that fosters cultural growth and individual project success.
  3. Desire. A candidate must possess the trait of motivation that has been demonstrated in past performance.
  4. Determination. A candidate must devote full strength and concentrate attention to achieving results in the short and long term.
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Filed under: Deployment, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Jobs, Six Sigma Team

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Podcast: How Lean Six Sigma Gets Organization to Listen to its Customers


Posted by: meikah | 22 October 2010 | 1:34 am

SixSigmaiQ puts out this podcast featuring David Haigh.

About the Podcast

David Haigh, Process Excellence Manager at Johnson & Johnson, speaks about how Lean Six Sigma can get your organization to listen to its customer and separate work from waste. In addition, Haigh shares some of his dashboards knowledge that he will be presenting at the upcoming IQPC 6th Annual Lean Six Sigma and Process Improvement Summit in Toronto, Canada, from February 22-24, 2010.

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Filed under: Events/Announcements, IQPC, Six Sigma, Six Sigma iQ, Six Sigma Podcast, Six Sigma References

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Lean Six Sigma Remains Strong in Manufacturing


Posted by: meikah | 22 October 2010 | 12:53 am

According to a recent study,  the deployment of Lean and Six Sigma methods remains strong in the manufacturing sector.

Check out the table below.

Continuous Improvement Methods Used by Manufacturers

Method/Tool 2009 2010
5S 67.6% 69.2%
Six Sigma 58.5% 58.6%
Kaizen 57.9% 55.7%
Value stream mapping 46.6% 47.3%
Kanban 43.5% 40.6%
Takt time analysis 24.6% 22.1%
Other 5.7% 6.1%

Source: Compdata Surveys, 2010

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Filed under: Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma

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DMAIC and Lean Six Sigma Buy-In


Posted by: meikah | 11 October 2010 | 3:13 am

An article on iSixSigma discusses the use of DMAIC model to overcome resistance to Lean Six Sigma implementation.

The DMAIC model actually create and support Lean Six Sigma initiatives by:
  • Eliminating uncertainty. Resistance often springs from not understanding what the project is for. But at the Define stage of DMAIC, the overall purpose of the project can already be established
  • Agreeing on the “As Is.” Another resistance is that people don’t understand the process itself, and how it works. This can be addressed by the Measure phase of DMAIC by presenting the “as is” picture. How the current process is working and how it can work after the improvement.
  • Pointing Toward Solutions. The Analyze phase of DMAIC touches on the root cause, correlation, variation and impact of the project. This key information helps people get a clear picture of what should be done and see the potential solutions.
  • Adding Options for Solutions. In the Improve phase, the solutions are seen as valuable to the organization.
  • Sustaining Improvements. People often think of a new activity as a flash in the pan and thus get suspicious. But the Control phase answers this concern. This phase presents sustainability models in palce and are easy to use and explain.
Filed under: DMAIC, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma

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