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Lean — The 8 Wastes

Taiichi Ohno — a Japanese Industrial Engineer, was known as the father of the Toyota Production System. While searching for better ways to optimize resources, Ohno identified 7 lean wastes (Muda in Japanese) in manufacturing processes (the 8th waste was added in the 90s). The 8 wastes are known as TIMWOODS — Transportation Inventory Motion […]

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Understanding Lean and its Benefits

During the 90s, Toyota’s business value was half of General Motors and 2/3rds of Ford. Today, Toyota boasts more than 50% of revenue than General Motors and Ford. An interesting fact to learn here is that Toyota today is valued more than GM, Ford and Honda combined. So, the question arises, what went different? A […]

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The Importance of Lean IT and Its Benefits

For teams to succeed, whether in manufacturing or information technology (IT), there needs to be continuous improvement. Teams need to focus on small changes that add up to big improvements that, ultimately, lead to customer satisfaction. This is where Lean comes in, with the tool and techniques necessary for teams to improve not only business […]

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4 Lean Methodology Tools Every Everyone Should Know

When it comes to getting rid of waste in a process, the Lean methodology is one of the top go-to methods for achieving this. Its tools are usually utilized in live production environments to improve the efficiency of business processes. And when one is taking a course in Lean, they will be taught how to […]

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Eliminating Waste Through Lean Production

Making sure the production process is Lean is what many successful organizations do. They use the least amount of resources while maximizing output and ensuring that customers get what they asked for well ahead of time. This might sound expensive or a lot of trouble, but if done right, Lean can save an organization a […]

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Lean Webinars: Getting the Fundamentals

As the pandemic has made 2020 a year we could all have done without, it has also shown us that businesses that pivoted did rather well and some even did better. So much better that they even changed the whole dynamic of the industry. We have seen this with companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, […]

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Lean Six Sigma: The Secret Ingredient Behind It

Regardless of whether you use Lean Six Sigma, there are a couple of “facts” that every gifted business owner knows: Your business runs on two levels — the current processes and preparing for different scenarios of what could happen.      2. The “secret” ingredient is intention. Intention in all that you do This means motion […]

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Lean Training for the Real World and It’s Virtual!

If you are a doubting Thomas or Tammy and don’t think that you can get real-world training online, well you haven’t seen what we have to offer in our virtual classroom training! Let’s take a look at our Lean Six Sigma training. We offer three levels of Lean training. You can sign up for all […]

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Lean in with Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma: Celebrating the Methodology

When you think about Lean and Six Sigma as separate entities, it is easy to see how they fit together like a glove. Many feel that Lean and Six Sigma are saying the same thing in different ways. No, the similarity that they both share is in that they have the same goal, which is […]

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Why Not Put More “Lean” Into Your Life?

So what do we mean by this? Well, let’s first break down the general difference between Lean and Six Sigma. Six Sigma focuses on variation reduction and uses more technical means such as data analysis, statistical techniques, and testing based on a working hypothesis or accepted as highly probable with regards to the established facts […]

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5S: The Perfect Tool to Organize at Work and at Home

Let’s face it, the workplace is where disorganization is born. With its many incarnations, it is like a bad weed that keeps poking its ugly head. The Lean Six Sigma 5S tool is the best defense against this horrible little villain!   The reason disorganization keeps happening is because you can make everything neat and tidy, […]

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Our Picks for the Top 5 Six Sigma Blog Posts of 2020

This year has been a very eventful year, and has taught us some difficult and valuable  lessons. So we picked the top five blogs we felt were best to reflect or ponder on how we can make sense of them. We lost Jack Welch who gave us Six Sigma — his belief is his secret […]

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So Which Is It — DMAIC or DMADV?

Many businesses are using this time, with stay-at-home measures in place, to improve their organizations or revamp their business day-to-day processes. This brings us to the Six Sigma DMAIC & DMADV templates. These two templates serve two different but very important functions. Let’s say that your current process is producing a defect in your product. In […]

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Six Sigma Is the Silver Lining to Your Business During COVID-19

How would you like to increase the productivity of your business? Improve the quality of the products or services that your business manufactures? Maybe you’d like to increase your overall customer satisfaction? Or perhaps you’re interested in team building and effective communication among your team members? Well, now is the time to get started since […]

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Paying Tribute to Six Sigma Advocate Jack Welch

Six Sigma lost its biggest champion and advocate, Jack Welch, who died this month. When Welch brought Six Sigma into General Electric, this would change history. Although there were earlier versions of Six Sigma used at companies such as Motorola, it wasn’t until Welch brought Six Sigma methodologies to General Electric that the world became […]

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Breaking Down the Analyze Phase

In order to analyze, you must have the data so that you can find out what isn’t working and how it is affecting the process so that it can be fixed. If accurate data collecting is part of the routine, then chances are fixing a process will be either non-existent or an easier fix. The […]

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Important Six Sigma Information That You’ll Always Need

When we speak of Six Sigma objectives, it is important to identify the overall objectives and then name the factors that go into them. So it would go as follows: The Six Sigma Objectives Overall Business Improvement: How can your business improve and get better? Eliminating defects and variables: Any inconsistencies in the product or […]

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Let’s Reflect on Six Sigma Methodologies

As we welcome the new year, it is time to reflect on what we have come to learn about Six Sigma. We have learned that Six Sigma methodologies work great on personal improvements, such as time management. Having enough time to get things done is akin to having enough money to do the things we […]

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Word on the Street About FMEA

FMEA stands for Failure Modes and Effects Analysis. This great Six Sigma tool or template is a method which will call out possible failures and their impact in a product or process design. This template is used during the concept development or design of a product. Taking the time to use this Six Sigma template […]

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Get Lean In Honolulu…Lean Six Sigma That Is!

Honolulu is a dream destination, and we paired it up with the dream class to learn and get started with Lean Six Sigma! You will meet other like-minded individuals who are serious about their careers and businesses. In today’s fluctuating economy, you can’t afford not to have Lean Six Sigma in your corner. We are […]

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