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[Infographic] Key Principles of Lean Manufacturing

In Lean Six Sigma, it is all about the customer. They define the quality they expect from your product or service. The day-to-day processes should only consist of what brings value to your product or service, and that is determined by your customer.  Remember, anything that doesn’t bring value to your product or service is […]

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Kanban Reduces Overhead Expenses

In running a successful manufacturing business, making a profit and offering great prices for high-quality products can be a balancing act. In fact, it may seem like you’re being pulled in many different directions just to keep up! One way to keep costs down while still producing what you need is by using Kanban practices.  […]

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DFM: The High Cost of Manufacturing Can Be Solved

When designing a new product, you might get caught up in the excitement of the possibilities of the success of the product, so much so that using the Six Sigma template for Design for Manufacturing (DFM) might not have caught your eye. Yet, it should be the very first place you go before you start […]

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Tesla is Lean Six Sigma at Its Finest

The future of Six Sigma is here! Who knew it would come in the form of robots working at Tesla’s production line? It takes Tesla three days to build a car, starting from raw materials — to finishing the very last detail. They seem to practice the Kaizen system of constant improvements. According to Gilbert […]

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DFM: Designing with Simplicity in Mind

The primary goal of Six Sigma is to improve what already exists. We want to work more efficiently and effectively, by eliminating waste, increasing customer satisfaction, which will ultimately generate more profits. So what if you want to design a product that has cost effectiveness already built in?  Here is an interesting statistic — about […]

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Practicing Due Diligence: Signs of a Legitimate Professional

When searching for your first, or next, Six Sigma course, it’s important to be on the lookout for illegitimate practitioners. These practitioners may talk you in to paying more for a course than you should, falsely advertise their program, or fall through on their certification promises. Regardless of the reason, there will always be a […]

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Practicing Due Diligence: Signs of a Legitimate Practitioner

At 6sigma.us, we focus on providing the absolute best training and certification programs to professionals in all industries. Whether you’re in marketing, finance, manufacturing, or logistics, our programs will benefit your career and your organization. We have spent our time helping you decipher the legitimate practitioners apart from the phonies. We do this by focusing […]

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Six Sigma and KPI’s: Waste Reduction Rate

One of the core philosophies behind Six Sigma is waste reduction. This idea results from improving your organization’s efficiency and deterring production and manufacturing errors. However, simply saying that you wish to reduce waste can be a rather broad term. To help with this, we will introduce you to a simple KPI that measures your […]

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Training & Life: When to Start Your Course

No matter what industry you work in, at some point, gaining Six Sigma certification will be highly beneficial to your career. Although it’s mostly common for professionals in manufacturing and production to enroll in training, countless other industries are now expecting their employees to have a basic understanding of Six Sigma. So, when is it […]

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Overview: Short & Long-Term Benefits from Six Sigma Green Belt Training

As a young professional, you may be considering enrolling in a Six Sigma training program. Like most, you may be wondering what you can gain from the different certifications and courses. Regardless of your current certification or education level, achieving a Six Sigma certificate is an excellent way to fast track your career. However, it […]

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Due Diligence: Fact Checking your Practitioners

It’s the middle of the summer and you’re probably strategizing what’s next for your career come the end of August. Whether you are a recent college graduate, or just looking for new career opportunities, enrolling in a Six Sigma training program is a great way to gain valuable skills that will set you apart from […]

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Six Sigma Case Study: Starbucks

In a matter of 40 years, Starbucks has gone from a stand-alone shop in Seattle to the largest coffeehouse chain in the world. No matter where you live, chances are you can find a nearby location, full with coffee enthusiasts and aficionados, alike. When entering a Starbucks, customers experience a sophisticated atmosphere. The combination of […]

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Six Sigma and Business Analytics: Lean Six Sigma Analytics

Improving processes with Lean Six Sigma is no easy task; it takes hard work and smart thinking. When implementing Lean Six Sigma, always remember that teamwork is key to solving problems. This is true in all industries, from call centers to software development to manufacturing. It is especially true of the latter. But how do […]

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Six Sigma and Business Analytics: Value Driver Analytics

What is value driver analytics? It is, in basic terms, an assessment and investigation of the usefulness of your business’s value drivers. Ask yourself, where is your business headed? Most businesses tend to know where they’re going and what they want to achieve. However, it can often be difficult to strategize to best your utilize […]

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5 Ways a Six Sigma Governing Body Would Deter Fake Practitioners

It’s one thing to say Six Sigma is in need of a governing body, but it’s another to say how it would function in practice. All we can do at this stage is speculate on what would make an ideal governing body. We should first ask what we want from one. What should it do […]

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Six Sigma Leadership Profile: Mark Cuban

There’s more to Mark Cuban than just owning the Mavericks. Mark Cuban is many things. Businessman, TV personality, author, investor, philanthropist, to name a few. Most people know him from the popular ABC show Shark Tank in which he is one of the ‘shark’ investors. Fact, Cuban has invested close to $20 million throughout his […]

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Six Sigma Case Study: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Since the deregulation of airlines in the United States in the 1970’s, we have witnessed countless mergers, take-overs, and joint ventures form. From TWA and American Airlines to United and Continental, airlines seem to continuously fold into one another. However, one airline continues to be a true inspiration of endurance and stability. Across the pond, […]

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Six Sigma and KPI’s: Return on Innovation Investment

Of course, most professionals are familiar with Return on Investment. Yet, another more insightful key performance indicator is your Return on Innovation Investment (ROII). Most companies and organizations invest a percentage each year into innovations. However, what is your return on these investments? In this article, we will analyze ROII, what it is, and why […]

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Six Sigma and KPI’s: Klout Score

Each day, new companies, organizations, and individuals join the online community of social media. Over the past decade, social media has completely revamped how we conduct business and gain traction. In the past, you would advertise on billboards and in magazines at high costs. Now, you can advertise your organization at nearly no cost and […]

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Six Sigma Case Study: Netflix

Who doesn’t love Netflix? The ability to watch countless hours of TV shows and movies has single handily revamped the entertainment industry. Where becoming a blockbuster at the movie theater used to the goal, it’s now scoring a production contract with Netflix. While the entertainment company has become a huge success over the past decade, […]

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