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Forget Goal-Setting Journals and Use DMAIC for Achieving Your Goals

Whether you are wanting to achieve a goal, change a habit or improve your existing conditions, let Six Sigma’s very own DMAIC template save you money, time and most of all, make you successful at achieving your goals. The main reason most goal journals don’t work is because the hard data isn’t part of their […]

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Differences Between Six Sigma Process Map & Lean SS VSM

In the world of Six Sigma and Lean, the difference between Value Stream Mapping and the Process Map has been often discussed. This topic has been talked and written about at length, and still people get both confused. So this week, we are going to clear this confusion up once and for all, hopefully! First, let’s […]

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Control Charts, DMAIC and the Level Six in Six Sigma

Control charts are a very important tool if you are to successfully implement Six Sigma in your business or organization. This visual is great because it puts everything in the form of a graphic so that you can compare through tracking a process input or an output over time. Since there are different types of […]

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Examining the Connection Between DMADV and SMART Goals

While we usually examine DMAIC vs. DMADV here in our Six Sigma blog, we would like to show the similarities here to another methodology often seen in the business world, known as the SMART goal template, and show there is a correlation that’s just too obvious not to compare. What is the SMART goal template? […]

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The Survey Says…

We all know about the history of Six Sigma and the great alliances such as Robert Galvin and Motorola, as well as Jack Welch with General Electric (GE). Were these marriages between man and a large company an anomaly that can’t be replicated, or does the magic of Six Sigma still happen and is something […]

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Consistency Breeds Perfection In Business

Six Sigma methodologies focus on improving processes by reducing waste and defects. So in the world of Six Sigma, is multitasking considered bad?  Well it depends. If the computer you are using has a program that is able to execute a few jobs at once, then the answer is no. The reason for this is […]

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Using the Lean Six Sigma 5S Tool for Maintenance

Let’s face it, having a neat clean and organized workspace makes work easier and a pleasure. The same can be said for any home closet or home office. The best prevention and defense tool to make a perfectly organized and clean space is none other than the Lean Six Sigma 5S tool. A Quick Review […]

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Six Sigma: It’s About Value to the Customer

One of Six Sigma’s core beliefs is to do away with any waste. This means if it doesn’t bring value to your product or service, it is waste. So let us shed light on Non-value added processing in Six Sigma.  Depending on the industry your business is serving, non-value added processing can be anything from […]

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[Infographic] 7 Wastes of Lean

You might as well call them the 7 deadly sins of waste! Here in this infographic we’ve outlined the 7 wastes of Lean: Overproduction: although its intention comes from a place of optimism, it is a huge waste. Overproduction is very costly, both in revenue and storage, and also makes it very difficult to notice […]

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What Makes the Perfect Six Sigma Project Champion?

Have you ever had a manager at work who made things just run smoothly, with everyone doing their job, following protocol and keeping up a great attitude? If you were lucky enough to experience this euphoria, then you were in the presence of what it takes to be a Six Sigma Champion.  The determination and […]

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Six Sigma Timeline History: Made by Design

The genius of Six Sigma is the product of a having a great lineage. Eli Whitney and Henry Ford were motivated by efficiency, doing more in less time. Whitney gave us the uniformity system, and Ford gave us the automotive assembly line. The use of machinery made better use of time by producing more in […]

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Kaizen Events for Serious, Fast Improvements

So let’s say that your business has a lot of issues that need fixing. So you may be considering having a Kaizen event. Well, this is a great idea because having a Kaizen event is the quickest way to improve processes that are sluggish, just as long as the improvements are within the scope of […]

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Kanban Boards Have Their Own Process

The beauty of Six Sigma methodology and Lean Six Sigma tools are their simplicity and versatility. Today, let’s talk about kanban boards. Originally created by Taiichi Ohno for Toyota in the 1940’s, kanban boards help visualize the current work in progress. The kanban board physically can be a simple white board with post-it sticky notes […]

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The PDCA Cycle as Part of the Continuous Improvement Process

There are many great tools and templates used in Six Sigma, and today we are going to spend a little time with PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act). PDCA is a template or cycle used for problem solving. W. Edwards Deming originally created PDCA way back in the 1950s, and his intentions were to use PDCA with a continuous […]

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DFSS Methodologies Create Change for the Better

The genius of Six Sigma DMAIC is that you use it to improve on existing processes on products or services that already exist, so that what is being done in the existing processes is bringing value to the product or service, therefore meeting the customer’s requirements. More specifically, Six Sigma DMAIC is a structured methodology […]

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Getting to the Root of the Cause in Six Sigma

When we have a problem or issue, we need to get to the root of that problem, otherwise that problem won’t go away. The specific problem will keep happening, because like a bad weed, it will keep popping its ugly, annoying head up and cause the same issue. Root cause analysis (RCA) is a specific technique […]

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Lean Six Sigma A3 Process Keeps Problem Solving Organized

When problem solving, staying in an organized systematic path is extremely important, otherwise new issues could arise. That’s why the Lean Six Sigma approach called A3 is so genius. Basically, the A3 process is a structured template for solving problems in a continuous matter. The A3 approach is also known as SPS, which stands for […]

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DFSS Provides Structure While Creating

Here’s a basic overview of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) and when it’s used. DFSS is used when you want to create a new product, service or process. After reviewing your current existing product, service, or process, you realize that process making improvements still won’t close the gap of what is required by your customer […]

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You Can Buy More Time by Using Six Sigma’s DMAIC

Believe it or not, there is a way of prioritizing tasks that is considered correct, meaning there isn’t idle or wasted time from one task to the next. Each task is layered on top of the previous one, with the end resulting in a well-constructed process for your business. Is it possible to run your […]

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Branding Is the Essence of Your Business

Establishing a strong brand is one of the most important things you can do for your business. But what is branding? By definition, it is the practice of creating a name, symbol or logo that for a product or service, creating an image in the consumer’s mind. A strong brand should differentiate a product or service […]

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