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Lean Process Improvement

Understanding the Basics – Lean Process Improvement

If we are to understand the basics of Lean process improvement let’s start with a review of the definition of Lean. We can define Lean as a system for developing process improvement that is continuous and has a focus on reducing and eliminating waste. Toyota developed the concept to help with their production operation and […]

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TQM - Business Benefits

Achieve Business Excellence with Total Quality Management (TQM)

If you’re ready to improve your business’ performance, it’s hard not to recommend TQM. However, if you’re unfamiliar with this business methodology, the following will help. What Is TQM? Let’s cover the basics quickly. TQM stands for total quality management. This structured approach offers a comprehensive method for organizational management that focuses on improving the […]

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Lean in with Six Sigma

Lean In: How to Gather Support for Six Sigma in Your Company

Are you prepared to advocate and fully support Lean Six Sigma? If yes, how do you know? If no, how you reach that stage? These questions can be tiresome and their answers difficult to pin down. We’re here to make things easy for you. Today we will help you get ready for Lean Six Sigma (or recognize […]

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World of Gage R & R

The World of Gage R&R (Repeatability & Reproducibility)

Introduction The most complicated thing to understand in any process is ‘variation’ as with variation there are possibilities of uncertainty to be carried in processes. The more the variation, the more uncertain is any process. In engineering and in contemporary administrative practices, the emphasis lies on minimizing variation. For such reason, initiatives are taken to […]

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5S - Beginner's Guide

Explained: 5S Framework – Beginner’s Guide

5S is a methodology that is used in workplaces across the world. The “5S” name comes from the 5 Japanese words that make up the process. The five words are seiri, sieton, seiso, seiketus, and shitsuke. Roughly translated these words stand for sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain. They all describe ways in […]

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Beginner's Guide - VSM

Beginner’s Guide to Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

We look now at the Lean method of Value Stream Mapping (VSM). This is a method where you analyze a current state and design a future state where you look at events from the very beginning of the process to the very end with delivery to the customer. This can involve a product or service. […]

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Kaizen Methods - Beginner's Guide

Understanding Kaizen Methods – Beginner’s Guide

If you have never heard of the Kaizen Methods you might be surprised to learn that it is one of the best ways to live a better, more productive life or business. It has been used for years to help people reach goals once thought unreachable and to bring companies together that were having some […]

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six sigma business failure

Becoming Complacent Is Asking for Business Failure

For the businesses that have adapted to the Six Sigma methodology, branding and positioning their company is simple, because those businesses are reinforcing their core mission and what they stand for every single working day. You might say the Six Sigma methodology should be at the core of every business. When a business takes care […]

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Assemble your Six Sigma Project Team

Get Set: Prepare Your Six Sigma Project Team

This article is the second in our three-part series to help you achieve the best results using Six Sigma. You can read the whole article series here. Now, get set… Our three-part guide will act as the perfect primer on all the important Six Sigma project facts. Today we discuss how to assemble and prepare […]

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DoE - Business Process

How Design of Experiment (DoE) can boost your Business?

Introduction In fast pace digital world where business has gone even more competitive and risky, the need is of predictable strategic methodologies. Design of Experiment (DOE) is one such strategic method that provides strategists a road map to condition their business process. It is a systematic method to improve business activity. How it happens, how […]

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Measurement System Analysis (MSA) - Training

Your Step-by-Step Guide to MSA – Measurement System Analysis

When collecting data from a particular process it essential have a correct measurement system to achieve correct results and conclusions. Measurement System Analysis provides a great tool to ensure the quality of the data collected from a process. MSA – Measurement System Analysis has three purposes: 1. Examine how much of the total observed variability […]

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DoE - Design of Experiments

Step-by-Step Guide to DoE (Design of Experiments)

DOE or Design of experiments helps identify the various factors that affect the productivity and the outcomes of a particular process or a design. The individual influence of the factors as well as the interactive power of these factors to influence the outcome comes to light through an efficient design of experiment. The trial and […]

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MSA - Measurement System Analysis

Business Benefits of MSA – Measurement System Analysis

Let’s look at Measurement System Analysis, and how it fits into continuous process improvements for a business. Since measurements and the collection of data are important to continuous improvement programs, we should have an interest in Measurement System Analysis. We use measurements to guide our decision on improvements and should be interested in the errors […]

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Gage R&R - Gage repeatability and reproducibility

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Gage R&R

Repeatability and reproducibility (R&R) are important factors to consider for manufacturing companies around the world. During an audit, the company’s ability to carry on doing what they usually do is measured to determine if there are any anomalies or problems that need to be addressed. Today, there are numerous software available that enable companies to […]

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Get Planning! Six Sigma is a great tool for project success.

On Your Marks: Planning a Successful Six Sigma Project

This article is the first in our three-part series to help you achieve the best results using Six Sigma. Today we focus on planning a successful Six Sigma project. You can read parts 2 and 3 here. Now, on your marks . . .   If you’re new to Six Sigma, or just want to […]

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Business Benefits of Kaizen

Get Your Business Competitive with Kaizen

Kaizen is an interesting method of improving your life and business. The word is Japanese and roughly translated means continuous change. When you break it down ‘Kai’ means change, and ‘zen’ means good, hence, Kaizen. The method of making your business better with Kaizen might seem strange to someone that has never heard of it, […]

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Understanding Total Quality Management

Understanding the Most Important Elements of Total Quality Management (TQM)

Total Quality Management (TQM) is a management philosophy that strives to achieve the best possible results by centering all business activities and processes on customer satisfaction. Proper TQM implementation involves constant improvement and all members of the particular organization and expected to take part in the process. The main idea behind this approach is that […]

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Business Benefits of Lean Consulting

Big Business Benefits of Lean Consulting

When talking about big business in the context of efficiency, people’s minds often jump to economies of scale. But those are only attainable after all processes have been truly optimized. Unfortunately, the larger the scale, the more managerial manpower a company needs to make sure things run smoothly and margins stay as large as possible. […]

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Soft side of change management

Big Business Benefits of Lean Consulting

Companies think of growth as an end in itself. Rather growth should be a mean towards a larger goal: that of serving the society. With such a noble goal in mind how can companies ignore the slice of society that works for them – their employees? Advocators of change harp on the bliss of information […]

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Guide to Value Stream Mapping

Step-By-Step Guide to VSM – Value Stream Mapping

When people that don’t fully grasp process optimization systems think about the topic, they often mistakenly pay the most attention to cutting out the unneeded parts. Obviously this is a gross oversimplification when it comes to methodologies like Lean Six Sigma, and it places the emphasis on the wrong indicator. The most important goal of […]

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