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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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Successfully approach 5S in Lean Six Sigma

How to successfully approach 5S in Lean Six Sigma

5S and Lean Six Sigma are all part of a process to improve the workplace. There are numerous steps to both of these processes, but once you have a full understanding of them you will have a business that is constantly growing and improving. The main factor to remember about both of these methods, as […]

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Eliminate your Muda with Kaizen thinking in Six Sigma

Kaizen: Eliminate Waste and Improve Your Project

Waste is everywhere. It affects countless companies, sometimes without anyone knowing about it. But it doesn’t have to affect your company too. Using Kaizen, you can achieve a state of total waste elimination and process improvement. Today, we will teach you the basics of good waste management and how to eliminate waste. The Types of Waste […]

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Disrupt the Status Quo with Six Sigma

Disrupt the Status Quo: Practical Six Sigma Thinking!

You will find Six Sigma principles the world over. For many businesses, Six Sigma is a highly transformative strategy for process improvement. Using key Six Sigma principles, you can achieve the same for your company. Not only does Six Sigma provide ways by which to bring about improvement, but it can also help disrupt the […]

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5 benefits six sigma implementation

[INFOGRAPHIC] 5 Benefits of Six Sigma Implementation

    The proven record of Six Sigma speaks for itself. There isn’t anything in the Six Sigma methodology that is theoretical. As shown in the below infographic, General Electric saved $12 billion after implementing Six Sigma. Check out the 5 important benefits of Six Sigma implementation: Understanding the Foundation: DMAIC The foundation of the Six […]

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what is Kaizen Philosophy

Kaizen: Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Companies are fluid entities. By default, structure and internal processes fluctuate. It’s how we respond to changes in the marketplace, and it is how we grow a business. However, we shouldn’t look to be happy with the ad-hoc. It is this very quality that is necessary to developing a culture of continuous improvement, or, to […]

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It's tempting to let improvements speed by, but don't lose control!

Six Sigma and DMAIC in Focus: C – Control Your Project

This article is the final part in our series on the principles of Six Sigma, focusing on Control within the DMAIC framework. You can find the rest of our series here. If you’ve stuck with us so far, congratulations! If you’re new… go back and read the rest of this series! We are taking a deep-dive into […]

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Essential to the Improve phase of DMAIC, PDCA is the primary gauge of improvement rollout success.

Six Sigma and DMAIC in Focus: I – Improve Your Six Sigma Project

This article is the fourth part in our series on the principles of Six Sigma, focusing on Improve within the DMAIC framework. You can find the rest of our series here. Day four now sees us approaching the end of our DMAIC in focus series. Today, we will be looking at how to improve ourselves, and our projects, […]

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customer service six sigma voc tool

Great Customer Service is a Signature Six Sigma Move

Back in the day, it was common practice for company staff to make it their business to know every customer by name — or at the very least, learn something special about them. This would be part of the customer service experience, and make the customer feel like part of the family. This created customer […]

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Analyze your project without losing time and motivation!

Six Sigma and DMAIC in Focus: A – Analyze Your Six Sigma Project

This article is the third part in our series on the principles of Six Sigma, focusing on Analyze within the DMAIC framework. You can find the rest of our series here. Day three into our DMAIC in focus series sees us analyzing Analyze. Aside from getting meta, we are going to look at how successful analysis […]

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DMAIC Measure - How to measure the impact of your Six Sigma Project

Six Sigma and DMAIC in Focus: M – Measure Your Six Sigma Project

This article is the second part in our series on the principles of Six Sigma, focusing on Measure within the DMAIC framework. You can find the rest of our series here. Yesterday we started our series on DMAIC in focus with a deep-dive into Define. Today we take a more measured approach and will give you […]

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Define Your Problem with DMAIC

Six Sigma and DMAIC in Focus: D – Define Your Six Sigma Project

This article is the first part in our series on the principles of Six Sigma, focusing on Define within the DMAIC framework. You can find the rest of our series here.   Working in Six Sigma, one of the first things you will hear about is DMAIC. It’s as much a part of the landscape […]

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Unsung Hero Six Sigma Business

Every Business Has an Unsung Hero

Every business that exists has an unsung hero. The employee that gets the work done without being told, who is at work on time and ready to do their best. Unfortunately, many managers and supervisors, in the quest to motivate the staffers that may need motivation, forget those who are really holding down the fort. […]

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Six Sigma Teachers Training Blog

Great Teachers Created by Six Sigma

Everybody assumes if a person knows how to do something, that they can also teach it. This is true if we are dealing with a manual activity, such as cleaning a dog kennel or mowing a lawn. But for tasks that are more intricate, such as learning algebra or training a person to teach others, […]

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