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Lean Manufacturing

Learn to Incorporate the 5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing

With everything that is currently happening, going back to basics seems to be the trend. Whether you have a small, medium or large business, the principles of Lean manufacturing are an essential part of success. Some say it’s common sense, others call it genius either way it is essential and should be used by everyone […]

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Six Sigma Can Help Pivot Your Business

Our current world events have become a record scratch to our economy and everyday existence. Many businesses have had to pivot and do things differently. Let us preface this by saying that many great things in businesses will come out of this temporary inconvenience we are experiencing. If your company has a staff that works […]

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INFOGRAPHIC: 5S Organizational Tool

Now that many of us are working from home, the Six Sigma 5S organizational tool will have a new incarnation as a must-have home office tool. Learning how to work remotely is just as important as being able to work in a company or corporate setting, so naturally the tools should be the same.  The […]

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COVID-19 and Virtual Classroom Training

The news this past week has been surreal as the threat of the COVID-19 virus has been on everyone’s mind. Being concerned is normal, but take heart that you’re already doing everything possible to stay healthy. As an added precaution, staying home has been mandated to discourage getting infected. So, the perfect solution is to […]

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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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How Six Sigma Can Fix High Employee Turnover

One of the biggest problems that many companies face is a high employee turnover. From the company’s viewpoint, they feel that money as well as time has been put into an employee to train and educate, only to disappoint when they turn around and quit. From the employee’s point of view, if things were great, […]

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Infographic: The DMAIC Roadmap

Have you ever had a process problem and can’t figure out what the root cause is, or for that matter, any problem on anything and you can’t figure out the root cause? With the DMAIC template and a few well chosen Six Sigma tools, you can be well on your way to perfection! Check out this […]

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Why Root Cause Analysis Is so Important

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is one of the most important tasks in the world of Six Sigma, because if you don’t stop the issue at its core, that issue or problem will keep happening over and over again. The goal of Root Cause Analysis is to identify the cause of the problem. Once you identify […]

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INFOGRAPHIC: Exploring DMAIC vs DMADV

Both DMAIC and DMADV Six Sigma methodologies are very popular, but each have a different reason for usage. If you already have a product or service and the day-to-day process that is correlated needs fixing, then DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) is your choice.  The DMADV methodology (Define-Measure-Analyze-Design-Verify) is used when you are designing an entirely new product […]

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Learning from the Kobe Bryant Tragedy, What does the data tell us?

Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and multiple friends were killed in a helicopter crash. Any fatal accident is a tragedy, but this one was acutely felt by fans of Bryant and by parents who could identify with the heartbreak of losing a child.  When a shocking event happens, because it was unexpected we look for some […]

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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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7 Wastes of Lean

Infographic: Understanding the 7 Wastes of Lean

Every time you eliminate waste in the day-to-day process to manufacture your product, it increases your profit. It is that simple! The 7 wastes of Lean, listed below, are the main culprits. Transport: Moving products or materials from one location to another adds cost, doesn’t add value, and wastes time. Inventory: Unnecessary inventory of raw […]

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Root Cause Analysis

If you have a recurring problem, the only way to get rid of the problem is by figuring out the root cause of the problem and tackling it at its very core. If the problem is not nipped at its core, it will be a recurring issue that will eventually cut into your profits. Even […]

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Lean IT: Start the New Year With Great Six Sigma Education

Well, we made it to the new year 2020! Why not make it a great year of learning and take a Six Sigma Specialized training class? Our specialized training classes range from Design for Six Sigma programs conducted online or on-site to Minitab training at introductory and advanced levels. These programs are also customizable to […]

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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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Six Sigma: Apply Tools for the New Year

It’s the holiday season, which includes thinking about the pending new year. This is the perfect time to start living more mindfully, meaning spending less money and making your money go further. Here is an easy way to try the magic of Six Sigma for yourself, and start saving money in your business. Get started by […]

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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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Six Sigma: Its Key Elements Are the Secret to Success

Those who believe in Six Sigma know that the genius is in its simplicity. If common sense had a template, it would be known as Six Sigma. That being said, today’s global economy (with the exception of its size) isn’t that much different than your father’s hardware store back in the 1950’s. Good quality is […]

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Kaizen Is a Core Six Sigma Philosophy

Kaizen is all about improving the business as an entire entity. This is done by developing a standardized way of working, which is believed to increase efficiency and eliminate waste. This was used in the Toyota Production System. Lean Six Sigma is focused on the quality of the product, by finding variables that cause errors. […]

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