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Eliminating Waste Through Lean Production

Making sure the production process is Lean is what many successful organizations do. They use the least amount of resources while maximizing output and ensuring that customers get what they asked for well ahead of time. This might sound expensive or a lot of trouble, but if done right, Lean can save an organization a […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Six Sigma Green Belt Projects

Progressing faster through the ranks of Six Sigma requires you to understand the field more deeply, and make certain decisions driven by the motivation to move up. When taking on new projects for your green belt, for example, you’ll want to make sure that you hit certain points hard enough to make a noticeable impact. […]

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How Six Sigma Online Training Enhances Learning Experience

Many professionals recognize the benefits of Six Sigma for their organization and/or their career. They understand that Six Sigma gives them a flexible toolset for improving quality in their organization by eliminating defects and costly errors. For their career, it means they become highly demanded, on top of being able to move on to better […]

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3 Ways Learning Six Sigma Online is Better Than On-Site Learning?

Many people around the world are increasingly using online learning or e-learning to get their Six Sigma certificates. Due to the benefits e-learning provides, even organizations are seeing it as a viable option to empower their workforce with Six Sigma knowledge and skills. But what would make employers consider online learning over on-site learning? Here […]

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Six Sigma Projects: Infrastructure Implementation

Six Sigma has different types of projects that can be conducted. Green Belts and Black Belts usually focus on process improvement projects, which are part of the five Six Sigma projects. The other types of projects are Quick Win, process design, process redesign and, of course, infrastructure implementation. Infrastructure implementation is mostly about ensuring the […]

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Can Six Sigma Help With Software Development?

The DMAIC methodology is at the base of all things Six Sigma. The steps in the methodology are what organizations utilize whenever there is a need for process improvement. This is no different for software development companies, especially in regards to the software development life cycle. The software development cycle as a whole is complex, […]

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Effective Brainstorming With Affinity Diagrams

Brainstorming sessions and the affinity diagram or tree diagram go together well. With it, teams can control the brainstorming process and systemically tackle a recurring issue efficiently and effectively. The tree diagram works by allowing the project team to brainstorm a lot of ideas and group them homogenous into categories. This allows the team to […]

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Using Six Sigma to Prevent Insurance Fraud

People commit insurance fraud, which costs the industry millions. While insurance fraud is hard to detect, with the right tools in place, insurance companies can stay vigilant. This can allow them to be proactive and recognize when fraud is about to happen and stop it before the damage is done. One of the tools that […]

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Important Principles of JIT Manufacturing

How does an organization sell all goods manufactured while lowering costs and increasing customer satisfaction? One of the best ways to achieve this is through just-in-time manufacturing, (JIT). It is a Lean thinking philosophy that focuses on demand-based production, as well as the production of quality products and organization-wide continuous improvement. It is a system […]

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Can Six Sigma Be Used In a Restaurant?

Six Sigma is a methodology that is strongly rooted in reducing waste and increasing the efficiency of processes. When looking at it this way, rather than focusing on its origins in manufacturing, it is easy to see that it can be applied in almost any industry, including the foodservice industry. Indeed restaurant owners can use […]

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kano model

A Brief Intro to the Kano Model

There are many tools that Lean Six Sigma professionals can use for process improvement. You have probably heard of Kaizen, Kanban and Ishikawa, but have you heard of the Kano Model? It helps organizations prioritize customer satisfaction during product development to produce more value for the customer. What is the Kano Model? Simply put, the […]

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Six Sigma Case Study: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Introduction Six Sigma Case Study — U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was looking for improvements in screening methods to gain and maintain cooperation with companies that provide data. Carol Rupley, a field economist at the Bureau, acts as a contact person for companies, non-profits, and state and local governments that […]

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Why YOU Should Become a Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Six Sigma is a methodology that is continuously being adopted the world over. A Master Black Belt (MMB) is the highest and most sought after certification in both the Six Sigma and business worlds. If you’re wondering if becoming an MBB is the right move for you, we will discuss a few reasons why it […]

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Lean Webinars

Lean Webinars: Getting the Fundamentals

As the pandemic has made 2020 a year we could all have done without, it has also shown us that businesses that pivoted did rather well and some even did better. So much better that they even changed the whole dynamic of the industry. We have seen this with companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, […]

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Kaizen – Pursuing Continuous Improvement

Kaizen is a term that you’ll constantly hear in Lean Six Sigma circles. However, not many people know what it means. That is because the term itself does not convey any obvious meaning. One would not be blamed for thinking it is some fancy new process, organization or machine. However, the concept of Kaizen is […]

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green process management

Green Process Management: Invest in the Future

Understanding the meaning of “going green” or green process management has important significance in today’s business world. While many know it’s an important concept, most don’t understand what it really means and how crucial it is to staying relevant in the marketplace. In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle […]

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Lean Six Sigma: The Secret Ingredient Behind It

Regardless of whether you use Lean Six Sigma, there are a couple of “facts” that every gifted business owner knows: Your business runs on two levels — the current processes and preparing for different scenarios of what could happen.      2. The “secret” ingredient is intention. Intention in all that you do This means motion […]

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Six Sigma Online Training: The Secret To Success

You may be used to going to a location for a class, such as a college or university, or maybe a site where classes are conducted on a schedule. You sign up and the day comes and you show up with a “first day of school mindset” and take the class. Most individuals feel that a […]

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DFSS: Designing With Perfection in Six Sigma

It is not a secret that business owners that have products they manufacture are constantly making adjustments. These adjustments are made in the manufacturing or production processes; they may even have to eat part of the profits in refunds because of product or service malfunctions, or failure to meet customer expectations. The kiss of death for […]

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Green Process Management a La Six Sigma

The word “sustainability” has become the word that is going to save the world. It is a new buzzword that everyone talks about, when in actuality it’s what Lean Six Sigma has been promoting all along. How does it do this? By removing waste, cutting down costs, and being inclusive in the workplace. Here at 6sigma.us […]

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