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Memorial Day: We Honor All Who Contributed Enormously

In the spirit of Memorial Day weekend, we at 6sigma.us would like to deviate from our regular format and take time to honor those have passed on. Because of their efforts, our world is that much better. In the United States, Memorial Day is a holiday to honor all of those who died while serving […]

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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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Tesla is Lean Six Sigma at Its Finest

The future of Six Sigma is here! Who knew it would come in the form of robots working at Tesla’s production line? It takes Tesla three days to build a car, starting from raw materials — to finishing the very last detail. They seem to practice the Kaizen system of constant improvements. According to Gilbert […]

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Six Sigma Motivates and Inspires Company Staff

There are many ways businesses have tried to motivate company staff members. If administration is now noticing that their staff is unmotivated, chances are they have been feeling this way for awhile and may be ready to quit. Without an engaged workforce, your company may slowly start to diminish, and customer complaints and dissatisfaction will start […]

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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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The Importance of the Project Charter

The quest of Six Sigma is to get as close to perfection as possible, which is 99.99966%. So to achieve this level of perfection, we take a detailed, specific and data-driven approach to tasks.  There are great tools to help achieve this. These tools help lay out the groundwork by forming a nice template to […]

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What Will Kaizen Be like in 100 Years?

As with any great system of operations or technique of processes, it advances and evolves on its own. Kaizen is one of those simple miracles that actually implements its own technique automatically. So what will be the state of Kaizen in 100 years? As we all know, kaizen is a Japanese word which means “change […]

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In Lean Six Sigma, Pull Don’t Push

One of the great Lean Six Sigma strategies that had its origins based in the Toyota Production System (TPS) is the pull system. The pull system is used to cut down on waste in the production or manufacturing processes. In other words, only make enough product to fulfill the customer’s demand. What are the benefits […]

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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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Spring Cleaning Fancies Lean Six Sigma 5S

There is something awe-aspiring about having a home and garage that is neat and clean. It goes beyond having a beautiful or expensive home; it actually brings more value to who you are as an individual or a family. As an individual, it says you take pride in your home, and as a family it […]

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Critical to Quality (CTQ) is in the Six Sigma DNA

Critical to Quality, or CTQ, is a very important tool when designing a new product or service for your business. CTQs are the measurable data that is needed on a product or service that your customers have specified as being a very important requirement. The reason for this? CTQs will dictate the processes involved, the […]

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Voice of the Customer (VOC): Because Your Customer Is Your Top Priority

Have you ever been on websites such as Yelp, Google, or HomeAdvisor? Well, these websites are all fall under the umbrella of VOC, or Voice of the Customer. This is how important VOC has become to future consumers. Unfortunately, you don’t want to find out that your business doesn’t add up by looking on Yelp […]

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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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Six Sigma Tools Used in the Improve Phase of DMAIC

Today, we are going to go over some great Six Sigma tools we can use in the Improve phase of Six Sigma’s DMAIC process. The Improve phase is very important because here is when you can brainstorm solutions to find which ones are the best and then implement them to solve the issue. The Improve […]

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5S, One of Lean Six Sigma’s Finest Tools

Six Sigma has many tools that will work to improve production and efficiency in any type of business. Today, we are going to highlight the 5S tool and why it is so important. The 5S tool is a great system for handling workplace organization. This tool has a step-by-step template that is easy to follow […]

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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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Human Resources Can Create a Successful Six Sigma Environment

Since Six Sigma is an all out team effort, it is extremely important to have the right candidates creating those teams. Let’s assume that we have an excellent staff already, but we need to increase our manpower due to turnover. This is when the duties of human resources become extremely important to get the company […]

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