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Forget Goal-Setting Journals and Use DMAIC for Achieving Your Goals

Whether you are wanting to achieve a goal, change a habit or improve your existing conditions, let Six Sigma’s very own DMAIC template save you money, time and most of all, make you successful at achieving your goals. The main reason most goal journals don’t work is because the hard data isn’t part of their […]

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Kaizen Made Simple For Home Use

Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy that helps achieve incredible changes by using small continuous improvements until the desired results are achieved. Kaizen is an honorary addition to Six Sigma, but not actually Six Sigma. However, Kaizen’s basic principles are very much that of Six Sigma, so they actually belong with the Six Sigma methodologies.  Kaizen […]

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Keeping the Economy Strong: Happy Labor Day!

Enjoyment of  your work is another way to celebrate Labor Day all year round. The reason we celebrate Labor Day is to pay tribute to the laborers of all industries. It is their hard work that has made the American economy strong and prosper into the current state it is today. We at 6Sigma.us honor […]

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Six Sigma Methodologies Are Perfect for Our Education System

When thinking about the one industry could benefit the most out of Lean Six Sigma tools and templates, the winner would have to be the public school system. Literally, you can pick a public school district out of a hat, and (with the exception of a few), probably find rising costs, outdated protocols, ineffective existing […]

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Differences Between Six Sigma Process Map & Lean SS VSM

In the world of Six Sigma and Lean, the difference between Value Stream Mapping and the Process Map has been often discussed. This topic has been talked and written about at length, and still people get both confused. So this week, we are going to clear this confusion up once and for all, hopefully! First, let’s […]

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INFOGRAPHIC: The DMAIC Roadmap

Whether you are trying to remove waste from a process, or trying to find out what exactly needs to be improved in a process, the DMAIC template is your secret sauce. This roadmap is simple to use, along with some added tools such as process mapping, the 5 Whys and the Cause and Effect Diagram/Fishbone […]

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Control Charts, DMAIC and the Level Six in Six Sigma

Control charts are a very important tool if you are to successfully implement Six Sigma in your business or organization. This visual is great because it puts everything in the form of a graphic so that you can compare through tracking a process input or an output over time. Since there are different types of […]

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Lean Toward Perfection For Greater Value

Do you practice the five key principles of Lean manufacturing at your organization? The concept is simple to understand: only do what is necessary to bring value to your product or service.  Here we break down the five principles in their most basic form: Value: This is determined by your customer and how much money […]

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Examining the Connection Between DMADV and SMART Goals

While we usually examine DMAIC vs. DMADV here in our Six Sigma blog, we would like to show the similarities here to another methodology often seen in the business world, known as the SMART goal template, and show there is a correlation that’s just too obvious not to compare. What is the SMART goal template? […]

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The Survey Says…

We all know about the history of Six Sigma and the great alliances such as Robert Galvin and Motorola, as well as Jack Welch with General Electric (GE). Were these marriages between man and a large company an anomaly that can’t be replicated, or does the magic of Six Sigma still happen and is something […]

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Online Marketing Made Easy with DMAIC

Using Six Sigma methodologies to expand your online marketing efforts is sheer genius. Let’s apply the DMAIC template for this task. First, let’s go over what Six Sigma is known for. Six Sigma uses verifiable data, analytics, and just about any clear cut information that represents measurement of the current state of affairs to back […]

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Celebrating our Military and Six Sigma this Independence Day

The 4th of July and our independence brings up the thought of our military and the men and women who fought for our freedom. Since we have one of the strongest armed forces in the world, it would make sense to learn that our military uses Lean and Six Sigma processes to improve the efficiency […]

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Consistency Breeds Perfection In Business

Six Sigma methodologies focus on improving processes by reducing waste and defects. So in the world of Six Sigma, is multitasking considered bad?  Well it depends. If the computer you are using has a program that is able to execute a few jobs at once, then the answer is no. The reason for this is […]

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Using the Lean Six Sigma 5S Tool for Maintenance

Let’s face it, having a neat clean and organized workspace makes work easier and a pleasure. The same can be said for any home closet or home office. The best prevention and defense tool to make a perfectly organized and clean space is none other than the Lean Six Sigma 5S tool. A Quick Review […]

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For Process Improvement, Call Six Sigma

Process improvement is vital for any business in any industry. Since change is a constant, we want to continually improve the quality and standards of not only our products, but also how we run the day-to-day tasks to create those products or services. Six Sigma methodologies using the DMAIC have certain tools that are easy to […]

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Six Sigma: It’s About Value to the Customer

One of Six Sigma’s core beliefs is to do away with any waste. This means if it doesn’t bring value to your product or service, it is waste. So let us shed light on Non-value added processing in Six Sigma.  Depending on the industry your business is serving, non-value added processing can be anything from […]

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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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