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SMED: The Answer to Reducing Changeover Time

SMED stands for Single Minute Exchange of Dies, and is primarily used for reducing changeover time from one product to another in manufacturing.  However, its use is not limited to manufacturing. It can be used in reducing the changeover time in operating rooms and restaurants. In the video linked at the end of this article, [...]

The RACI Chart Simply Explained

RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed. The RACI Chart’s purpose is to make sure every task gets performed by the person responsible, and there is an accountable decision maker for that task who will be called out if the task does not get done. Then there are those who must be consulted and [...]

The SIPOC Diagram: Simply Explained

A SIPOC diagram is the first step on the way to a process map.  As you know, SIPOC stands for: Supplier, Inputs, Process, Outputs, Customers.  Much has been written about making a SIPOC, and there are many YouTube video examples. However, some of them do not use realistic examples. And in some cases, they give [...]

5S: The Incredibly Useful and Easily Applied Lean Tool

What is 5S? 5S is a systematic process for creating an orderly environment that is easily maintained, whether it is in the workplace or in your personal life. Hiroyuki Hirano is responsible for developing 5S as part of his system for production. In his book, 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace, Hirano says: “A company [...]

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The Value of Six Sigma in Bank Loan Processing

Six Sigma methodology has transformed many industries, helping them achieve new heights. The methodology can help a business continuously strive for excellence in all its endeavors and processes. It does so by providing the tools to identify bottlenecks and the ways to remove those for maximal efficiency. The methodology improves quality and minimizes the variability [...]

What is Process Mapping?

Process mapping is a technique which is used in the Six Sigma methodology. The tool allows the user to visualize the steps that are involved in any given process or activity. In simple terms, Six Sigma process mapping is a flowchart that illustrates all the inputs, steps, and outputs in a process. It is important [...]

Six Sigma, Lean, and Agile: Understanding the Connection and Benefitting from It

At the outset, it might seem that the Six Sigma, Lean, and Agile methodologies are all quite different from each other. True, they are all powerful techniques to increase process efficiency in industries. However, they are actually connected in ways you might not have realized. While the core idea of the Lean philosophy is to [...]

Brainstorming: Is it Still Useful?

Brainstorming is a popular way for generating ideas. Organizations and groups use the technique to produce creative alternatives. When conducted properly, participants particularly enjoy the activity and actively contribute. The process moves rapidly and is ideal for gathering a large number of ideas in a short time. In recent years, however, many experts have criticized [...]

Setting Performance Standards with VOC and Customer Data

It is important for businesses to place a lot of importance on understanding the needs of their customers. It is in this regard that the Voice of the Customer (VoC) and customer data are crucial. Top-notch companies like Zappos, Southwest Airlines, USAA, and Nordstrom relentlessly focus on the needs of the customer. The VoC and [...]

Welcome to ISSSP: International Society of Six Sigma Professionals

It’s a new beginning for the International Society of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSSP), and you will play a bigger part than ever before. We are reestablishing ISSSP as a non-profit organization. Our focus is to improve the Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement and Change Management professions. As a non-profit, we want to ensure that Lean [...]