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Six Sigma Project Identification and Selection

It is vitally important for an organization to have the proper projects identified and selected so there is no lack of continuous improvement projects. How does your organization generate doable projects? We’ll hear from three experts on Six Sigma project identification and selection. First, Paul Allen, Lean Six Sigma consultant of Allen and Partners Limited, discusses [...]

Shoe Manufacturing and Six Sigma

As a series of manufacturing steps, shoe making should be a perfect application for Six Sigma methods. We’ll explore two applications of Six Sigma in shoe manufacturing, one in Indonesia and the other in Bangladesh. In an article titled Improving Quality of Shoe Soles Product using Six Sigma the authors Athalia Jesslyn Wijaya, Wildan Trusajis, [...]

Beyond the 5 Whys

We’re all familiar with the 5 Whys as a path for root cause analysis. But is it enough? What’s beyond the 5 Whys? Are there times they shouldn’t be used? Are there other alternatives? We’ll explore those questions and provide answers from experts. First, Paul Allen, Lean Six Sigma consultant of Allen and Partners Limited, [...]

First Time Yield and Rolled Throughput Yield

First Time Yield and Rolled Throughput Yield are two important standard yield metrics for processes.  First Time Yield (FTY):  The ratio of the number of good “units” coming out of the process to the number of “units” going in. Rolled Throughput Yield (RTY): The probability that the process produces a good “unit” the first time [...]

Lean Six Sigma in Paper Manufacturing

We will look at two examples of Lean Six Sigma applied to paper manufacturing. First to generic papermaking, and second to producing baby diapers. In a paper titled “An Application of Customized Lean Six Sigma to Enhance Productivity at a Paper Manufacturing Company” Nabeel Mandahawia, Rami H. Fouad, and Suleiman Obeidata present a process improvement [...]

Quantifying Six Sigma Project Benefits

Valuing Six Sigma project benefits is important for prioritizing projects, assigning resources, and reporting to management. What are some guidelines for quantifying project benefits when there are tangible (hard) and non-tangible (soft) business impacts? What is the role of the finance department? We will address these topics through a presentation from Matt Hansen, Founder and [...]

Lean and Human Resources

We can speak of Lean and human resources in two related paths: The role of HR in Lean deployment and Lean principles applied to improving HR. We will address both. First, let’s look at the role of human resources in Lean deployment. Mike Hoseus – Executive Director of Center for Quality People and Organizations, Inc. [...]

The Last Planner System and Pull Planning

In a recent blog titled Lean and Six Sigma in Construction, the concept of Lean Construction was discussed.  The Last Planner System and Pull Planning are key parts of Lean Construction. What are they, and how are they used in Lean Construction? Unified Works, a lean advisor for the construction industry, introduces the Last Planner [...]

Lean and Six Sigma in Construction

Lean and Six Sigma are being used beneficially on construction projects.  Let’s explore some examples. First, the Lean Construction Institute provides a definition of Lean Construction. “Lean Construction is a respect and relationship oriented production management approach to project delivery, a transformational way to plan, design, and build capital facilities …” Key concepts are Respect [...]

Goods to Person Automation

Goods to Person (also known as Goods to Man) technology affords efficiency, speed, and accuracy from order picking to shipping. How is this done in large warehouse distribution centers? The Goods to Person Concept:  “The goods to person concept is straightforward – associates stay in one location while the items to be picked and packed [...]

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