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Takt Time, Cycle Time, and Lead Time: How to Use Them to Improve Processes

What does it take to meet your customers’ demand? How do the measures of Takt Time, Cycle Time, and Lead Time help us in meeting that demand? How can we use them to improve our processes? In this excellent video, Karl Petersen defines Takt Time, Cycle Time, and Lead Time, discusses how they are related [...]

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Using the Science of Improvement During COVID-19

In this incredibly instructive almost hour-long video from a webinar by ISQua’s (The International Society for Quality in Health Care) Education Channel, see how control charts are being used to analyze the COVID-19 data from states in the United States. The webinar is presented by Rocco Perla and Lloyd Provost.  The presenters always look at [...]

Meat Processing in the Time of Coronavirus – Critical Need for Masks

While many meat processing plants are highly automated, many workers must process meat in close quarters. See the beef processing video from Amazing Tube. Of course, this places workers at extreme risk for catching and spreading the coronavirus.  They must be supplied with masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) as additional priorities to those [...]

The 1918 Flu Pandemic – What Do We Know?

On November 30, 2018, Cambridge University shared what they knew about the 1918 Flu Pandemic and what they have learned from it 100 years later. Now, scientists estimate that 50 – 100 million people died around the world. They died for two basic reasons: either from the initial flu infection or from the body’s strong [...]

Virtual Reality Training Comes of Age – Are You Using It?

Virtual Reality (VR) is not just for video games. This excellent video from Digital Engineering and Magic, provider of VR training for the Electrical Power Industry, shows you an example of what it is actually like in safety training for OSHA Standards. You can view the video here. In a recent article by Gary Forger [...]

Managing Product Returns

As we transition to more online shopping and more online orders without buyers to touch and feel, a product increases the likelihood of returns. Just how should returns be processed? What does your organization do?  In a short video, Wayne Belisle, Founder & Pres. of Wayne J Belisle, CPA LLC, gives a few tips on [...]

The Anatomy of a Run Chart: Construction and Usefulness

As the foundation for this blog, we refer to two very good videos on Run Charts. While both cover the same material, they are also complementary. So, we recommend you watch both. In the first video, Michael from the Quality Improvement Division of HSE Ireland covers the Run Chart. HSE (Health Service Executive) provides all [...]

5S in a Large ICU Hospital Supply Room

In a high-speed time-lapse video, watch how nurses implement 5S in an ICU supply room to improve their workspace. 5S is a core tool used in the Lean methodology for business improvement. As indicated in the above picture, it consists of 5 steps: Sort Set in Order Shine Standardize Sustain Let’s explore each of these [...]

Saving Lives Through Lean Six Sigma – The MRAP Case Study

By 2007, over a thousand lives had been lost through IEDs destroying military HUMVEES. A solution was needed and fast. The answer was the MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle. At the time, Defense Secretary Robert Gates mandated that 1500 MRAPs needed to be fielded within a year. However, the factory at the time — SPAWAR [...]

Governance of Projects

Corporate Governance, Governance of Projects, and Project Governance, what’s the difference? Are your Lean Six Sigma projects governed? Darya Duma, Member of Procept Associates Ltd. Management Advisory Board and Senior Trainer and Consultant, clearly defines the differences and provides the requirements for Governance of Projects. At the macro level, Corporate Governance outlines the rules by [...]