Integrating Simulation with DMAIC

First, let’s review the objectives of each DMAIC step. D: Define (Establish project purpose and scope, background on process and customer) M: Measure (Quantify existing process performance) A: Analyze (Determine ways to eliminate or reduce the gap between current performance and project goals) I: Improve (Evaluate, select, and implement chosen solution) C: Control (Institutionalize the [...]

Simulation – A Valuable Tool

Discrete Event Simulation can be defined as a mathematical or logical model of a system that portrays that system’s state changes at given points in simulated time. What are some of the benefits of simulation? What If Scenarios Test of potential solutions/what if scenarios without impacting the actual system Waste Identification Determination of process bottlenecks [...]

Simpson’s Paradox: Be Wary of Aggregate Data

Simpson's paradox occurs when a trend appears in several different groups of data but disappears or reverses when the data from these groups are combined. In this video, Guillaume Riesen, currently a Ph.D. student in neuroscience at Stanford University, gives examples of how combining data from two disparate groups can lead to a different and [...]

Quantifying Agreement Among Assessors

How well do your inspectors agree with one another? How well do they agree with a standard? What about people who review documents? How would several reviewers rate the same document? Do they agree with one another? These are just several of the situations where Attribute Agreement would answer these questions. In this simple video, [...]

ISSSP May Webinar: The Drive Toward Digital Operational Excellence

ISSSP, the non-profit International Society of Six Sigma Professionals, providing a forum and resources for Lean, Six Sigma, and Operational Excellence practitioners, is proud to announce its May webinar. We are honored to have Lance Gibbs, Founder and Executive Chairman of BP3 be our speaker on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The topic: The Drive Toward [...]

Using Excel Solver for Optimization

Do you have a problem with an objective to maximize, minimize, or perhaps you want to hit a target value? Is achieving your objective based on the provision of several resources for which there are constraints? Then you have an optimization problem on your hands, which requires mathematical programming.  But don’t worry. You most likely [...]

2019-04-20T19:04:08+00:00 By |Tags: , |0 Comments

Run Charts for Healthcare Practitioner

Run Charts are precursors to Shewhart Control Charts, and are extremely valuable for detecting changes, trends, points of improvement, or points of decline. In this YouTube video from the University of Toronto Family Medicine, targeted for healthcare practitioners, you’ll learn about: How run charts are relevant to quality improvement Utilizing them to track improvement How [...]

Register for ISSSP Webinars

ISSSP, the non-profit International Society of Six Sigma Professionals providing a forum and resources for Lean, Six Sigma, and Operational Excellence practitioners, is proud to announce its April webinar. We are honored to have Kim Roquemore, Director of Operational Excellence, LMH Health Systems be our speaker on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The topic: Lean as [...]

Essential Project Elements: Creating a Work Breakdown Structure and a PERT Chart

A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) divides a project into smaller, manageable pieces. It helps organize the work required.  A PERT chart works in concert with a WBS to organize and schedule required tasks. PERT stands for Program Evaluation Review Technique.   Nathan Garrett, a professor at Woodbury University in Burbank, California, uses a simple example [...]

Andon at Ensto Energy

Andon is a manufacturing term referring to a system to notify management, maintenance, and other workers of a quality or process problem. Andon, in Japanese, means “paper lantern.” So, it is an appropriate term for “illuminating” a problem. Ensto, a Finland-based energy company, uses an Andon system to ensure world-class quality. Whenever a problem arises [...]

2019-03-23T20:20:05+00:00 By |Tags: , , |0 Comments