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Accreditation Offered for Six Sigma Training Organizations

In a recent press release the International Society of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSSP) announced it was launching accreditation for Six Sigma training organizations starting on November 14, 2019.   It does this after careful consideration and expressed support. Members of the ISSSP Accreditation Advisory Committee will determine acceptance or denial of accreditation for organizations based [...]

Avoid Lean Six Sigma Failures and Achieve Success

Why do Lean Six Sigma programs often fail? And what are the main elements for a successful one? Lance Nicholls, MBA and Senior Director at Zenith Lean Training, uses the following outline to address why Lean Six Sigma Programs usually fail and what it takes to run a successful program. In the latter half of [...]

Destructive Testing Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)

In a traditional measurement systems study, the same part is measured by one operator multiple times and then the same part is measured by another operator multiple times. This is the “crossed” study that allows for the two components of measurement systems error to be estimated: repeatability and reproducibility. The repeatability comes from the same [...]

2019-11-02T17:34:10+00:00 By |0 Comments

ISSSP August Webinar Announced

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 August webinar. We are honored to have John Noguera, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of SigmaXL, Inc. as our speaker on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The topic: SPC [...]

Finding the Average Wait Time: Little’s Law

Queuing Theory is the study and analysis of waiting lines and uses mathematics to predict queue lengths and waiting times. This is important in the design and operation of many businesses such as theme parks, airports, call centers, and many others. However, you don’t need a degree in operations research to determine average wait times [...]

Comprehensive Online Guide for Statistical Analysis: NIST Engineering Statistics Handbook

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has spent decades developing and maintaining the most comprehensive, free guide for statistical analysis available. While the intended audience is listed as scientists and engineers, the handbook will be of use to anyone having to conduct statistical analysis.   As you can see, the handbook chapters lay [...]

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

Lean and Six Sigma Principles Applied in a Water Utility

In 2009, the City of Irving, Texas published a video on how they used Six Sigma principles to make their water utility department more efficient. While this video was made years ago, it is worth watching because you hear from the actual workers and their thoughts about Six Sigma and its benefits for their work. [...]

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 [...]