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Thought Maps for Six Sigma Projects

How do you capture what occurred on a project in an easy-to-understand manner, communicate it, and document project questions such as what methods were used, what solutions were explored, and lessons learned? The answer is the Thought Map originally proposed and developed by Cheryl Hild, Doug Sanders, and Bill Ross in 2000. From project start [...]

Lean Thinking at Miami Children’s Hospital

Healthcare costs continue to soar. But one hospital system has combated the trend. Take a look at the journey Miami Children’s Hospital took to integrate Lean into their culture and the benefits that accrued. Narendra Kini, MD, former CEO at Miami Children’s Hospital, part of the Nicklaus Children’s Health System in Miami, Florida explains how [...]

The Six Sigma Dabbawalas of Mumbai

In this video from Samatvam Academy, we see how the lunchtime food delivery service in Mumbai, India is handled by the renowned dabbawalas. Mumbai middle class workers travel an average of three hours and spend eight hours or more at work. An on-time lunch at their workplace is important for 200,000 of them every working [...]

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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 [...]

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