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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 [...]

Lean Six Sigma for Software: Development, QA, Testing

We often get questions from Software QA folks who have been invited to join our LinkedIn Group as to what the applicability is of Lean and Six Sigma to Software development, QA, and testing. We’ll hear from several experts and reference several articles on the subject. Krishnamurty Pammi, Head of PMO at TechMojo Solutions discusses [...]

Intelligent Order Fulfillment

Online ordering has continued to rapidly increase, particularly over the last year. How can one fulfill orders and keep the customer satisfied? We’ll hear from three sources about intelligent order fulfillment. First, from HighJump (now Körber), a company that provides integrated systems for warehouse, transportation, and logistics that helps large organizations address eCommerce orders. Craig Moore, [...]

The Between/Within Chart

When constructing control charts with subgroups, there are two sources of variation: between subgroups and within subgroups. Standard Shewhart Xbar-R or S charts assume that the within subgroup variation is dominant. But that is not always the case. When that assumption is violated, what should be done? In an earlier blog, we discussed control chart [...]

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