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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

TRIZ (The Theory of Inventive Problem-Solving)

TRIZ is a systematic approach to solving problems. It was invented by Soviet inventor Genrich Altshuller and his colleagues, starting in 1946. Altschuller reviewed 40,000 patents to determine the principles that were used for the inventions. As a result, he developed 40 principles of invention, coupled with a Contradictions Matrix. These are just a few [...]

Gain Access to ISSSP Lean Six Sigma Resources 24/7 as a Member

Did you know that ISSSP members have unlimited access to many Six Sigma resources, including over 1000 past presentations, webinars, white papers, and case studies? Learn more about membership here. Here are links to four key past presentations that are still relevant today from the areas of Human Resources, Lean in Pharmacies, Design for Six [...]

Register for ISSSP Webinars

ISSSP, the non-profit International Society of Six Sigma Professionals that provides a forum and resources for Lean, Six Sigma, and Operational Excellence practitioners, is proud to announce a series of webinars beginning in March. We are honored to have Steven H. Jones, Director of Concentrix and Delivery Excellence leader, kick off our series with a [...]

The Principles of Jidoka or Autonomation

In this YouTube video, Tom Huckabee, Development Specialist for Processes and Information Systems, explains Jidoka or autonomation and its basic principles. He defines Jidoka as a “device to auto-stop a process to prevent a defect or a problem.”  The key is the automatic part. Huckabee breaks the principle of Jidoka into a few simple steps: [...]

Error Proofing or Poka-Yoke

Error Proofing, Mistake Proofing, or in Japanese Poka-Yoke.  Shigeo Shingo developed Poka-Yoke while working for Toyota. Poka-Yoke is first and foremost the prevention of an error before it could have occurred. That is, you cannot do it wrong. It can only be done one way. A three-prong plug can only be inserted one way. Baring [...]

Mind Mapping: A Perfect Application for your Lean Six Sigma Project

In this YouTube video, Doug Neill gives a useful introduction to the construction of mind maps. A mind map is a graphical way to visualize and organize information. As such it is great for summarizing your Lean Six Sigma project, its core theme, and its elements. Your central topic or theme is the cornerstone of [...]