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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 [...]

Time and Motion Study Pioneers: Frank and Lillian Gilbreth

One of the eight wastes in Lean is Motion: Unnecessary movements by people.   Two of the pioneers in studying motion and how to make it more efficient were the husband and wife team Frank and Lillian Gilbreth. Through Dave Biesinger's short YouTube video, get an overview of their work on improving efficiency by filming [...]

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 [...]

The SIPOC Diagram: Simply Explained

A SIPOC diagram is the first step on the way to a process map.  As you know, SIPOC stands for: Supplier, Inputs, Process, Outputs, Customers.  Much has been written about making a SIPOC, and there are many YouTube video examples. However, some of them do not use realistic examples. And in some cases, they give [...]

5S: The Incredibly Useful and Easily Applied Lean Tool

What is 5S? 5S is a systematic process for creating an orderly environment that is easily maintained, whether it is in the workplace or in your personal life. Hiroyuki Hirano is responsible for developing 5S as part of his system for production. In his book, 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace, Hirano says: “A company [...]

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What is Process Mapping?

Process mapping is a technique which is used in the Six Sigma methodology. The tool allows the user to visualize the steps that are involved in any given process or activity. In simple terms, Six Sigma process mapping is a flowchart that illustrates all the inputs, steps, and outputs in a process. It is important [...]

Brainstorming: Is it Still Useful?

Brainstorming is a popular way for generating ideas. Organizations and groups use the technique to produce creative alternatives. When conducted properly, participants particularly enjoy the activity and actively contribute. The process moves rapidly and is ideal for gathering a large number of ideas in a short time. In recent years, however, many experts have criticized [...]

Welcome to ISSSP: International Society of Six Sigma Professionals

It’s a new beginning for the International Society of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSSP), and you will play a bigger part than ever before. We are reestablishing ISSSP as a non-profit organization. Our focus is to improve the Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement and Change Management professions. As a non-profit, we want to ensure that Lean [...]