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Applying Lean Six Sigma Methodology

As the name implies, a lean Six Sigma methodology combines the principles of lean manufacturing (lean) with those of Six Sigma. But why would anyone …

Project Management

6 unexpected ways Six Sigma can benefit your company

Six Sigma is a management methodology which allows companies to use data to eliminate defects in any process. For a process to have achieved Six …

The meaning of Six Sigma

Six Sigma Performance<p>Six Sigma is a scientific methodology that strives to achieve perfect quality in the eyes (a.k.a. Voice) of the Customer.<p>It's a …

Six Sigma Project Scoping—The Project Manager's Biggest Mistake

Scoping a Six Sigma project can be one of the most daunting tasks a project manager can take on. It is also one of the most important. Typically, …

Brainy tips to boost productivity

Manhattan neuroscientist Josh Davis has noticed an increasing phenomenon in his work pattern and that of people around him. We are working hard, incessantly, yet we feel bad at the end of the day because we haven't accomplished enough. Instead, we feel overwhelmed and desperate to do more.<p>He began …

Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

As you sink into the couch, or slide onto the barstool, at the end of an exhausting workday, it’s hard not to experience the warm glow of …

Northern Europe

Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count

About this presentation<p>There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené …

Self-confidence

The Discovery of Statistical Regression

We explore the hotly contested history of the crowning jewel of statistics.

Mathematics

The Best Jobs Now Require You To Be A People Person

And that’s better news for women than for men.<p>Are you good at math? A computer whiz? Well, great! Presumably your “hard skills” are a surefire ticket …

Sharing Ways to Illuminate Challenging Statistical Concepts

The best introductory statistics instructors know that merely memorizing how to perform procedures isn’t enough—students should understand what their …

Data Science

Why 5S fail? Nobody is interested in housekeeping

This post is part of the series “why 5S fail”.<p>This is particularly true in heavier industries with more male workforce, “housekeeping” is …

Build a successful future with project management certifications

The best approach to creating the most efficient and effective business structure involves both Six Sigma and Lean principles.<p>With 37 hours of learning in the new Lean Six Sigma Project Manager Courses & Certifications offer on TNW Deals, you’ll understand concrete processes for increasing …

How to sustain lean systems in your business

<b>The answer is not as esoteric and arcane as you might imagine. It is actually quite simple. Leadership is the key to lean transformation.</b><p>But while …

Are Six Sigma, Lean, and Lean Sigma Obsolete in Western Companies – Part I

I am clear this article will raise the hackles of many systems improvement advocates, trainers and consultants. It will probably do the same for some …

Why Six Sigma Is on the Downslope

I was never a big fan of Six Sigma. As approaches to business process improvement and management go, it always had some glaring shortcomings. First, there was all the statistical mumbo-jumbo it implied — but seldom delivered on in most companies’ implementations. Second, it didn’t incorporate …

Zero Sigma and Your Slacking Content Assets

We live in the world of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. We can eliminate waste and inefficiency in almost every business function—research, …

Thought Leadership

Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership – What's Next after Lean and Six Sigma?

We had a few readers respond to our asking for new questions. Keep’em coming.<p><b>QUESTION:</b> Given that some companies are already well down the Six Sigma …

Process Improvement: Behavioral Methods Applied to Lean Six Sigma

In our last article we kicked off a series about the behavioral side of BPM and improvement, arguing that improvement takes more than a set of tools …

Management

The Age of the Ghost Company

In the last few years a couple of tech companies have become massive, but where are the jobs?<p>For most of the 20th century the companies that brought in the most money also employed the most people. For example, in 1962 General Motors was one of the top five companies by market capitalization and …

Role of an Enterprise Architect in a Lean Enterprise

Many software projects that use agile and lean approaches have difficulties with enterprise architects, whose role changes significantly in this …

Project Management

The Key to Getting Motivated: Give Up

No matter how fulfilling your work, there’ll be days when you just can’t summon any enthusiasm for it. What makes the experience of undermotivation …

Motivation

Lean Six Sigma – Is It Right or Wrong for the Life Sciences?

<b>The Potential of Lean Six Sigma Quality Improvement is Well-Documented – But is It the Right Fit for the Life Sciences?</b>

Lean Six Sigma

The CEO of Sears Fails His Company by Believing in Ayn Rand and the Invisible Hand

<i>By Jonathan Haidt</i><p>Imagine that a major league basketball team is bought by a hedge fund manager who is a firm believer in the value of competition. …

Hedge Funds

Making the Business Case for a Six Sigma Deployment

Many quality managers have read about and seen the benefits of Six Sigma but are unsure how to approach their senior leadership about the opportunity …

SQL: A skill all Lean Six Sigma Belts should learn

Most Lean Six Sigma projects end up working with data. We usually start with the data in a format that it is currently being used within the business.<p>…

Databases

Kanban dos and don’ts

An Infographic I did for my team when we introduced a kanban for team work. Not necessarily correctly, or usefully, but there it is anyway blocking …

Moving your Household Belongings is Easier than You might Think

Household Goods Shipping‎<p>The <b>moving of household goods</b> by shipping them to your new residence is an experience everyone had to endure in their …