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Category Archives: Operational Excellence

6Sigma Tools: Pareto Analysis

published on June 11, 2012

The Pareto principle, most commonly known as the 80-20 rule, is known by business owners as the simple fact that 80% of your problems are caused by 20% of the people. Really the theory was about wealth and power distribution, but the …

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Basic Metrics Help Make Your Process Better, Faster, and Cheaper

published on March 26, 2012

Six Sigma is often thought of as a statistic heavy method and to some degree that is true. But the truth about statistics is if you don’t understand what they are trying to tell you, then they are just numbers …

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Six Sigma Tools: Cost of Poor Quality

published on March 19, 2012

One of the best things about Six Sigma is that it presents a concrete way to translate the value of improvements to your staff and leadership. A great tool to highlight the value of Six Sigma is Cost of Poor …

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Future State Vision

published on January 23, 2012

Six Sigma has gotten a sometimes well deserved rap for being overly-complicated, but this is a tool that is the antithesis of that reputation. It does involve metrics but the bulk of the focus is on strategic planning. Strategic planning …

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Using the Pareto Chart

published on November 21, 2011

You hear about this rule all the time from management, human resources and just about any business guru you can think of, so what exactly is it and how do you use it? The Pareto Chart, based on the Pareto …

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