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In this blog we have talked about a lot about  the tools used in a change project, but I think that it is time we talk about the information that drives the project-the statistics.  The old adage is that the numbers never lie, but when you work with statistics you know that is a relative

In this blog we have talked a lot about the different tools we can use in our improvement projects, but it’s my professional opinion that knowing why something works is as good as if not better than knowing that it works. In this blog post we need to discuss how you categorize defects. When you

6 Sigma Tools: FMEA Types

I have already written about FMEA (failure Modes Effects Analysis) here, but the general nature of this blog gives me the ability to revisit topics as questions are asked. Today I want to shine a general focus on the different types of FMEA; generally there are four types of FMEA that your 6Sigma professionals look at.

This week we will continue our discussion on process mapping, I promise it will not go on forever, but it does have a lot of intricacies. Many people think that process mapping is just putting some shapes on a diagram, but it means much more than that. There are 3 levels of process mapping that

6Sigma Tools: Process Mapping-Standard Symbols As I said last week, process mapping is one of my favorite 6Sigma tools and the best thing about it is that anyone can do it. Now as with all things 6Sigma it can be as complicated or as easy as you want it to be. It may seem like

Process mapping is an excellent tool that doesn’t have to be monopolized by 6Sigma professionals. The best thing about a process map is the ability to illustrate the problem. Often times in an organization we understand that there is an issue, but we just don’t know what it is. Process mapping helps you to literally

We talk a lot about tools and techniques in this blog, but one I want to highlight is the Fishbone Diagram. This tool is effective because you don’t have to be a 6Sigma expert to understand its usefulness. What is it? A Fishbone Diagram is just what it says, a diagram that is used to

6Sigma Tools: 5S

6Sigma is all about identifying and eliminating waste and one of the tools we use as we embark on this task is 5S. 5S is a Japanese method that deals with understanding where the waste comes from and how to deal to eliminate the waste by making the tools a practicable habit. How does it

6Sigma is only as good as the practitioner and one of the greatest assets that practitioner brings to your project is the ability to determine the value of the project. There are 3 components to determining the value of your improvement project: Impact- your belt should be able to tell you if these impacts (negative

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 general premise applies. Most of your issues can be attributed to a fairly small distribution