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With every improvement project you learn something valuable and a tool for improvements that need to happen quickly are Kaizen events. Kaizen events are rapid responses to very specific areas usually taking 3-5 days.  Kaizen events are not difficult, but if you do not put the appropriate planning in place before you begin you will

In any lean project there are a ton of buzzwords, but the one thing that is a universal truth in all lean initiative is that for any tool used to be successful it must be understood. In today’s blog we are going to talk about a Gemba walk and why it works. What is it?

Building a business case is important to more than your improvement project, it should be one of the pillars of your decision making. A business case helps you understand why a decision is necessary, what you anticipate the solution to look like and how it will help you reach your long-term organizational goals. Business Case

The great thing about Six Sigma is that it puts you into the habit of seeing things in an ordered and identifiable view. This skill is highlighted in the way Six Sigma teaches you how to select projects. Project selection is the single most important decision you will make for your improvement initiative. If you

Rolled Throughput Yield (RTY) is a measurement metric that illustrates the losses due to rework or corrective action. The beauty of this metric is that is shows in statistical fact the relationship between the defects and the cost of poor quality. This is the tool that most management asks for without knowing the name. What

Six Sigma Tools: First Time Yield

First Time Yield (FTY) is a traditional metric that tells you how many defects your process produces for before any improvement is done. Generally this measurement is used in the manufacturing or production field, but it can make the switch to your office easily. The formula for FTY is: FTY: Total Unit Passed/Total Units Tested

Six Sigma Tools: Defects Per Unit Defects Per Unit or DPU identifies how many individual defects are on a single unit or item.  This is different from just identifying defective items, DPU identifies how many different defects are on a single item. This is where 6Sigma becomes invaluable because the identification of multiple defects addresses

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 on a page. The good news is that the purpose of Six Sigma metrics generally

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 Quality (COPQ). What is the Cost of Poor Quality? COPD identifies the amount of lost

6Sigma Tools: Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) 6Sigma can be so many things to your organization, but the most important thing to remember is that is has to relevant to your organization.  This requirement is what makes Design for Six Sigma or DFSS such an asset to any organization looking towards a lean strategy. Technically