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It’s that time again, so let’s delve into the world of Failure Models and Effects Analysis, otherwise known as FMEA. Often touted in 6Sigma circles but rarely used due to the perceived complexity, it is one of 6Sigma’s secret weapons. FMEA stands for Failure Models and Effects Analysis, that’s a big name so let’s find

DMAIC is a staple of Six Sigma methodology and like all things Six Sigma, the better your understanding of the tool the greater its abilities. So just what is DMAIC? Basically it’s a problem solving tool, what is great about it is that it specifically works with unknowns and teaches your staff how to use

Future State Vision

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 means many things to organizations, but within the lens of a 6Sigma strategy it should

Balanced Scorecards

Michael Koploy of Software Advice recently wrote an article on supplier performance management and I thought you would be interested. In the article,  he discusses how to best manage supplier performance with scorecards.  In an interview with Sherry Gordon, President at Value Chain Group and performance management expert, they discussed four pieces of great advice: Align scorecards with business goals Establish

Hoshin Planning is a strategic planning tool used to create strategic goals and a concrete strategy to implement them. The beauty of this method is that it treats everyone as an expert in their respective areas and everyone has the opportunity to provide improvement input. What I love about Hoshin Planning is that it tackles

Happy New Year! As 2012 unfolds I thought we would look at the Critical to Quality Tree and how it works. The Critical to Quality Tree is a tool that helps visually identify what activities are ‘critical’ to success. With all things critical will mean different things to different industries and organizations, but this post

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The Bull’s Eye Chart is a visual representation of your goals and progress to date. Depending on your team the complexity of the chart can vary, but ideally it should be fairly simple to chart and interpret. As with all things in 6Sigma, the key to its success is understanding what it is telling you

Six Sigma Control Charts

In keeping with my last post on Six Sigma tools and how to use them, I thought this week we would discuss control charts. In Six Sigma, control charts are a staple, but like every tool it as its limitations. What is a control chart? Control Charts (sometimes called Shewhart charts) are used to determine

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Using the Pareto Chart

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 Rule (commonly called the 80/20 rule), is an economic distribution principle named after Italian engineer

Around the world in dozens of offices, someone was trained and then given Six Sigma projects. Some were trained well and recognize that you won’t use every Six Sigma tool for every project. Some were trained by a self-important belt who taught them to use every single Six Sigma tool there is. So what I

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