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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy New Year Xigma.com Readers

Another year is almost over. I want to take this opportunity to thank all Xigma.com readers for a wonderful year, wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

This is what Ella Wheeler Wilcox had to say;
What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That's not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that's the burden of a year.

We define, we measure, we analyze, we improve and we control. That's the burden of perfecting the process.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Immersive enginering - Six sigma combined with virtual reality

Ok - We all know that he military has always been interested in advanced technology and here is one project that is based on six sigma among others.

This is called " Immersive Engineering."

It combines virtual reality technology wiht Six Sigma and it saves time, money and could potentially save lives at the end since it involves the military.

Take a look at the research here, http://www.sixsigmaiq.com/article.cfm?externalID=3651 and let us know what you think.

Monday, September 13, 2010

This Week at Xigma

Here are a few wonderful articles about Six Sigma if you have not had a chance to look at them, yet.

Reg Goeke's article named "Business Process Excellence Certification: Implications of a Shift in Focus" is a must read for those trying to figure out the difficulties from an internal to external focus.

And two other news for those looking to get certified in Six Sigma.

Starting Sept. 15 in New Albany, Purdue University will offer training in Six Sigma business practices for which professionals can earn certificates.
Online registration is available at http://www.mep.purdue.edu/events under Six Sigma

And in a press release, MoreSteam.com, a provider of online Lean Six Sigma training reports an increase in enrollments for its Green Belt and Black Belt Certification programs. MoreSteam has revised its program to meet the standards established by the Center for Operational Excellence (COE) at The Ohio State University. MoreStream has announced that the number of enrollment quadrupled since June of this year and this shows the growing interest in the methodology.

Monday, July 19, 2010

How to Fail at Six Sigma?

People resist change and do not like getting out of their comfort zones. So, as a Six Sigma professional trying to implement change in organizations, failure is likely to come as is success. People are the main reason some otherwise successful planned six sigma projects can fail at some organizations. So, we need to learn from mistakes and accept this as a lesson part of a potent education.

Jeff Cole has an excellent article outlining the 10 ways to make Six Sigma change fail. Catchy title, uh? No, he is not proposing to set your projects to fail but rather to show why some projects fail and usually for reasons we might think made sense at the moment such as explaining everything without thinking about stopping for a moment to listen.

Here are the 10 ways to failure for your Six Sigma projects;
1. Don’t tell people the change is coming
2. Don’t listen - just keep talking
3. Don’t measure or govern the rollout
4. Don’t bother your sponsor
5. Ignore the culture
6. Allow multiple work-around solutions
7. Ignore resistance
8. Wing it
9. No consequence management
10. Ready or not — here it comes
Go ahead and read the article which explains in detail some of what is noted above. While the titles in most explain what the problem is, some in-depth explanation is always useful.
 
Remember, the workforce is who will be applying the changes and they are critical to the success of the project. Having a couple of meetings before the project start and explaining why changes are implemented goes a long way and make a lot of difference. Prove everything with data. You are not there to motivate people with your people's skills but always use your skills to prepare and adopt people to change.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Xerox Implements Process Improvement in Ink Facility

Xerox leadership has been principal advocates of process improvement through using Lean Six Sigma starting with the former CEO Anne Mulchany and it continues under the leadership of current CEO Ursula Burns. Xerox, like GE, is making it a corporate habit to implement Lean Six Sigma in everyday project selection, problem solving and process improvement.

The latest example for Xerox is at the solid ink Jetstack operation team in Oregon. The team in Oregon has recently completed various Six Sigma projects that improves the efficiency and optimizes the manufacturing process to meet the strict requirements.

The team mainly used Kaizen - A DMA (define-measure-analyze process) - and they were able to come up with approximately 200 new and knowledge based ideas that could improve the efficiency and solve problems.