Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Increase Communication in Six Sigma Teams

Communication is critical in project management especially within teams that operate in multiple locations. This is a very good article that discusses the solutions for remote six sigma teams looking to increase communication within members of the team.

Brief summary of 7 solutions written by the author, Thomas Ostasiewski:

1.Push very hard for an initial face-to-face meeting for the entire team. (face-face interaction is critical)
2.Personally reach out to each member and get to know them. (know others)
3.Let the team get to know you. (let others know you)
4.Get as many in-person events as you can afford. (interaction with others)
5.When you can’t meet in person, use video conferencing. (Use of technology)
6.Discuss the project and its needs with the remote team members’ boss.
7.Keep your sponsor very well informed every step of the way.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Comparison of (CPI) approaches - Lean, Six Sigma and TOC-

Industryweek recently published an article that analyzes the implementation of various Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) approaches such as Lean, Six Sigma and TOC at Brazilian mines and metalurgical plants. The author, Reza Pirasteh, gives an insightful analysis of the conditions, implementation and the results achieved by the methodologies implemented in the plants.

More importantly, this article compares the effects and contributions of Lean, Six Sigma and TOC to the organizations in several ways; if applied in logical sequences versus each CPI method applied all by itself.

It is an interesting read not only for those in the mining industry but for everyone that is in need to compare each methodolgy and decide which is more effective in environments with different characteristics.

Article and the case study can be found by following the link below;
Integration of Lean, Six Sigma & TOC Improves Performance by Reza Pirasteh.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Implementation of Lean Six Sigma in Government ogranizations

Intersting article by James Gauci about the implementation of lean six sigma in organizations known for their bureaucratic structures such as government agencies.

Gauci discusses the consequences of bureaucracy and effective techniques to deal with it.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Case Study about the implementation of Six Sigma

Here is a good case study that shows the importance of senior management involvement in application of Six Sigma principles in a company.

Most of the managers usually have no idea of what to do in the beginning phases of implementation and resist change in operations. Responses like “This is the way we have always done it,” and “The process is working just fine” is very common in many companies and that is exactly what happened at in the beginning.

Visit this link to read how Ric Joyner of chose Six Sigma, overcame management oppostion to change and had his company implement it bottom-up into their operations.

Six Sigma applied to achieve athletic excellence

Steven Falk, a certified tennis instructor and a certified umpire and referee of the USTA (United States Tennis Association) published his book; "Six Sigma Tennis". Falk is also a former tennis instructor for Stanford Tennis where he applied many different methods including TQM, Lockheed Martin Zero Defects, ISO Standards other than Six Sigma methodologies. Falk gained his corporate experience while working for companies like GE, Lockheed Martin, Siemens and The Walt Disney Company.

Application of six sigma principles in sports is definitely an interesting idea. Falk discusses in "Six Sigma Tennis" the application of these methodologies to achieve athletic excellence. This is the first time I heard about Six Sigma being applied to athletics.

Falk also mentions that he has seen fantastic results with his own students and had feedback from other coaches, parents and students that similar success was achieved by the other participants applying the principles in their training. This is definitely a very interesting case that needs to be further followed-up on.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Six Sigma Implementation by a Chicago Law Firm

Six Sigma today has a much wider reach than it used to when only manufacturing companies was interested in the methodology. Today the methodolgy is widely used even in service industries.

Seyfarth Shaw, a Chicago law firm, has been toying with the idea of implementing Six Sigma into their operations for over 5 years. During this 5 years, the methodology started to take over at Seyfarth and today the law firm wants to be known as a company implementing Six Sigma for all their operations.

J.Stephen Poor, the managing partner of the firm discusses in this video how Six Sigma is working for his firm.

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