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June 2012 Blog Posts (10)

Why You Must Use Six Sigma (A Blog for Management)

What is the best selling point for use of Six Sigma?  I’ve concluded that the biggest selling point, by far, is the ability of a Six Sigma trained individuals to solve very difficult process problems.  The Six Sigma trained person can solve complicated hard to understand process problems that have existed for a long time and have not been solved by serious effort from Engineers and members of management.  This usually gives you a stepped improvement in your product or service. 



Added by John David Hayes on June 28, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Flavor of the Month - Practical Leadership Tips


Over the years, we’ve heard of many management techniques such as TOC, TQM, JIT, ISO, Lean, 6 Sigma, Shainin Red X, etc. One of management’s challenges is to prevent these useful tools from becoming the “flavor of the month.”


One of our clients was interested in the Toyota Kata…


Added by David Hicks on June 28, 2012 at 7:57am — No Comments

Toyota Kata and The Talent Code


How do we learn and coach the Improvement Kata?  You will learn in our upcoming Mike Rother - Toyota Kata Seminar being held on July 17, 2012 at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL.  In addition to learning the Improvement and Coaching Kata, Rother will also make reference to a…


Added by Rick Battye on June 27, 2012 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Start an Employee Idea Program In 2012

I wrote a blog on starting an employee idea program about 2 years ago.  I was thinking that all the readers would want to start one immediately.  We had a savings of about 3 million dollars per year over a ten year period.  The savings was about 30 million dollars during the 10 years.  Then we changed upper management.  The new management did not want to pursue the employee idea program.  The program died immediately.

I want to sell idea programs to you again.  Processes produce…


Added by John David Hayes on June 22, 2012 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Leading a continuous improvement culture- Practical Leadership Tips

“We know what to do, but never seem to execute.”  These were the words of a senior leader just last week.  They have six teams working on A3 projects, meeting every Friday for progress reports.  Like many teams, their groups had high energy at the beginning and made good progress for a few…


Added by David Hicks on June 12, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Toyota Kata: Mobilizing Our Ingenuity

How does a lean organization ensure that it provides value? By continuously improving. How does a lean organization do that? By having its members practice every day how to continuously improve - an improvement kata - so that it becomes habit and culture.

Toyota's well-known shop-floor practices operate within a management system and without this less visible context the lean tools don't function as intended. True lean recognizes that processes…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on June 11, 2012 at 9:02am — No Comments

Review of Project Work With and Without Six Sigma Tools

Without Six Sigma Tools

I worked in manufacturing for 40 years without Six Sigma tools.  I would study the process (Inputs, Process Parameters and Outputs) and based on the variability and what I thought was significant; I would collect data from the process and analyze the data to determine if the Inputs or Process Parameters had an impact on the defect or Output. Sometimes I would guess correctly and generate excellent timely results.  I felt good about this approach…


Added by John David Hayes on June 8, 2012 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Collecting Data and Deciding What Contributes to the Defects-Problem Solving

Collecting data is considered one of the hardest parts of the problem solving process.  Collecting data correctly is a must in isolating significant variables that affect the output.  I will discuss three situations of data collecting to develop a thorough understanding which should help you in your data collection efforts.  (Someone might think that analyzing the data is the most difficult part of problem solving.  With software programs like Minitab and Six Sigma training, the analysis is…


Added by John David Hayes on June 8, 2012 at 8:34am — No Comments

Deploying the Improvement Kata


Get started practicing the Improvement Kata before the upcoming Mike Rother - Toyota Kata Seminar being held on July 17, 2012 at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL.  The attached Kata Quick Start will show the steps involved in getting started on learning the Improvement Kata.  Practicing…


Added by Rick Battye on June 7, 2012 at 10:34am — No Comments

Managerial Work and the Importance of Managers: Part 9: The Role of Skills

In this entry, I will wrap up our discussion of the model proposed a few entries back. If you remember, the primary predictor of managerial performance is one's ability to deal with complexity. But this relationship is influenced by a number of factors, including personality, motivation, and the one element we have not discussed, managerial skills. It is to skills that we will turn our attention today.

Managerial skills are defined as procedures for acquiring and working with…


Added by Brian Flynn on June 1, 2012 at 10:51am — No Comments

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