Tag: Six Sigma

Lean Sigma = Lean Plus Six Sigma or Six Sigma With Just a Little Lean?

Lean Sigma = Lean Plus Six Sigma or Six Sigma With Just a Little Lean?

I had a conversation recently with a healthcare quality leader about her excitement about Lean. She said that she wanted to learn more about Lean and wanted to get certified. She then added, “I thought I’d get Lean Sigma certified, because then I’m getting both [Lean and Six Sigma].” read more

Podcast #187 – Joe Swartz, Co-Author of the “Healthcare Kaizen” Books

Podcast #187 – Joe Swartz, Co-Author of the “Healthcare Kaizen” Books

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 32:10) Joining me for episode #187 is Joe Swartz, my friend and esteemed co-author for our books Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements and The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen: Leadership for a Continuously Learning and Improving Organization. You can learn more about our […]

By September 26, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Don’t Let Looking at Data Blind You From Seeing Reality

Don’t Let Looking at Data Blind You From Seeing Reality

I recently read an article (a case study) about “Lean Six Sigma” in a publication. It’s not online, so I can’t link to it, nor do I really want to call them out by name. I didn’t like the article, in part, because it used the old, tired (and wrong) idea that “Six Sigma is […]

By September 10, 2013 18 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Lean and Six Sigma (and My Son) Require Skills-Based Learning

Guest Post: Lean and Six Sigma (and My Son) Require Skills-Based Learning

Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Joe Swartz, my co-author for the book Healthcare Kaizen and the newly-released book The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. I’m hoping Joe will be a regular contributor in the future and I’ll be doing a podcast with him soon (update: listen here) about his experiences at the Franciscan […]

My Article on Lean Healthcare, Employee & Patient Safety in QHSE Focus

My Article on Lean Healthcare, Employee & Patient Safety in QHSE Focus

QHSE Focus, an iPad magazine, asked me to contribute a piece on Lean healthcare. They published my piece titled, “Employee & Patient Safety: The Only Moral Place to Start with Lean in Healthcare.” You can read a PDF of the article, thanks to the publishers at QHSE Focus. The PDF also contains the table of […]

Podcast #181 – Ron Pereira, Talking Lean and Six Sigma

Podcast #181 – Ron Pereira, Talking Lean and Six Sigma

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 30:30) My guest for Podcast #181 is a good friend, Ron Pereira of Gemba Academy, an outstanding provider of online Lean (and now Six Sigma) education. You might also know Ron from his blog posts (and now, also, a podcast) at LSSacademy.com. I was recently a guest […]

Recent Dilbert Cartoons Related to Improvement & Recognition

Recent Dilbert Cartoons Related to Improvement & Recognition

Two recent Dilbert cartoons resonated with me on themes related to improvement and employee recognition. Below is the first part of the strip (view the whole eight-panel Sunday cartoon here) talks about a comment Lean and Kaizen theme of having a “bias for action.” This is often talked about in a week-long “Kaizen Event.” Having […]

#Lean Healthcare: The Really Good, the Sort of Bad, and the Ugly

#Lean Healthcare: The Really Good, the Sort of Bad, and the Ugly

I had a speaking engagement yesterday for a large system, with the audience consisting mainly of hospital CEOs and CFOs. I was able to be around for the entire morning, which included a really outstanding kickoff talk by the system CEO (talking about process improvement as a key strategy) and followed by two internal P.I. […]

Apple Expected 10% Bad iPhones from Foxconn?

Apple Expected 10% Bad iPhones from Foxconn?

I’d read before that Apple’s supplier (Foxconn) was having trouble assembling iPhone 5s to Apple’s standards… but this article contains some shocking stats: “Apple Returns Millions of Defective iPhone 5 Smartphones.” Millions… 5 to 8 million defective phones returned. Foxconn has only been able to achieve an 80% quality rating… suggesting 2 in 10 have […]

Live Blogging AME Spring Conference: 17 Years of Lean at Autoliv

Live Blogging AME Spring Conference: 17 Years of Lean at Autoliv

I’ve been fortunate to have the chance to visit an Autoliv factory in Utah – a great Lean company that makes air bags and protective devices for cars and passengers. I was really impressed with Autoliv, as were the healthcare leaders from across North America who visited as part of the Healthcare Value Network efforts. […]

Horrible Misinformation about Lean from Minitab

Horrible Misinformation about Lean from Minitab

Hat tip to Kevin Meyer for sending me a link to this ridiculous post from the website of Minitab, the maker of statistical software that’s used by Six Sigma belts: “Lean, Six Sigma, or Lean Six Sigma?“ I’m sure my comment there won’t be published, so I’ll share my thoughts here. read more

Just Call it “5S Six Sigma” Instead of “Lean Sigma,” Please

Just Call it “5S Six Sigma” Instead of “Lean Sigma,” Please

My whole career, I have worked with the Lean methodology (aka the Toyota Production System). I’ve just really never done much with Six Sigma. I’ve read about Six Sigma and I took a Green Belt course when I worked at Dell in the late 90s. I’ve studied and used statistical methods (especially what I learned […]

By October 22, 2012 23 Comments Read More →

Updated – Weekend Fun: Political Parody Ad & Rebuttal

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of politics. I try to be an engaged citizen… but both parties drive me nuts. The cable news networks are all beyond ridiculous. This presidential election cycle takes way too long. There is no truth, just spin… people get their own beliefs and biases reinforced by their […]

By August 31, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Notes from Meeting Masaaki Imai

Notes from Meeting Masaaki Imai

What a great time on Thursday with Masaaki Imai! We were hosted by a non-profit organization, SightLife, that has used Lean to improve the way they collect, process, and ship corneas to transplant patients around the world. It’s a bit of a cliche’ to say that Lean allows us to see the world through “new […]

Stuff I’m Reading, April 4, 2012: Staffing Levels, Death Rates, Student Projects

Here are links to some more articles I’ve read recently that might be of interest on a number of Lean related topics: THE MORE THE MERRIER (The New Yorker) – “But there’s a strong case to be made that corporate America’s fetish for cost-cutting has gone too far.” Hospital performance rewards fail to cut death […]

Lots of Great Lean Healthcare Progress in Iowa

Lots of Great Lean Healthcare Progress in Iowa

Thanks to Dean Bliss for sending an article to me about some of the great Lean healthcare work taking place in Iowa. I’ve visited Iowa a number of times to give talks and visit hospitals and I know many of the leaders from their involvement in the Healthcare Value Network. There have been many people […]

By February 27, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Guest Post: Demand for #Lean Professionals Now Exceeds #SixSigma?

Guest Post: Demand for #Lean Professionals Now Exceeds #SixSigma?

Mark’s note: This is a guest post by Tim Noble of The Avery Point Group. Does this assessment match your view, from the hiring side or from the perspective of a job seeker? Leave a comment and share your thoughts. Ongoing Surge in Demand for Continuous Improvement Talent May Also Be Signaling a Decoupling of […]

By February 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

ASQ Member Videos on Quality, Their Careers, and Their Lives

As mentioned in Monday’s post with Podcast #131 (Paul Borawski, CEO of the American Society for Quality), ASQ had a contest where members could submit videos about the impact of Quality on their careers and lives. The page for their “YouQ” contest is hosted within Facebook, which means many of you won’t be able to […]

By November 30, 2011 1 Comments Read More →