Tag: Six Sigma

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 →
Problems like This Should be the Focus of “Lean Government”

Problems like This Should be the Focus of “Lean Government”

The “Strong America Now” initiative has proposed there are opportunities to save $500 BILLION ¬†a year from our U.S. federal government budget by using Lean and Six Sigma methods (I interviewed Mike George, the founder of the campaign here in a podcast). As an outsider, I’d believe that the OPPORTUNITY is there for such savings, […]

By October 4, 2011 6 Comments Read More →

Radiology Patient Flow Improvement Using Lean at a German Hospital

This is the first Lean article or case study I recall seeing about a German hospital: “JACR: Lean Six Sigma increases MRI productivity.” The article clearly articulates the benefits for patients, staff, and the hospital – ¬†University Hospital Giessen and Marburg. The hospital, using “Lean Six Sigma” was able to “double the percentage of patients […]

By September 20, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Dear “Lean Six Sigma” Crowd – Lean is About Quality, Too

Dear “Lean Six Sigma” Crowd – Lean is About Quality, Too

First off, I’m not trying to dredge up a “Lean vs. Six Sigma” battle here. I’m not “anti-Six Sigma.” I’m not a huge proponent of the methodology and I don’t practice Six Sigma personally, but I see a place for a structured statistical quality improvement methodology to help solve certain complex problems. read more

Video Presentation on Reducing Healthcare Waste & Improving Care

Video Presentation on Reducing Healthcare Waste & Improving Care

Last week, I posted a podcast with Mike George, founder of Strong America Now, an organization that is promoting Lean and Six Sigma methods to our political leaders and government. Much of the discussion, maybe unfortunately, was focused on Mr. George and his approach (“Lean Six Sigma”) rather than the potential for using Lean to […]

Podcast #125 – Mike George on Lean Six Sigma for Government & Politicians

Podcast #125 – Mike George on Lean Six Sigma for Government & Politicians

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 17:50) My guest for Podcast #125 is Mike George, the founder of Strong America Now, a “nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing and educating citizens to support only those Presidential candidates who commit to eliminating the deficit with no new taxes.” In this episode, George talks about his […]