Category Archives: Lean Six Sigma

Home / Operations / Archive by category "Lean Six Sigma"

Working Capital Meets Lean Six Sigma

Combining Lean Six Sigma (LSS) with a thorough analysis of your Working Capital Situation can lead to a more objective selection of high impact projects. LSS may help to achieve reduction of Working Capital hidden in warehouses and processes through data-based root cause analysis. Working Capital meets Lean Six Sigma.

Continue Reading...

Beyond HR Data Analytics – Competencies HR Professionals Should Possess

HR professionals with knowledge of Lean Six Sigma tools and HR Data Analytics can deliver better service to their customers – their leaders and colleagues. Identifying requirements and gaps, analysing, improving and innovating processes as well as ensuring the performance long-term are valuable business partners.

Continue Reading...

Gemba? I was There

Leaders need to spend more time at the real touch points impacting customers and employees. Only then will they truly understand the real situation so that they can take effective actions to improve performance. And, being seen in Gemba only in crisis situations undermines its value and leaves a negative stain on it.

Continue Reading...

Excuse Me, Why Should HR Know About Six Sigma?

Given today’s need for HR professionals to be Strategic Business Partners, to be a ‘Voice of Conscience’ to the CEOs as well as Champion for the Employees, those with background in proven management methodologies and tools such as Lean, Six Sigma or Kaizen have a great advantage. An HR Professional who can present his business case for HR strategies and interventions with a compelling return on investment will be respected and regarded. Having the knowledge and exposure in cost and time estimates, in analytical thinking processes as well as fact-based strategies and decision making will open doors.

Continue Reading...

Nuts and Bolts of Solutioning

Each improvement project undergoes two general phases, As-Is and Should-Be. Analysing is about understanding the problem, identifying and confirming the root causes. Solutioning requires to turn the newly gained knowledge into impactful solutions that have a good chance to get implemented. Some hints for Solutioning:

Continue Reading...

Nuts and Bolts of Project Selection

Project selection for improvement is taken rather seriously. Some companies have even developed highly sophisticated methods for to ensure project success. Even without having such kind of method at hand, it is necessary and possible to screen projects before embarking on them. Some common sense questions may help.

Continue Reading...

Beware the Hawthorne

“We have great news for you. Our project is delivering results already.” The team is all smiles when they give this update. The carefully prepared graphs unveil a remarkably shorter time for the whole process, from customer request to delivery of results. However, we had not changed a thing yet. How come?

Continue Reading...

Lean Six Sigma and Innovation

Over the last decade, companies and organisations in nearly every industry all over the world have introduced Lean Six Sigma to increase customer satisfaction and to deliver impressive results. An outstanding example is General Electric, the company who has made Six Sigma as popular as it is today. Another term that has drawn tremendous attention […]

Continue Reading...

Demystifying Lean Six Sigma

MYTH: LEAN SIX SIGMA HAS MANY TOOLS I DO NOT NEED. Certainly, life is much easier without the need to choose between 50 advanced tools for problem solving. However, if the only tool available is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In reality, there is a multitude of process problems that need more than a hammer…

Continue Reading...

Seven Habits … – Habit 3: Drive Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement does not start with massive Lean Six Sigma or Innovation initiatives. Continuous improvement needs to be part of the DNA of an organisation if you want to make your aforementioned initiative a success and lasting. Here are some simple tips for incorporating the habit of continuous improvement.

Continue Reading...