18
Nov

0

Stability vs. Disruption

Author: Russ Aikman
Disruption is a very trendy word. Articles about disruptive products, technologies, and services are increasingly common in business magazines . This is especially true in some industries such as consumer electronics and entertainment. Recently I even saw a Linked-In profile of an individual who described himself as a ‘disruptive change agent’. Makes you wonder how he acts during lunch…
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29
Oct

0

Balancing Old and New

Author: Russ Aikman
Earlier this month I attended two different conferences in which I got a glimpse of the future. The fi­­rst was the Minitab Insights Conference, held in Leesburg, VA (OCT 10-11). Many presenters covered topics that would be familiar to all Green Belts and Black Belts – Design of Experiments, Measurement System Analysis, and Sampling. Other speakers covered topics new to me – Regression Trees, MARS, and Random Forests. For the record, all of these are algorithms used in machine learning (AKA artificial intelligence).
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25
Sep

1

The $10,000 Paper Clip

Author: Kurt Middelkoop
Recently I was facilitating an E3 (Economy, Energy, Environmental) workshop with a local company. We spent time learning about lean and how to identify value and non-value add activities. After covering these basics I lead the group out of the classroom to conduct a Gemba walk so they could put the lessons learned to practice. As all LSS practitioners know, direct observation of work activities is fundamental to lean.
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26
Aug

0

Effective Presentations

Author: Diana Martinez, Ph.D.
Hello Lean Six Sigma lectors! While technical knowledge is important to your success (we have been discussing Process Capability during the last three blogs) even more important is your ability to communicate. That is why we have decided to change gears and take the opportunity to discuss Effective Presentations. This skill is important whether presenting at gate reviews, making technical talks at conferences, speaking to a group of executives, or even giving a tour to visitors.
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25
Jul

0

Process Capability: A Critical Management Tool (Part 3)

Author: Russ Aikman
In the previous blogs we covered the basics of process capability and its use as a Management tool. Part 1 addressed process capability for continuous, normally distributed data. Part 2 covered Short Term vs. Long Term capability, plus capability analysis when the target is not centered between the spec limits. In this third installment in our series we will discuss capability with continuous, non-normal data.
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29
Apr

0

Process Capability: A Critical Management Tool (Part 1)

Author: Satya Kudapa
A design engineer wants to know if a manufacturing process can meet design tolerances. A quality engineer wants to determine the rate of poor quality. A purchasing agent wants to assess if a supplier can provide parts that will work properly in a subassembly. A sales manager wants to know if his team can meet their business goals. A LSS Black Belt wants to establish the baseline for her project.
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28
Jan

0

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Author: Russ Aikman
The most interesting business book I read last year was Daniel Pink’s When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Riverhead Books, 2018). Based on research on a wide series of topics, the common theme is that of time – and timing – and how it affects your chances for success in all sorts of endeavors. Actually to call this a ‘business book’ is a little misleading as it also delves into matters of a more personal nature (e.g., when to get married, when to start a new job).
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