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  • Theophilus I haven’t spent a lot of time in oil and gas but I have done some. First I am not sure who you work with but the work I did was for a major company and there were simulations being done before there was even any serious exploration being done. The software is there already it is just the cost and the work to apply it. You need to…[Read more]

  • @mlemaic Interesting how your last name fits well with Lean and MAIC. The sales thing has been done a decade ago and there are books already published (Google Michael Webb).

    Here is my take on it but understand I really don’t care about what process I am asked to work on they are all just processes. The face to face sale is fast moving and…[Read more]

  • @cseider Boat drinks are always a good option and Squirt and Captain are my favorite. You have never been that harsh and when you were it was always in a very kind way.

  • @mike-carnell Thanks for all the past time and let’s raise a Squirt and Captain Jack for the future.

    I have gotten less harsh myself and choosing more eloquent words. :)

  • @Burgos Google it. There are a ton of program management packages out there.

  • Mohanad Yahya Before you open it (proactive). There is tons of research from the Japanese automotive industry on doing the quality work up front. After you open it is rework.

  • @DRenner that last post was supposed to be to @Brandonct3. My apologies.

  • @DRenner You have two really smart people in @cseider and @rbutler trying to figure out what you want or what your point is because I read it the same as they do – you want to make an issue out of something that isn’t an issue except to maybe you. The SS training was designed using the adult learning model called Bloom’s Taxonomy. It combines…[Read more]

  • @jat79110 You need to understand your company culture and how it works. There are no books or org charts that are going to give this to you. This is getting out and mixing with people and getting into conversations.

    I would identify the informal leaders in the organization. The people that other people go to when the sh*t hits the fan. Some will…[Read more]

  • @ericjmilligan Proximity to retirement has nothing to do with it. I spoke in an earlier post this evening about a South African deployment that @cseider and I were on. Wave 1, the highest risk wave, we had a man who had 33 years with the company. Why did he join? curiosity, challenge, etc. who knows and I didn’t care. His value to the deployment…[Read more]

  • @jwalker3d You need to slow down a minute. I understand you have a mandate and as much as you might like to suggest alternatives they probably won’t budge. If they just take people out then they (your company) will have the same crappy process they have right now only they will have less people to run it. If you let people know that you are…[Read more]

  • Jennifer May We use this model because it works. The original deployments at Allied Signal (1995) and GE 1996) were done after this whole thing had been done in Motorola for several years. There were lots of things that came together to create the training model that was part of a deployment (as opposed to those people who believe training is a…[Read more]

  • Don’t train for training’s sake. Be sure to use adult learning model and have projects worked on after learning about the tools.

  • In that kind of environment, it will be tough to sell continuous improvement.

    My two cents. Many organizations try to do continuous improvement by reducing expenses such as cutting overtime, reducing contract labor usage, etc so employees feel motivated to help in the process improvement. If that’s not possible, then consider “cutting the…[Read more]

  • Employees “on the line” or in the process should be part of teams finding solutions using the data based approach. This helps in selling solutions.

    Hopefully, the pain points for the business are related to pain problems of the employees. Most employees, especially when some of them are part of the solution, are happier when processes go…[Read more]

  • Training versus education is like speaking versus motivating.

  • No worries @dmittal Welcome to the forum.

    I know many use the shortcut of using Z is 3*Cpk but people forget that ZU and ZL result in a Zoverall looking at all of the ppm defective.

  • @rlb38400 – Lean is a methodology and there are tools you apply within the methodology. We have a section on Lean, Methodology > Lean ( and a section on Tools & Templates for Lean Six Sigma here:

    Don’t think of using “preferred” or “popular” tools –…[Read more]

  • @rlb38400 Did you search our site? You’ll find this has been addressed many times over the years. We also have a Training section you might want to look at:

  • Vikrant — Have you searched our website? It’s chock full of information on this subject. For example, if you go to Methodology > Lean (, you’ll find numerous articles that speak to your questions.

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