A Complete Guide to Risk Based Inspection

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Inspection of the structures and machinery in manufacturing plants was once done primarily through industry practices that were rooted in health and safety regulations along with prescriptive codes. Unfortunately, this type of inspection did not take into account the risk of failure, environmental conditions, and so forth. A more well-rounded approach to inspection was developed […]

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The Importance of Process Measurables in Data Analysis

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The term “process measurables” is incredibly narrow and also incredibly broad. In the scope of overall business management, it can seem like a pretty narrow and technical concept. However, for process managers, it’s a concept that can describe hundreds of different things in one project alone. Overview: What are process measurables? A measurable is any […]

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The Role of Process Owners: Driving Efficiency and Quality in Organizations

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The role of a process owner in Lean Six Sigma goes beyond being a mere title or designation. By assigning dedicated process owners, organizations can unlock the true potential of their processes, driving efficiency, quality, and customer satisfaction. In today’s dynamic business landscape, organizations are constantly striving for efficiency, quality, and continuous improvement, all of […]

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How Your Practices Can Improve Your Processes

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Having the right processes is integral to the success of your business, but having the right type of practices in your organization helps make sure that the work being done to implement those processes is approached from the right perspective. Getting a task done is necessary, but it is also important to look at how […]

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The Benefits of Having Quality Records in Six Sigma Projects

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Keeping records is a necessary part of any business. This extends to everything from business transactions to a company’s quality management system.The proper formatting, cataloging, storage, and maintenance of quality records are all vital facets of an organization’s quality management system. Overview: What is a quality record? A quality record can be defined as the […]

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Proactive Problem-Solving: Rare Event Statistical Process Control Charts

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With statistical process charts (SPC), you have a statistical approach that is accessible and allows you to find solutions to system and process problems. One type of chart that falls under the SPC umbrella of tools is the rare event SPC. When rare events occur in your industry, it is necessary to monitor them to […]

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Understanding Output: The Key to Achieving Desired Results

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When you work on a process, there is always a result. These results can be broken down into outputs and outcomes. Whatever you put into your work results in the degree of your output. Your output is dependent on the strength of your input, so it is vitally important to choose the right inputs that […]

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The Crucial Role of Primary Metrics in Validating Six Sigma Improvements

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The primary metric is a numeric output used to understand your process. It makes the process objective, setting the stage for successful improvements that align with the organization’s strategic goals.

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Optimization: Key to Reducing Waste and Improving Quality

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Nothing is perfect, but almost everything can be made better. That’s the basic philosophy behind any optimization strategy. Optimizing is an activity that businesses pursue when they are generally satisfied with the entry criteria and scope of a particular process, but want to further improve the efficiency or reduce output variability. Overview: What is optimization? […]

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Maximizing Efficiency with Operation Cost Targets

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In business, it is vital to have a firm grasp on the maximum amount of expenditures a project can allow. This can mean the difference between being profitable or falling into the red. For every project you undertake that requires funds, you need to know how much you can comfortably spend on it. Beyond that, […]

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Maximize Your Project Management Potential with PMP Certification

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Widely recognized as one of the most prestigious certifications in the industry, PMP validates your knowledge and experience in project management, opening up new opportunities for career advancement and higher salaries. Overview: What is Project Management Professional (PMP) Project Management Professional (PMP) is a globally recognized professional certification that is granted by the Project Management […]

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Promoting Quality and Customer Service through Process Ownership

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When individuals take ownership, they are more likely to be invested in its success and to work tirelessly to ensure that it runs efficiently, meets its goals, and continuously improves over time. So how can this concept be used in process improvement? Lean Six Sigma is a business improvement methodology used to improve processes and […]

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Find Out How and Why to Avoid The O’Brien Effect

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If you have worked in customer service long enough, you have likely had that one co-worker that talks way too much to customers, making suggestions that end up creating more work for co-workers regardless of the initial needs of the client. Overview: What is the O’Brien Effect? The O’Brien Effect refers to the waste that […]

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Using Paynter Charts to Explore Process Performance

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Get a quick primer on Paynter charts, a graphical method for comparing data regarding sub-groups. We look at how Paynter charts compare to KPI data and Pareto charts as well as the benefits of creating and reviewing Paynter charts.

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What is Last in, First out (LIFO)? A Complete Guide

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Having a reliable method to account for your inventory is vital for reporting your financials to stakeholders as well as having the appropriate information for your business taxes. There are three popular methods for this, and they are the FIFO, LIFO, and average cost methods. If you are running a business, you are looking for […]

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Unlocking Success: Management by Knowledge in Process Improvement

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Management by knowledge is imperative to the success of your process improvement initiatives. Discover how to harness this tactic in your Six Sigma processes to enhance performance, promote collaboration, and maximize staff potential. What is Management by Knowledge in Six Sigma? Six Sigma serves as a powerful tool to drive efficiency and customer satisfaction. With […]

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Understanding Muri and How to Eliminate It

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Waste is one of the biggest setbacks that prevents companies from reaching their maximum potential. One of the categories of waste, as described by Talichi Ohno, is known as muri. Talichi Ohno developed a system for Toyota that focused on the continuous improvement of quality and the elimination of waste. The types of waste as […]

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Material Requirements Planning is Key to Operational Efficiency

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Almost every product requires physical materials, even services or solutions that don’t include a final physical deliverable. Any type of resource, component or supply needed to produce a particular product is considered a material. Material requirements planning (MRP) is a method for gaining greater control over internal logistics and turning it to the company’s advantage. […]

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Driving Success: The Crucial Role of Management in Lean Six Sigma

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Management plays a critical role in the successful implementation of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodologies within organizations. It provides the foundation for driving process improvement, achieving operational excellence, and delivering superior customer value. In today’s competitive business landscape, organizations strive for efficiency, quality, and continuous improvement to stay ahead. In pursuit of these goals, Lean […]

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The Impact of Mean Time to Repair on Your Company’s Bottom Line

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MTTR can refer to Mean Time to Repair as well as Mean Time to Resolution, Mean Time to Resolve, and Mean Time to Recovery. These all mean the same general thing, but on this definition page, whenever we reference MTTR, it is in regard to Mean Time to Repair. Overview: What is Mean Time to […]

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Why You Need a Metricationist: A Guide to Maximizing Your Company’s Performance

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Having a metricationist on your team opens up your organization to a wide range of possibilities. The use of metrics can mean the difference between an average company and a great one. A metricationist can help take your company to an optimal level of quality. Overview: What is a metricationist? A metricationist is a person […]

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Understanding Lots for Efficient Inventory Management

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When a product is purchased by an end-user, it is generally sold individually. However, when the product is initially delivered to a distributor by a supplier or sold wholesale, it is usually grouped into a large quantity and sold as a lot. When your business expands, it is almost guaranteed that you will be dealing […]

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Mean Time Between Failures: A Guide for Proactive System Maintenance

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Understanding mean time between failures (MTBF) is a way of expecting the unexpected. Every kind of physical tool, machine or device will eventually fail. Friction of physical parts rubbing against each other, degradation of certain materials or misalignment between different components can all contribute to system failures. That’s why every active car needs tune-ups and […]

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Increase Your Process Capability with L2 Spreadsheets

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When it comes to process capability, the more tools you have, the better. An L2 spreadsheet can help to make working with your capabilities a simpler endeavor. L2 Spreadsheet An L2 spreadsheet is just one of many spreadsheets that can help you be more knowledgeable about the ins and outs of your business. Overview: What […]

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