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Blogs from iSixSigma Version 1.0 and 2.0 (Years 2000 to 2011).

Albertsons Six Sigma Update

Larry Johnson, CEO of Albertsons, spoke at the Lehman Brothers Retail Seminar on April 26, 2005. He gave a detailed update on the progress they have made with their Six Sigma deployment. The webcast is available from Albertsons Investor Information until May 17, 2005. The following quotes were transcribed: “All of these initiatives, along with…

The Future of Six Sigma

Over the years I have enjoyed the many articles that have speculated on the future of Six Sigma.This past month I have read three articles in particular that offered differing opinions on where Six Sigma is headed. According to Thomas Pyzdek, in Cargo Cult Six Sigma. Is the fad fading?: “As someone who follows Six…

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Construction Industry – Six Sigma

The Construction sector includes the following Fortune 500 industries: Homebuilders – Engineering, Construction – Building Materials, Glass The list is short and includes: Jacobs Engineering Group Owens Corning Notable Fortune 1000 companies include Armstrong Holdings, Vulcan Materials and  Martin Marietta Materials.

The 2005 Fortune 500

The 2005 Fortune 500 is out! I have been anxiously waiting for the new list to perform my annual ritual of updating my Six Sigma Fortune list with the new rankings. I have been keeping tabs on Six Sigma in the Fortune 500 since 2001 when Wal-Mart was #2 wedged between Exxon and GM. Wal-Mart…

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Pharmaceuticals Industry – Six Sigma

Pharmaceuticals is a place where Six Sigma does more than save money. Less defects in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industries save lives. All the Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical companies are using Six Sigma. Abbott Laboratories Amgen Bristol-Myers Squibb Eli Lilly Johnson & Johnson Merck Pfizer Schering-Plough Wyeth

Computers & Electronics Industry – Six Sigma

The Computers & Electronics sector consists of the following Fortune 500 industries: Computers, Office Equipment Computer Software Computer Peripherals Computer and Data Services Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components Electronics, Electrical Equipment Early Six Sigma pioneers were Texas Instruments, IBM, Solectron, and Sun Microsystems. Below is a list of Computers & Electronics companies that are using…

IKON Office Solutions – Six Sigma

IKON Office Solutions is quickly becoming a major voice for Six Sigma in the Business Services industry. Matt Espe came to IKON in August, 2002 and less than a year later his GE roots revealed themselves with a corporate Six Sigma initiative. An overview of IKON’s Six Sigma initiative is told best through their annual…

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Pfizer – Right First Time

Pfizer currently uses Six Sigma as one of the tools in their “Right First Time” initiative. Right First Time also includes Process Analytical Technology (PAT) which is an FDA prescribed framework for quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry. Food & Drug Packaging published a Special Report in May 2004 that reveals details of their program:…

McDonald’s – Six Sigma

McDonald’s adopts business practice that made GE famous “Selected management at McDonald’’s, a GEFF client, are learning about Six Sigma through GE’s program, “At the Customer, For the Customer,” that brings GE’’s resources and management tools to customers. In 2003, GEFF initiated a meeting with McDonald’’s executives at the John F. Welch Leadership Center at…

Circuit City – Six Sigma

Overview Circuit City began their Six Sigma initiative early in 2001 as stated in their 2001 Annual Report: “Given the challenging retail climate, we will even more closely examine our operating practices. Specifically, we are undertaking initiatives to…apply the Six Sigma methodology to critical processes so that we measurably increase customer satisfaction while also reducing…

Albertsons Inc. – Six Sigma

Larry Johnston, a seasoned General Electric executive, took over as CEO of Albertsons in April, 2001. Unlike his colleagues, James McNerney and Bob Nardelli, Johnston did not immediately sing Six Sigma in the key of G & E. He waited. Instead, he quickly got to work restructuring the company and three years later announced it…

May Department Stores – Six Sigma

Overview May Department Stores has not released very much public information about their Six Sigma program. I have found job postings for positions at May and their brand stores that desire Black Belt certification, a “What is Six Sigma” presentation by the Divisional Controller for May Merchandising Company and the biography of a Six Sigma…

Give Them Their Own Forum

Thousands of people per year use the “Make a Suggestion” box found on every iSixSigma.com page. We love it because it provides a tremendous amount of new ideas for us to think about, prioritize and develop. Keep them coming. Every once in a while we’ll receive a suggestion like, “There seem to be a large…

The Cox-Box Cartoon and Blog

The Cox-Box, Six Sigma Guy, and associated characters are the brainchild and creative outlet of Rookie Six Sigma Black Belt Gary Cox. Gary has combined his passion for drawing cartoons with his newly acquired Six Sigma experiences through the characters and tales in The Cox-Box. The situations, characters and bureaucracy are all hypothetical and any…

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What’s This Blog Thing About, Anyway?

As my previous blog described, this is the location that I will be posting thoughts, rants and anything else that I have time to post. Everything you read here will be written by me, Michael Cyger, and it reflects my unique perspective of this Six Sigma community that I’ve helped build and foster since 2000….

When Jack Talks, People Listen

At the recent IQPC Six Sigma Summit Six Sigma conference, the auditorium was packed to standing room only with executives and practitioners there to hear a question and answer session with Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric. Many delegates I spoke with said they registered for the conference just for the chance to hear…

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Federated Department Stores – Six Sigma

Federated Department Stores announced their plans today to acquire May Department Stores. You can read all about it in the February 28, 2004 Press Release. Both companies are currently involved in Six Sigma initiatives. Although I don’t know much about May’s Six Sigma ways, Federated is very proud of what they have done, and they…

Starting a Blog

I’ve spoken to the iSixSigma editorial staff about creating a blog and received mixed reviews. On one hand, I would personally like to start a conversation with others that doesn’t have to be proofed, edited, or polished before printing. My staff, on the other hand, is probably cringing at the idea of allowing unedited content…

3M – Six Sigma

Overview 3M’s corporate Six Sigma journey began shortly after James McNerney took over at the helm in January 2001. Prior to his arrival, there was some Six Sigma activity taking place in parts of the company, but not at all like 3M would see with McNerney’s corporate driven approach. Now, more than 4 years later,…

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Bank of America – Hoshin Kanri and Six Sigma

Bank of America is one of the most prominent financial services company with a corporate-wide Six Sigma initiative, and they’re not afraid to talk about it. Their unique blend of Hoshin planning, Kanri management and Six Sigma separates them from the pack. Bank of America began their Six Sigma journey in 2001 as a corporate…

About SixSigmaCompanies.com

SixSigmaCompanies.com is dedicated to providing information about the Six Sigma initiatives at Fortune 500 companies. The author is a Market Research professional currently working in the Six Sigma Consulting Industry. He has nearly 4 years experience tracking the evolution of Six Sigma in companies throughout the world. Currently, over 40 percent of the Fortune 500…

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iSixSigma Blogosphere Help

Welcome to iSixSigma Blogosphere Help, a collection of help documents for those posting to the Blogosphere. Search through our collection with Article Search (above) or just browse through the categories (to the left). If you can’t find what you need here, post a comment to this Help section and we’ll do what we can to…

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