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  • #162544

    Art
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    We seem to be discussing the chicken and the egg.  What I was trying to say is that telling people about a quality program is not nearly as effective as presenting them with results.  This is especially important if you are viewed as “The quality guy” and are an outsider coming into an esablished situation.  You are correct however, because for the program to grow, “the quality guy” must train others the skills necessary to become a quality company.
     

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    #162524

    Art
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    I am in the same boat.  I was hired to a new position as a “production engineer”.  No one knows what I am supposed to do.  There is not a process improvement plan in place.  I’ve watched our processes, taken available data, and presented a proposed Kaizan event to management for which I am going to follow through.  If necessary, if  I can’t get buy in for meetings (“We don’t have time for that”), I am going to go out on the floor and and exchange info with the workers one-on-one.  My theory is if management and workers see improvement through lean-six sigma events, they will buy in to the program.  I disagree with the advice most people have given you.  Telling/training people about this cool new program isn’t going to get you anywhere.  Give them some results, present those results as part of your awareness training, then the program will sell itself.

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    #149409

    Art
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    Thanks this was very helpful.  Happy Holidays!!

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    #145212

    Art
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    So, just what are you trying to say?

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    #56960

    Art
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    Adam and Carnell, sitting in a tree…………….come on, you me too everything he and darth day

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    #56959

    Art
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    Adam L Bowden – what the heck do you mean?

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    #135766

    Art
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    Darth – why do you care?  Let people post, what’s the harm.  Stop trying to be an isixsigma cop and get a life or a hobby you loser.

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    #132352

    Art
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    No one cares where he/she is.

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    #130890

    Art
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    Stan – seen all what?  Russian brides?

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    #130733

    Art
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    No, I do not know of anyone in the New York area who has used Six Sigma in K-12 schools. If you know of a need for Six Sigma consultants in the New York area, let me know because I have a business partner who lives in Penfield, NY and we would be interested in providing Lean Six Sigma consulting.
    Thanks,
    Art

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    #130550

    Art
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    I concur, Stan – get lost.  Take your fragile ego and go somewhere else – perhaps the geeks you play on line chess with will be more receptive to your nonsense, we have had it with you.  Even Darth doesn’t defend you anymore.

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    #130057

    Art
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    KO (AKA Stan) – Stanley, you poor pathetic soul.  You have whipped no one except maybe your dog our yourself at night when u chat on the net with your boyfriends.  Stop hiding behind alternate screen names.  Joe is right, you are a lonely fool.. Start your own yahoo message board, get out of here.

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    #129803

    Art
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    Stanley, stanley, stanley, where art thou stanley?  Nice to have you back enlightening our lives with your unique wit.  Do us a favor..go back to the cave and your crossword puzzles. 

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    #129664

    Art
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    Smooch….g’night stanley my boy…here’s to dreamin of anova’s and t-tests….catch ya on the flip side! 

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    #129663

    Art
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    Stanley, Stanley, Stanley – where have thou been?  Combing the kitties coats or at a dungeons and dragons tourney?  Or perhaps you and your internet girlfirend have finally decided to meet?  Ah, a boy on the town in love!
     
    You live your life extending “knowledge” do you?  If thats what you call your own unsubstantiated recycled garbage, than so be it.  Go back to the cave, we were better off without you.
     
    Your secret admirer,
    Art

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    #128862

    Art
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    As are you stanley boy, as are you.  Go comb the cat’s hair and kindly rid us of your presence.

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    #128526

    Art
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    Well Stanley my boy, perhaps it has something to do with number of defects or somthin’ like that?  Your smarter than the rest of us, we all know that.  Good luck in the dungeons and dragons tourney and with the courtship of your on line girlfriend.
     
    PS – I am a huge fan! 

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    #128524

    Art
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    Sure Does Stanley! – Maybe your highness could even volunteer to be a guest speaker!!  If u don’t have anything nice to say…….you know the rest.
     
     
    Hi to the cats!
     
    Peace out,
     
    Art

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    #128193

    Art
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    Good ole stanley boy…..GE has an acronym for Stan…..”C3″

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    #127945

    Art
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    Joe – disregard Stan…he plays dungeons and dragons all day, chats online all night and lives with 12 cats.  Poking fun at others behind the protection of the WWW is all the little man has.

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    #127537

    Art
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    No Stanley, I don’t – but zip me your BOK PDF file and I’ll look it up, same as you and regergitate it. 
    As they say in Cozumel – “take time to be kind”, I am outta here, so long, this tryst is over…g’ night to the cats.

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    #127534

    Art
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    Easy now stanley, you are scaring your kitties.

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    #127531

    Art
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    Stanley – there you go again, you have proved my point.  You are an arrogant jerk who has nothing nice to say to anyone.  I bet you live alone with 3 cats, holed up in a ratty house chatting on line to your “friends” all day and night.  Don’t ask me what I have posted, I don’t need to prove my worth to a jerk like you by copying and pasting from a stats text book.  Try being nice to people.  You reap what you sow.

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    #127396

    Art
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    irrealevant

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    #127388

    Art
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    Stan – why are you such a jerk?  The forum moderator advised us all last week to be civil, yet every one of your posts is rude and insulting.  Do us all a favor and take a break from the forum, I promise we on’t miss you.  Come back when you can act like an adult.

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    #125828

    Art
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    Six Sigma Guy – when you get some time, chart the 10 year stock performance for both companies and tell me which has been offered it’s shareholders more return.
     
    I believe you will see GE is up 250% while MOT is -20%.
     
    I don’t care what sigma they are, their competitors are eating their lunch.
     
     

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    #122614

    Art
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    Eliz,
    Teaching method, words read, teacher, and lesson plan were found to be the biggest contributors to student performance. As an example, teachers who used one of the two prescribed methods had students who  performed 100+ points better on the student report card.
    As far as the new principal, she thought that she had a better plan – in spite of what the teachers requested. I truly believe that one of the problems in our educational system lies with principals who just don’t get it or they just don’t care.
    Art
    Art

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    #122613

    Art
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    BTDT,
    You are correct. I did not expand the objective in my last message. I must tell you that the teachers wanted to test to the state report card and I had difficulties changing their view. The objective was not to look only at state report cards, but quiz scores and other results such as DRA Reading factors.
    We did not explore all the factors – only the ones that seemed to have more of an impact (e.g., teaching method). We started small and only looked at reading and how student learning was affected by the teaching method.
    Art
     

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    #122592

    Art
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    Hi,
    In 2003, I used Six Sigma at my wife’s elementary school. I followed the DMAIC approach and received rave reviews. Tim Gurunatha assisted me in this effort.
    The objective was to eliminate “low proficiency” scores. We developed process maps, FMEA, cause and effect diagrams, and DOE.
    I used 10 controlling factors for  DOE: 1) teaching methods, 2) lesson plan, 3) state report card, 4) quizzes, 5) student attendance, 6) parent participation, 7) number of homework assignments, 8) words read in school year, 9) time spent for disciplining, and 10) time spent “one on one” with student.
    I created a main effects plot showing how ethnicity, primary language, teacher, teaching method, % absent, parent participation, homework assignments, and words read each contributed to student learning.
    The teachers were extremely excited about the tools I taught them to used; they felt that they finally had some insight as to the causes of low student performance and the six sigma approach gave them an opportunity to identify solutions.
    Unfortunately, when my wife retired from the school in 2004, I was unable to get the new principal to follow through with what we had started.
    I hope this helps!
    Art Lawrence
     

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    #109230

    Art
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    Arvind, I’d like the excel spreadsheet!  Could you please forward it to me at [email protected]?  thanks!

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    #109031

    Art
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    Hi Indresh, please if you have any further information about viable HR and/or training projects I would be most interested.  Thanks!
    Art

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    #100174

    Art
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    One of the more familiar problems in business today is how to implement Six Sigma in small and medium-sized companies.
    This is a serious issue because larger companies are beginning to mandate Six Sigma to their supply base as a condition of doing future business. The problem arises when small and mid-sized organizations solicit deployment proposals from Six Sigma consulting companies only to learn that the traditional Six Sigma implementation approach can require millions of dollars in investment, dedication of their best full time resources, and training of the masses.
     
    Those who have experienced this situation have found that this approach to Six Sigma is unrealistic for smaller and mid-sized organizations–such as your firm. But there still exists a real need to bring smaller and mid-sized companies into the Six Sigma fold, because together they might represent as much as 75%-80% of total value stream activity.
     
    The traditional top-down Black Belt implementation approach is a major barrier to entry for smaller and mid-sized companies, and it doesn’t need to be. There is an alternative Six Sigma deployment model called the Six Steps to Six Sigma.  Motorola originally pioneered it and it allows smaller and mid-sized organizations to implement at a cost and pace where they can actually grasp the methodology and achieve benefits, without the significant resource commitment and overhead structure of the Black Belt approach which can easily reach a million dollars or more. As a result, these organizations are able to achieve faster and more impressive benefits than their larger customers.
     
    One Size Fits All? — NOT!
    One observation I’ve made about the Six Sigma implementation process is that the majority of benefits are not derived from Black Belts – they are generated at the Green and Yellow Belt level. Another observation is that Black Belts and Yellow Belts are interchangeable for about 65% of the organization’s Six Sigma opportunities. Using a Yellow Belt approach, embodied in the Six Steps to Six Sigma, addresses many of the constraints of smaller and mid-sized companies and allows them to implement at a less costly, more manageable pace. These organizations become just as technically skilled as their larger company counterparts; in fact, many are outperforming their larger customers in terms of both financial results and cultural transformation.
     
    Six Steps to Six Sigma – How It Works
     
    The following is a brief overview explanation of a Six Steps to Six Sigma deployment and execution process, which I recommend for smaller and mid-sized organizations.
     

    It begins with elevating senior management awareness on the procedure and benefits of the Six Sigma process.  At this time the strategy and implementation approach are aligned with the organization’s strategic business plan, focusing on customer requirements.  Also at this step a Steering Committee is established to create, foster and ensure application of the Six Sigma process through out the organization.
     

    Here implementation planning is completed.  This includes establishing baseline performance factors, expected performance/financial improvements, communicating program goals, implementation strategies, and developing training schedules for all employees. Employees and management are brought into the training in natural or functional work groups. 
     

    In the training, they learn about the Six Steps to Six Sigma process, methodology, and tools.  This course is designed to help organizations reach their goal of Total Customer Satisfaction through the attainment of reduced cycle time yielding high levels of quality.  It does this by showing how functions can increase the extent to which their work meets the expectations of the people they do it for—their customers. 
     

    Training and team formation are begun concurrently.  In the training employees learn the specific methodology in resolving differences in product/service expectations, so those mistakes, which lead to customer dissatisfaction, can be minimized.  Emphasis is on learning ways of achieving extremely high levels of quality (on the order of 3 to 4 defects per million or Six Sigma) and gives participants a chance to start applying it right away to their own work. 
     
     

    Upon completion of the training, the natural work group is the yellow belt action team.  The team sets about applying the six-step methodology to improve their major product or service. They identify customers, suppliers and their critical requirements, define value vs. non-value added activities via process analysis, improve the cycle time by removing defect causing, non-value added tasks, and implement quality performance measures, to assure continuous improvement: kaizen. The team continues this approach focusing on their other products or services for improvement.
     

    Later in the progress of the program, certain individuals in the team may be transitioned to the next level of Six Sigma achievement. Some selected team members are developed into Green or Black Belts based on need.

    An example of this is approach is the Thybar Corporation in Addison, IL a supplier to the HVAC industry.  Trane, a major customer of Thybar, was insisting that Thybar adopt the Six Sigma methodology.  However, the investment to embrace the traditional Back Belt approach that Trane was taking was too prohibitive for Thybar.  In January of this year they started implementing the Six Steps to Six Sigma with all of their employees and management with significant bottom line results.  Each training workshop yields 25-30 implementable

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