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  • #57452

    Jaybee
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    Agree with Adam,
    Colm at Palamo has been there, done it & got the badge – you wont go far wrong using his organisation to delelop yourself / organisation.
     
    regards
    JayBee

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    #165186

    Jaybee
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    W.A
     
    “The concept seems to be still in its infancy in Non-US countries”
    incorrect on many accounts, the main one being that most of the ‘founding’ organisations of 6S are multinationals & as such their ‘concept’ crept out of the US & touched on most of their non-US facilities / plants etc.
    moreover, it has to be remembered that the quantitative tools within the DMAIC methodolody have been around (worldwide, not just in the US) a hell of a lot longer than Six Sigma has been.
     
    getting back to your original question though, it has basically been answered & there is no definitive answer as its horses for courses within organisations & across organisations & not to mention the amount of shysters passing themselves off as “expert consultants” who will certify all & sundry for the smell of a greenback.
     
    JayBee

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    #125949

    Jaybee
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    I am absolutely & utterly 100% behind Andy U on this one, for those of you who are not in our great island at present may not realize the fervour (& the importance) to sports fans in the UK that’the ashes’ mean to us, especially now we have compiled a team that is actually capable of taking the treasured urn off the aussies, i suggest less directed banter towards Andy U this weekend & into Monday (which is a holiday in the UK) so he can sit back & enjoy our national sport.
    Best regards
    Jaybee

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    #125741

    Jaybee
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    Hi Tanmoy,
    I am feeling in a generous mood today (don’t know why as the day at work has been garbage) anyhoo, post your e-mail address on here & i will send you an example of a full regression model – although its manufacturing based, it doesn’t really matter however.
    It will be tomorrow sometime (if i haven’t emigrated by then!)
    Jaybee

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    #125705

    Jaybee
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    I would also like to add that the ‘better’ BB’s / MBB’s have excellent presentation & oral skills, are good at captivating their audience & when training people, make sure that the ‘next wave’ had a totally enjoyable experience in their training. It is also fair to say that a really good BB can talk to people & explain rationale, by this i mean speaking to the operators at shopfloor level, all the way upto CEO’s – without baffling with stats.
     
    my 2p
    J

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    #125653

    Jaybee
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    JAB,
    Depends on what you want to ‘sample’ the bog standard answer is usally 30 data points….
     
    Jaybee

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    #125651

    Jaybee
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    Hi Andy U,
    From memory, you are in the London area, i suggest killer eels are nowhere near as harmful as jellied eels – yukkkkk….
    Jaybee

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    #125307

    Jaybee
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    Agree with Trev,
    GB’s aren’t (usually) full time 6s professionals, they retain their salary for the job they are currently doing, eg – Logistics manager / IT manager etc etc, whilst carrying out a project typically 20% of their time, they MAY get a bonus for completion of a project, but they MAY not. They tend NOT to get a salary increase once they become a GB, but it WILL increase their chance of a salary increase for the future. BB’s, on the other hand can be a minefield when it comes to salary, sometimes a BB is promoted from within a company & WILL probably gain a salary increase (i actually chose to be a BB way back & actually took a salary DECREASE short term). BB’s that move from one company to another are the most likely to gain the greatest salary rise, but there are potential pitfalls to go with this (see a previous thread on hiring BB to train personnel)
    J

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    #125305

    Jaybee
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    Hi Paul,
    Maybe a good idea for you is to look at Meredith Belbins ‘teams & team behaviours’. Another thing to look at is the ‘team wheel’ (apologies for not reciting the author). Reading some of these works (plus i appreciate there are oodles of other excellent team characteristic / behaviour authors) will give you some insight into the kind of personality, strengths & weaknesses, abilities etc that will aid you in building up your team.
    Hope this helps
    J

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    #125230

    Jaybee
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    I agree,
    but they were both refreshing, Human F – keep up the latest edge that you have acquired, it is first rate – congrats….
     
    Jaybee…

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    #125204

    Jaybee
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    Hi BG,
    You can use any variable control chart that is fit for purpose, however, you need to make sure the ‘testers’ can actually measure correctly, for that reason you need to conduct MSA, variable gage RnR, if unsure about how to do it / what is required, check out this website.
    Use the Anova method as opposed to the Xbar & R while conducting the gage RnR, it is more accurate & considers the interaction between the part & the operator.
    hope it helps.
    J

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    #125203

    Jaybee
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    Simple the BB,
    Agreed,
    Sometimes a quick win is something that needs doing & can be done quickly & with little effort, but the guys who could do it (process ops / supervisors / Engineers etc) sometimes have more ‘urgent’ things to do. For this reason a GB / BB / Lean guy can nip in & get the job done, say within 2 weeks (or less) there may not be any big $$$’s savings, but its another bug bear put to bed.
    Sometimes known as a JDI (Just Do It)
    J

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    #125146

    Jaybee
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    IE Student,
    No problem, maybe you could check out some of the advertised job sites on this website for the States.
    I also know that there are some big US multinationals that run graduate schemes (also employing recently graduated personnel) the one from the top of my head would be Johnson Controls (only from memory) i believe they are based in Milwaukee, but have sites countrywide, check out their site to see if they have anything interesting for you….
    J

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    #125142

    Jaybee
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    IE Student,
    No, I was never a GB, I was involved in project teams when 6s kicked off in my previous company(1999/2000), from a QA perspective. I then applied for & became a BB. The thing is all companies are different, where i worked a BB was 100% in 6s, a GB was trained nearly the same as a BB (BB was 5 days per phase training, GB was 3 days per phase training, but still received the ‘main’ tool training like FMEA/C&E/DOE/etc etc) The GB retained his/her position & ran one project alongside their day to day job.
    There were some GB’s that applied more tools & had more knowledge than BB’s & vice versa, some GB’s projects were real big $$$’s savings & the occasional one was more complex than a BB project (not often, but it did happen)
    As i previously indicated, myself (as an employer) would personally not be influenced by the colout belt you were, but more by what you knew & how you used the tools to perform & achieve breakthrough improvements & sustained them. For this reason i would concentrate on focusing your resume on what you have achieved on your project (s) to date, what tools you have used / how you understand what tool to use when & how you drove the project forward when times were rough (i prefer to hear someone telling me how they got through the bad times, rather than hearing about how good they are) & do not dangle the ‘belt’ word too much (tell if asked)
    It is worth considering going for your BB certificate, but again, only to pacify companies that prefer to see a certificate, rather than the potential. Most importantly, gain the real life experience.
    To be honest, i would prefer to employ a GB with a broader range of skills in whatever field (QA/Management.Engineering/IT etc) with other qualifications, than to employ a person who has just a BB certificate & no other real experience.
    Once you get into the interview mode, it is then that you can sell your knowledge & experience gained.
    hope this helps, let me know if more info is required.
    J
     

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    #125137

    Jaybee
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    Hi IE Student,
    Again, i would like to say (with my employer’s hat on) i would like to see both the project (very small overview of tools used in phases – maybe only 2 – 3 lines on resume) & also where / when etc you obtained your training. I would be more interested in what you have done, but also what you know.
    You could then put on your resume ‘full project report submitted upon request’ that way if your potential employer wants to look at your report, you can take it along with you.
    I have just dug this out from a CV from mine dating back to 2001 –
    Using Six Sigma statistical tools and techniques in order to achieve increased process performance and in turn business effectiveness, both in operational & transactional projects. Total management on projects undertaken. Tools used include DOE/FMEA/SPC & various modern practices to create accurate project plans to ensure that project performance is monitored and all financial targets are achieved. The Six Sigma Storyboard is used on all projects undertaken (RDMAIC – Recognise/Define/Measure/Analyse/Improve & Control)
    Assistant in training & mentoring of Greenbelts.
    It did me no harm!!!
    hope it helps
    J

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    #125135

    Jaybee
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    Wise words Darth,
    It is vital the the learning is converted into reality (as with most things in life i guess)
    That is why it is imperative that real life projects are worked on to cement the learning – it also allows for your fingers to get burnt at times.
    There will be arguments that can rage until the end of time about ‘who is the best to train 6s’ but at the end of the day, it does not really mattter, what matters is what you have (or have not – ref; the fingers burnt!) acheived in ‘real time’ on real projects – that is a measure of how good you are as a BB/WB/MBB/GB/YB – whateverB.
    Sitting in a class learning (& possibly passing BB/GB exams with 1st class marks) will never ever replace real time, real projects – as dont forget, how do you know how to become a leader or how you will handle certain situations on a project (or with team member / snr.manager / VP etc) sitting behind a desk.
    Going out there & asking companies if you can ply your learning (free of charge is a great carrot!) on a real life project will enhance your career no end. Think about it in an interview “you say you were certified by a Uni – have you done a project?” – “yes, i contacted company XX & i did this/that etc” imagine how impressed the prospective interviewer will be!!
    my 2 p
    J

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    #125078

    Jaybee
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    Hi Kingpin,
    What appears to be the problem with Minitab?
    are you entering the data into the correct fields (part no. / operators / measurement data) ? are you using crossed/nested? Anova / Xbar & R method? what is the error on Minitab telling you?
    it may be that the issue is a stacking one.
    let me know, if its an actual Minitab thing i am sure i (if i can find it!) or someone can send you an Excel equivalent
    Regards
    J

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    #56727

    Jaybee
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    Hi Paul,
    Very surprised to see you out of work, with your relevant history.
    I am almost certain that ripe4 have advertised for a CI/BB role in Manchester, check out their site.
    Also, Paloma recruiting is another place you may consider, i know they are not hacks as a former MBB from where i used to work is there & he had a excellent reputation as an MBB – again, check out their site.
    good luck for the future & post if succesful
    Jaybee

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    #56726

    Jaybee
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    Dear Aditi,
    i would be very interested in information you have regarding the faliure of six sigma at Alcatel i.e. why it failed / the reasons / how they tried to deploy it etc etc
    Thanks in advance
    Jaybee.

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    #123843

    Jaybee
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    Tottow,
    & how did you find it? is it good / bad / indifferent? i just had a quick look & it appears to be similar to Minitab (apart from it pre-sets ‘phase’)
    don’t put yourself down, you may not be a moron – maybe just a little insecure…….
    Jaybee ‘$500 an hour”

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    #123830

    Jaybee
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    Kirk,
    fine detective work,
    either way i have not heard of this package.
    Kapil,
    tut tut, you seem to be infringing ‘code 2’ the shame……
    Jaybee

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    #123802

    Jaybee
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    Mike,
    I have just e-mailed SB asking if he was Mike Buckle!!
    He probably told you about our communications yesterday!
    Its a difficult situation that you 2 have been put in, if your management team are adamant & will not be budged, then you 2 just need to make it clear (but subtlely) to the management that their plans may not be the best way forward.
    Have you spoke to your MBB about it? ask his opinion.
    I have already told SB that i will help out with anything (as a mate) that i can, if you need help (with training mat. / files etc) he has my home & work e-mail.
    Is there any others out there (Stan / Darth) that may like to suggest any help in this difficult situation…..
    Jaybee

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    #123799

    Jaybee
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    Hi Mike,
    This question is really spooky as i was actually speaking to an ex – work colleague (& friend if its you SB!) just yesterday on this & my advice was to tell the senior management that their hair brained idea of trying to train GB’s without any statsistical tools was doomed to failure from the start…..i notice that you never mentioned training them analyze phase?? my advice is to either train them in everything or nothing.
    All i can suggest is to give them an overview of six sigma, tell them what every phase entails / why certain tools are used in each phase etc. You could also train then in non statistical tools like C&E / FMEA etc, but think of this, the BB’s will end up doing all of the GB work on top of their own projects, they will be delayed because of the extra workload, management saying “six sigma is garbage” & your position as a BB will be in jeopardy.
    I understand that your company may not have funds, but the senior management wanting to tell the world that they have ‘GB’ working for them is just ridiculous.
    Think of this – your company spends eg. $10000 training GB’s correctly (say 5 GB’s – that will include Minitab) each of the 5 GB’s projects COPQ & potential savings are eg. $2000 (absolute minimum – remember, you are new to six sigma, there will be a lot of big & easy gains early on) hey presto – the training has more than paid for itself within 6 months – you have 5 GB’s who have worked on ‘live’ projects, everyone is happy + your position is solidified within the company – then your company can actually say “we have 5 GB’s working for us” & feeling proud that they had the balls to find a few thousand dollars – doing it the other way (their original idea) actually shows that the senior management are thinking short term & not strategically…..
    My advice to my colleague yesterday was ‘if the senior management want to stick to their crazy idea, tell them beforehand that it will not work & in a years time, do not blame six sigma for being garbage, blame yourselves for not thinking properly’
    hope it helps
    Jaybee

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    #123736

    Jaybee
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    Very interesting, although there are no real facts behind the main page & once i saw the word ‘pyramid’ i thought “close”
    i particularly liked the passage “threats, intimidation & fear do not motivate employees” come on, own up – who has been chastising people to;
    A) be part of a project team
    B) try & strengthen their postion in the market by using 6s methodology
    i had to stop reading as the bolshy rhetoric was putting me to sleep.
     
    yours drowsily
    Jaybee  zz

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    #123720

    Jaybee
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    Darth,
    supersized with a box of Nuggets on the side…
    do you finish by saying the obligatory & monotone “your welcome” ?
    Jaybee

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    #123644

    Jaybee
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    Darth,
    lol, “i am the expert MBB from my company, what do you careabout with our product X?” (reply) “i respect that you are an expert, but would you mind not wearing a fig leaf to the meeting please”
    “ok, i will send along the newest recruit” in walks a guy with an astronaut suit on (or similar full body regalia) “hello, i am the new recruit – a white belt if you will, erm, what is six sigma?”
    ho ho
    Jaybee

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    #123634

    Jaybee
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    Hi Ellis,
    sorry to disappoint that ‘somebody’ but they are clearly wrong…..in a man sized way.
    Think about it.
    eg. a set of random (but ascending)data (for ease of example);
    5,9,9,9,12,13,13,17,19,19,21,24,26
    Median = 13
    Mean = 15 (.076)
    Mode = 9
    my 2 penneth
    Jaybee

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    #123627

    Jaybee
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    Raman,
    As Stan’s reply suggests, there is no ‘world leader’ for certification, using world class consultancies that are reputable is usually seen as the best way – or being certified by a multinational with good reputation (GE/Motorola/Allied etc) often helps.
    Stan has added another dimension to ‘normal’ 6s training, his phases are D.M.A.I.C.S, Sarcasm is the new phase, its worth paying for it as you actually get a tomato (for your nose) a pair of oversized trousers (with braces) and a huge pair of shoes, oh, and a cream pie – all for $199 extra.
    Jaybee

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    #123625

    Jaybee
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    Hi Mike,
    First & foremost, you need total confidence in your 2 BB’s to deliver the training effectively & professionally, the need to know the training material inside out, as they will be asked questions non stop, if they cannot answer then & there, they have to make sure they come back with an answer ASAP.
    If the 2 BB’s are able to deliver the training, this will save you $$$’s.
    You will need the actual training information (the 2 BB’s may already have this in place) training workbooks (cheap enough to print off, again if the 2 BB’s have a training workbook in place that aligns to the training info) data files set up in Minitab (for use as examples for GB’s to use)
    Depending on how many GB’s you are wanting to train, Minitab offers a discount for group booking (get it on each laptop) maybe as cheap as $500 per laptop / then a rolling annual fee.i would give each person Minitab, as its a pain training people without them having it, its hard enough for people to grasp the stats, without them worrying about how they actually get to the stats – the BB’s can talk each module through with the class eg “can everybody open Minitab & do the following Stat-quality tools etc etc” that way people can really get a feel for it.
    The BB’s will need the usual as well….projector / flip chart / pens / patience!!
    So basically, your biggest cost would be Minitab
    Training aids are required (statapult – $250 (ish) + balls / elastic etc)
    or whatever the BB’s think best (shouldn’t cost a fortune)
    hope this helps
    Jaybee

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    #123624

    Jaybee
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    Shame on you all,
    I bet some of you have pasted your sigma calculator onto a PPT show at the end of a project & the sigma value has been eg. 3.46, but you have then put in a callout saying “sigma = 5.2” whilst having the point of the callout covering the 3.46 on the actual calculator, in the hope that no one notices & you quickly skip to the next slide, tut tut tut!!
    As long as you have satisfied the project team / management team / customers that you have made some breakthrough, i think it is fair to say that most people have ‘manipulated’ a little data in their time, those who say they haven’t are talking BS
    Jaybee.
     

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    #123599

    Jaybee
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    I am glad someone is joining me…..
    but your answer was correct, several times over in fact!!
     
    enjoy the bud
    Jaybee

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    #123594

    Jaybee
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    John / Darth,
    I was writing the last post as Darth flew in with his reply! very similar (& i like the idea of the np for a week) apart from i forgot to mention c chart……tut tut, having one of them bad hair days
    best of luck in your trial…
    Jaybee

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    #123592

    Jaybee
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    Hi John,
    Number of different defects on an individual can = U chart, this is an attribute chart for poisson data (no. of defects per sample)
    i.e 1 can = 3 indent/ 2 scratches etc.
    P chart is binomial attribute (good can / bad can) i.e. 125 checked for defective cans, 22 ng from your first inspector(cant be bothered to work out the Proportion defective for that, but its looks about 18%), then the next inspector goes & checks 200 cans (he’s not as lazy as the 1st guy) & gets 17 defective & so on for each inspector, then chart as P.
    (the control limits will automatically be worked out for all charts using Minitab)
    NP = same principal, but constant sample size – 3 QC inspectors check exactly 100 (or whatever) cans for defective ones.(the lazy guy has to check the same amount as the rest of the inspectors)
    you mention that the QC ‘notify the area responsible’ for creating the defective cans, so you know which area are causing these defects?
    you need to find out roughly what % failure you have on your cans before thinking about how many cans should be inspected using a sampling plan, but i guess that it will be a real significant amount.
    If your cans go through various process steps, you might want to think about rolled throughput yield & Defect Per Million Opportunities – just a thought. (there are some real good links on this site for more info on those 2 points)
    you could even Pareto by defect i.e. dents/scratches or whatever defect you are seeing.
    Maybe best for you to put a proportion defect on the forum for more significant feedback regarding sampling plan
    I am also worried about traceability? – do you mean the cans themselves have no traceability? or the defects.
    post more info, as i know Darth has a super dooper easy to use sampling plan…….
    Jaybee (formerly known as another John)

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    #123586

    Jaybee
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    of course you are right in that sense!
    back to the tequila & yet another type error for me…..
     
    Jaybee ‘Phd in best be going back to the ‘John’ handle’

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    #123584

    Jaybee
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    Ray,
    The null = teaching management in stats, the alt was not teaching them the stats / i rejected the null…….
    good luck in showing them ‘the light’
    Jaybee…

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    #123578

    Jaybee
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    Ray – the real deal,
    I reject your null hypothesis,
    I suspect that people that have been in the game 5 / 10 years + (30 years may be a little bit long – even for Stan) still use stats to make decisions.
    I also reject the null that management need to know the stats, they don’t want to be overburdened with figures, bottom line is usually enough to kep them occupied –  giving some management an overview / insight is usually enough.
    Failt to reject the null – i agree that communication is vital & your heart felt rally cry =  <0.05 'share the knowledge' maybe, but not enough to knock 'em to sleep.
    your last paragraph about ‘your company does not truly accept six sigma’ is probably true of most companies in reality, unless it has ‘truly’ be proven to work for them. I am not so sure i get what you mean in the last sentence of your last paragraph? your company does not truly accept six sigma, but your leaders think statistically???
    Seems like a bit of a double negative to me, where are the stats in a good old fashioned C&E or FMEA (RPN aside) where are the stats in recognize or define?
    my 2 cents
    Jaybee

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