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  • #189605

    Rj
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    Additionally you can contact me offline and I can assist you as well.
    [email protected]
    RJ

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    #189591

    Rj
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    UoCS makes some excellent suggestions however you must be very careful to assure yourself the “y’s” you are tryiong to move are really a function of the “x’s”. That is, in this field what may appear to be cause and effect are not really related. That is, because you once found a good candidate from jobs.com you may not be able to repeat that. In this project each occurence could be random. Just warning you to examine your presumed “x’s” carefully.

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    #189554

    Rj
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    Is there any reason this could not have been resolved with a communication between your friend and Ninesigma? Why did it become a post in this forum? Feels a lot like an advertisement.

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    #189358

    Rj
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    And what position at BMG do you hold?
    PS: They’re not a university.

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    #189357

    Rj
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    John, aren’t you glad that approach isn’t taken with dentists, attorneys, accountants, appraisers, real estate agents, project managers, commercial property managers and the hundreds of other professions? Why should we not make an effort to professionalize our industry?

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    #189349

    Rj
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    You make a number of good points yet I would challenge you on “certification”. We have no standard in the LSS industry so your references to that issue are simply your interpretation of what “certification” should mean. This is one of our major deficiencies – each person has their own definition. About time we agreed and standardized – don’t you think?

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    #189345

    Rj
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    Agreed hb. That is the only practical, time-sensitive solution to being unemployed. Now is not the time to be prissy; deficiencies can be corrected later – once you’re eating again.

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    #189342

    Rj
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    So john, how about suggesting a solution?
    Apparently it’s your belief that Jason should attend an open enrollment BB class with a known training firm, cost around $5000 +/-, then find multiple projects to conduct with non-profits or consenting companies. This will take, what, 14 to 20 months. Then he’ll be a competent BB and can get a good job. Is this what you’re suggesting? Is this really the path you believe he should take?

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    #189332

    Rj
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    Pal, there’s a great deal of merit to your position relative to completing a project. That is, one should demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge.
    However, the challenge comes in moving from concept to application. Please define what is acceptable – one project or more, how many tools, DOE or not, how is the “project” validated (who do you trust to evaluate it?), what are all the metrics for acceptability or not, who administers it, how do you get past proprietary information, etc.
    The concept is great. Now how do you put such a thing into practice – and make it robust, consistent, validated….?

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    #189318

    Rj
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    Yes, this idea is great in theory – but difficult to pull off. Doing a project involves, typically, a significant amount of proprietary information. Even when you volunteer to conduct the project for no charge many will not open their treasure chests. Non-profits might be more open however you likely will need to be very close to someone in the organization even for that to work.

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    #189312

    Rj
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    Post your email address and you will likely get some good input. Try to play this out in the forum and it will immediately detriorate into a slugfest. Too many vested interests and self-appointed watchdogs.

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    #189305

    Rj
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    john, when one turns 360 degrees they return to where they started. I believe you meant he turned 270 degrees to his right, right?

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    #189265

    Rj
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    Tyler, not being part of a corporate deployment of SS you have rather limited choices; online, open enrollment or self-instruction. Online and open enrollment programs may have project assistance, or mentoring, available however you will find this very expensive. You may self-instruct and do a project or not.
    You can then seek certification from either asq.org or iassc.org; although asq requires a project affidavit.
    Seems since you are seeking SS certification to improve your job search, versus say maximizing your skills in SS immediately, then you need to compare cost and speed of the various approaches.
    If you so choose, you can improve your knowledge/abilities with SS later. At least as I read your post it is a job you need right now. Best wishes.

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    #135114

    Rj
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    What is the difference between Kaizen and Work Out?  Are they essentially the same?

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    #116428

    Rj
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    Hi Balaji,
    My contact is [email protected]
    Thanking you in advance.
     

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    #94056

    Rj
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    Geoff, thanks for your input. So, depending on your product, it might not be unreasonable to expect a 1% reduction from 1.5% in scrap; that would be a significant number. Our scrap dollars as a percent of sales is declining; but of course we have problematic reasons for scrap.
     
    We have been using Crosby’s QES system to train everyone periodically and have formed work teams in each area that use a 5-step process to address problems. Our process is similar to the DMAIC model but we do tend to “backslide” when we move on to other issues. Cross-functional teams that are formed to address specific issues in particular have this problem.
     

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    #93566

    Rj
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    Praveen, our profit is about 15%.

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    #93558

    Rj
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    Praveen, that’s a good question; I’ll have to get back to you.

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    #87604

    Rj
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    Sounds like typical problems seen in a number of businesses. The fact that you see them is the biggest part of solving them. There have been some good previous recommendations regarding how to start.
     

    You as the business owners need to determine what your goals are and where you think the biggest impact will be to the bottom line. You can not start everywhere at once so focus and get your employees involved. Communicate what you are doing and why as they will see it and need to know that this will add job security and not detract from it.
    You have highlighted some basic places to start (i.e. SOPs, money left on the table, etc.)
    Getting sales people involved is good, but there seems to be an area to focus on here as well. How do you know money is left on the table and why is it left.
    Have each department start by creating their SOPs and move from there into project teams implementing improvements where needed in a controlled method to attain the desired results.
     
    Hope this helpsrj MBB

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    #80154

    Rj
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    In our organization we acutually have a seperate team for our Black Belts with a director overseeing all the projects.  We then work with every champion in our organization and have a MBB for mentoring.  This structure allows us to work for all business units, instead of just one particular champion.  It allows us as Black Belts to understand the overall business goals by working with different business units in our company. 

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    #79970

    Rj
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    what if you move your B/E hard limit up to 7500 from 5000.  if your test market can satisfy the new break even @ 7500, does that statistically equate to 3.4 chance in 1 million that you will not succeed ?
    or am i stretching the six sigma out of its applicability?
    RJ

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    #79922

    Rj
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    ???

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    #79921

    Rj
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    Thanks for your reply.  I’m a novice to the Six Sigma approach; I’m taking it for a MBA class. 
    But the question for me is if I set a higher Break Even target (7500), say six standard deviations above my real threshold (5000) …. this, I believe will make profits more difficult to come by.  Thus, if my market research satisfies the new higher 7,500 then isn’t here only a 3.4 chance out of 1 million that the new product introduction will fail ??
    I understand that Six Sigma is more of customer satisfaction and operations management.  However, do you think it could be properly applied in this scenario??
    Raj
     
     

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    #78956

    Rj
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    Most businesses grew out of different-times-for-different places and it may seem to you that it is an un-systemic culture. However I am sure you will find it has s system, it just may not be a process oriented. By implementing 6 Sigma you will change the culture. I have found that a number of individuals in any business gravitate toward being more efficient, focused, and process oriented. However, prior to the implementation to 6 Sigma they did not have a regimented company process to follow, 6 Sigma offers this process guidance. To try to address the cultural issues first is hard, as it takes awhile for behavior change to take place and to in turn change the culture. The DMAIC process offers the guidelines for individuals to use to help change the culture. Take it one step at a time and you will be amazed at the change in a couple of months.

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    #69811

    Rj
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    I agree the cost is high, although when I did research I found a great non-profit company in Mass. that was the teaching to the ASQ body of knowledge. The co is Quality & Productivity Solutions in Oxford Mass. (508) 987-3800. The person’s name is Jay Patel
    I have been using consultants to implement the 6-sigma program. I have been trained as a GB & BB. My plan was to attain the MBB certification to officially teach it at my company. I have an extensive training, Organizational development, and quality background.  Unfortunately after 9/11 all use of consultants was cancelled.  I now will be creating my own program to fill the needs of my company.
    The benefits of the 6 Sigma program was a foundation to help change the culture and move into a better business philosophy. This can be risky for anyone implementing as this process impacts so many different variables of the business and you are a change catalyst. The consultants helped me set the foundation. Now I am able to move forward and build the structrue. I have my second set of teams starting, I have tools on the intranet, all the appropriate processes set up to support the business process.
    RJ
     

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    #69434

    Rj
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    Mike,
     Where can I find copy of this article. Thanks.
    RJ

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    #69420

    Rj
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    Would it be possible for me to get a copy of the report with the company name removed? I do not want confidential data, but I would love to see what it looks like.
     
    Thank you for your time and assistance
    Rj

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    #68747

    Rj
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    Dr Antony
    If you would be so kind as to add my name to the growing list to attain a copy of this case study.
    Thank you for your time and assistance.
    rj

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    #68685

    Rj
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    Hi,
    I am just implementing 6 Sigma at my company and I would love to see what ever you have also.
     
    Thanks for your time and assistance.
    rj.
     

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    #68559

    Rj
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    I find that I can spend hours in Barnes and Nobles. I want to ensure they are written well, and I can use the information. Plus, I don’t want to buy a “pig in a poke”. I have done training and written manuals so I know what I want to see. It is not only the information, but the readability and good examples of key points.  Plus if you have gone for any training, the company or consultant generally will recommend books. Caution-if they wrote them they may recommend them and they may or may not meet your needs. I have received a couple of free copies from authors and don’t use them much. I would recommend that you reveiw, before you buy.
    Websites:

    http://www.iSixSigma.com provides articles on a wealth of Six Sigma subjects as well as a virtual discussion area devoted to Six Sigma topics.

    American Society for Quality – ASQ offers a wide range of resources, including information on certification and standardshttp://www.asq.org/

    Industry Week benchmarking database: http://www.iwgc.com/research/default.asp

    National Institute of Standards and Technology: http://www.nist.gov/

    The American Production and Inventory Control Society offers information on supply chain management, including an on-line magazine: http://www.apics.org/

    The National Association of Purchasing Managers – http://www.NAPM.ORG

    An excellent statistics handbook is available free online from a partnership of SEMATECH and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology – U.S. Commerce Department) at http://www.nist.gov/itl/div898/handbook/index.htm
     
    Good luck.
    RJ

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    #68510

    Rj
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    I am implementing 6 sigma now, with the use of a consultant. You can read books and take on-line classes, but when it is your responsibility to make it work, it is worth the money to use the consultant-if they are good. How do you know they are good, I tend to use consultants recommended by someone I know.
    Additionally, classes are based on the generic example, well each project can be different enough that until you have a knowlege base it helps to have someone to run ideas etc. by.  This becomes even more critical if the implementation is your responsibility and if you do an ROI.
    I am working on my Master Black Belt certification so I can eventually take over the training.
     
    Regards,
    rj 

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