• SSNewby replied to the topic Posts by Stan in the forum General 18 years, 4 months ago

    What are you proposing?   A nice neat little socially acceptable forum in which we offer technically sound advice and opinions and stay away from expressions of personality or emotion?  Like it or not, the way you say something communicates as much as the thought being expressed.   If an expert tells me something and says it in an exasperated mann…[Read more]

  • SSNewby replied to the topic mu? in the forum General 18 years, 4 months ago

    Lighten up.  Don’t take it personally.  It’s a group of people with common interests (albeit using assumed names and caustic wit) expressing themselves with humor and giving their own opinions as they are giving you the information that you asked for.   There are quite a few axes being ground and flailed here, e.g., CSSBB exa…[Read more]

  • Hmmm…
    As hesitant as I am to wade into this thread, please allow me, a fellow PhD, to comment.  I find that I learn a lot from Stan, Mike, Dr. Steve, Darth, and others who try (even with a blasting humor at times) to actually give Six Sigma insights.   I find myself ignoring comment tone and pokes at each other when it’s given in the co…[Read more]

  • When we started our Six Sigma program we wasted many days debating calculating sigma levels (how, when, where, why) for processes, products, plants, etc., and finally came to the conclusion that we already had the metrics that were significant for determining where we had major opportunities for improvement.   We needed to get to work pr…[Read more]

    My company’s approach has been to require senior leadership to attend Six Sigma leadership training, program champions to attend champion training, and the Black Belts and Green Belts to complete their respective training.  The leaders are the various VP’s and Sr. VP’s and the champions are the plant managers and directors reporting into the…[Read more]

  • David,
    While somewhat self-promoting, your response was professional and to the point.   I liked your “step to the plate and identify yourself if you have a problem” approach.   I would not expect you to identify the caller, but if you would respond with another posting to let us know whether or not your protagonist had the guts to call and st…[Read more]

  • Yep.   Don’t get so hung up on structuring an intriguing multivariate analysis, tweaking input factors, and assessing the impact to the system that you lose track of the fact that your issue is more than likely identifying sources of process variance and eliminating them.   A lesson learned…

  • SSNewby replied to the topic Value of Certification in the forum General 18 years, 5 months ago

    I agree fully with your thoughts.  Our path was to train executive Leadership, Champions, and then Green Belts and Black Belts concurrently.     This gave the senior management team the capacity to talk the talk and begin the process of walking the talk.   
    The one week training for the Green Belts and the five month + training for the Black B…[Read more]

  • The University of Texas Medical Center’s MD Anderson Hospital in Houston used Six Sigma successfully in straightening out the logistics and process flow for their radiology department. 
     I think you have hit on an interesting dichotomy in that many universities now profess to have expertise, and belief, in Six Sigma and are busy training and ce…[Read more]

  • SSNewby replied to the topic Value of Certification in the forum General 18 years, 5 months ago

    All of which are, as you intended, excellent arguments in support of Green Belt training.    It’s not the Land of the Blind, but it’s a very dark terrain out there.

  • As tempted as I was to say, “well EXCUUUSE meeee….”, you were right, I derailed your posting and probably kept others from tracking with your information request.   As the topic of Six Sigma use in university settings interests me also, I’ll see if I can find out anything relevant (I’ll only repost if I do).

  • K.Sathya Narayanan,
    Yes.  I see that now.   Thanks for pointing it out.  I’d missed the indication that it was a 1994 journal article extract.  
    I was mostly curious as to whether or not the Socrates program had something new on the horizon.   I was in the Fulbright program a few years back, and although I very much appreciated the opportuni…[Read more]

  • K.Sathya Narayanan,
    I enjoyed reading your posting, but, out of curiosity, why did you refer to the SOCRATES Program as the “proposed” SOCRATES Program.   While more universities are coming on board with the program and some already participating are adding applicable courses, to my understanding, the SOCRATES Program is already in place and v…[Read more]

  • I think you are missing the point.  It’s all about what you accomplish after you are trained with the Six Sigma methodology and are working on projects.   All that really matters is the of contribution that you make to your organization.  It does not matter what you are titled or called, if you can’t deliver – you are not doing your job, if you…[Read more]

  • Gemma,
    Try Google Boolean searches using “six sigma” + “lean” +”annual report” or some variant until you get what you need.
    Also, go to UMI Digital Dissertations at   log in answering that you are in academia and enter six sigma or six sigma and lean into the word search – for title and then for text key w…[Read more]

  • MBB Facts,
    I agree with your recommendations, and would add “Six Sigma Leadership Handbook” by Rath and Strong for good insights into effective Six Sigma program management.

  • One of the better clarifications of “opportunities” is in the following isixsigma article:
    By Gary Cone
    What Is Value Added With Respect To Opportunity Counting?There are three simple rules:

    The product or service is changed by the process (automatically excludes test and inspection).
    The change must be of value to the customer.
    Right f…[Read more]

  • JV
    You are missing a link between Six Sigma and data warehousing and that’s the use of sophisticated data mining algorithms to find missing analysis elements embedded in the data massed in a data warehouse.  Data warehouses can be structured using relational databases and structured vaults, shelves, templates, etc., to provide effective ad hoc q…[Read more]

  • Thanks Mike.  Sounds reasonable and challenging.   It was good to read your explanation and rationale.   It will help us respect our Six Sigma comrades as we continue to challenge logic and process.  

  • Gee Rog, now I feel bad.  I was just kidding, albeit in a somewhat snotty and, evidently, too abstract way.  And, of course, after thinking about it, I sincerely apologize for being obtuse.  
     I chose fractals as an analogy when I really meant to describe a collection of mentally flagellating repetitive mono-positional techno-crap.   Hope that helped.

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