Venerable Bede


  • Wouter:
    Maybe I do not understand your question, but it seems to me that if you have the population, then forget about sampling and use the population. Then the mean and standard deviation you calculate are parameters, not statistics, so the estimation of confidence intervals does not apply, since you are not using the data to estimate or predict…[Read more]

  • Thanks for your kind words, HB (and later Stan and Mike Carnell).  It is nice to be back in the swift current  with big fish like you, Stan, Mike Carnell, Darth, Stevo, Bobby Butler, and others.  I recognize that the rest of us are simply drafting in your collective wake.

  • James:
    Stan had it right from the beginning; his first (somewhat terse) comment says all that needs to be said, but I will take this opportunity to expand (a lot) on what he is saying.  Look at it this way:
    %Contribution or %Study are supposed to examine (assuming you have selected your study parts properly) a reasonable expected range of…[Read more]

  • Alex:
    Be careful of what you ask here.  Not every company advertises their “use” of SS.  And it depends on what you mean by “use”.  A whole lot of companies have dabbled in it and claim to have projects or belts here and there.  If that is what you are looking for, the question might be, “Who hasn’t used SS?” 
    If you are looking for cult…[Read more]

  • Venerable Bede replied to the topic Summit kudos. in the forum General 12 years, 10 months ago

    I concur.  Apparently people will be telling their grandchildren about this exchange years from now.
    But it seems that this one small event has overshadowed the relentless, self-aggrandizing hyperbole emanating from Dr. Harry himself.  Threatening to fire executives…..Really!?  Labeling an entire class of mid-level managers as “B”…[Read more]

  • Venerable Bede replied to the topic Summit kudos. in the forum General 12 years, 10 months ago

    As a witness to the question, the respnse by Mike, and now the backlash it seems to me that this reaction on the part of some is illustrative.
    It is very easy for some to confuse a resistance to hearing the truth with the inability to deliver it tactfully.
    The funny thing is that the audience reacted to Mike’s response and not the question…[Read more]

  • Venerable Bede replied to the topic Summit kudos. in the forum General 12 years, 10 months ago

    Ditto hb. What I find so impressive is that the planning and execution belies the fact that this was their first event. isixsigma is a primary information gateway for the industry so they live and breathe the six sigma market. Their unequaled network of real practitioners was on display this week, creating the best conference I have seen for…[Read more]

  • Vinny, Steve, and Chad – thanks for supplying a little levity to bring us out of this morass
    Anon – your perception = reality comment was brilliant! The fact that he says this and claims to be conducting research seems to be a natural contradiction to me.  It does seem that he is trying to create his own truth by manipulating perception.
    Stan -…[Read more]

  • Wynand is right.  People who play the BB role part time are GBs and the results reflect that. BBs who repatriate into functional roles should be similar to GBs on their level – they just have a different certificate on their wall.  But when functional execution becomes the priority, firefighting becomes the norm.  The full-time BB role is an atte…[Read more]

  • Yes, it can be done. I would start by mapping the website and the potential paths that customers can take to go from the home page to commitment to buy. Then gather data from your website admin to track the various paths taken (may require sampling). Using this data try to understand which paths most frequently produced a sale and which ones…[Read more]

  • Chris:
    5-s it may be (or “mise en place” if your are a chef) but I have no doubt that use of the PACCE acronym will add unique power and vitality to the process.  Clearly Barbara’s efforts  – and even those of the broader Toyota Production System  – are for naught as they lack the ingenuity of your label. 
    Keep that torch of innovation burning.

  • Mike, George, (ironic, huh?)
    The opportunity to play voyeur to your spat has made for an enriching weekend.  But the fight seems a little bit like Mohammed Ali (Carnell) versus Sylvester Stallone (George).   
    What baffles me is why George got into the ring in the first place and then remained there!  Overpowered in experience, intellect, and rhe…[Read more]

  • I’m pretty sure that not even Six Sigma could have saved the world from the sub-prime lending crisis.  There was just too much pressure from Wall Street and too much money riding on the opportunities to achieve record profits through loans to sub-prime borrowers.  I am sure that Stan O’Neal of Merrill Lynch and Charles Prince of Citigroup pre…[Read more]

  • Deanb:
    I like most of what you said, especially about the need for culture change to make projects successful.
    And I think that reinforces my point: focus on process change to yield business impact and culture change will result (“if you build it, they will come”).  The reverse, it seems to me, doesn’t necessarily hold true.
    Have a most righteous day!

  • Mr Carnell:
    You’re right, I’m pretty much a dork.  And I need to quit trying to translate and just think in Texan.  I once had a dream in Texan but the nightmare woke me up.  I didn’t sleep for days afterward.  I just hung around reading this forum.
    Don’t knock Gödel, Escher, Bach, man, Douglas Hofsadter won the Pulitzer for that one. 
    BTW…[Read more]

  • Its the second syllable, the -dor part that is key so yes the analogy still holds.
    But of course I will say anything to placate a giant platypus capable of shooting radioactive neurotoxins from his armpits.

  • they were big sellers for a while but no really reads them anymore ….kinda like books by Jack Welch.
    Something about the wrting style….frankly I don’t see what the problem is. 
    By the way, there’s a homunculus in our midst.  Check out his post in the forum on the homepage…..

  • I know this thread has devolved to a point beyond all recognition but I have to return to the beloved “culture change” notion.
    If you happen to be in a situation where senior management embraces Six Sigma for its culture change impact alone, then congratulations on your mystical ascension into the fullest grace of Six Sigma nirvana.  And if at th…[Read more]

  • Stevo & Mike:
    I think I died in 735 in Durham, England.  I wish I could take credit for the chanting, but there wasn’t much singing going on in my day given all the fun that the Anglos, Saxons and Jutes were creating.
    There was, however some chanting happening among the Franks at that time under Charlemagne’s predecessor but it never of…[Read more]

  • and the fish on Mars don’t have bones, regardless of the wavelength

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