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  • cheezer replied to the topic SixSigma in the forum General 13 years, 1 month ago

    You know the old joke:
    Why is the Navy so much more efficient than the Army & Air Force?
    Answer:  Because you can’t build a golf course next to an aircraft carrier.
    Doesn’t the army have a six sigma program already? I’ve seen project reviews from them before. Google “Army six sigma” and you’ll find answers to where it has already been used.

  • You pegged him, MBBinWI. If it’s not his product he has the attention span of my 2 year old. I have all the simulations mentioned by others, I just don’t have a simulation using our exact product, which is what he requested. I was wondering if anyone has ever accomplished this. As I noted in my original post, if we could do it in a simulation we…[Read more]

  • Thanks, HBGB, I’ll use that.

  • cheezer replied to the topic Green Six Sigma in the forum General 13 years, 5 months ago

    Andy,
    I think it depends on the country. Some share enough with the populous to keep them from Revolution (I’d put Saudi Arabia in this group). Some share a lot (Kuwait). Others share very little with their citizens, but use the oil revenue to prop themselves up militarily so they could put down any uprising (Iran, even Egypt to a lesser extent),…[Read more]

  • cheezer replied to the topic Green Six Sigma in the forum General 13 years, 5 months ago

    What happens when we stop buying oil from the middle east? Many of those countries’ whole economies are based on the sale of natural resources to the west. Without that money you have a huge mass of people who are at the boiling point. Their governments will no longer have the funds to quell this angst, as they currently do, and it will spill…[Read more]

  • cheezer replied to the topic Attribute sample size in the forum General 13 years, 8 months ago

    Hard to believe someone calling others “stupid” would post this comment, which is factually incorrect. The largest minority today in the US is Hispanics, with 37 million (They surpassed blacks as the largest minority in 2003). I doubt many of them are Muslim The next largest is African Americans with 36 million, of which a few are muslim, not ce…[Read more]

  • cheezer replied to the topic Attribute sample size in the forum General 13 years, 8 months ago

    The government should look at the next 2 or 3 years to allow anyone who is paying home mortgage to deduct both principle and interest up to some maximum dollar value–this will improve the housing crisis because it will increase the benefit of home ownership
    More importantly, this would loosen the credit markets by increasing the bank’s c…[Read more]

  • cheezer replied to the topic Simplified Six Sigma in the forum General 13 years, 8 months ago

    You’re absolutely correct, Jsev607. Other than specific examples, the tools being taught are not novel to the companies claiming IP rights. If a company went after someone claiming IP infringement on how they taught something, they’d first have to prove they either invented the concept/tool or modified it significantly enough (recognized by…[Read more]

  • cheezer replied to the topic Theory of Constraints in the forum General 14 years, 4 months ago

    I’ve seen a few articles on this- I’m sure a web search would turn them up. I also saw an excellent presentation on this at the ISSSP conference a few years ago. Basically, what Stan said- variation reduction allows you to reduce the buffer in front of your drum and lean allows the “rope” to go faster.

  • I did a similar project about 5 years ago. We had a fleet (800+) of service vehicles and we wanted to know when to turn them over. Fortunately, we leased, so the leasing company was willing to give us data on hundreds of thousands of the vehicles they leased.
    In the end, it depended on the vehicle. More specifically, on the engine. We found we…[Read more]

  • KP,
    I did a project at a former employer in their legal dept. The project was centered on contract errors and their associated costs. Whenever there was a disagreement between us and a customer due to a lack of clarity in a contract, it was COPQ, because even if we were covered by the contract there would be a cost of explaining the contract to…[Read more]

  • If you live and breathe by the AHT metric, your folks will start performing to it, instead of to what’s really important- your process capability/customer satisfaction.
    I have a call center which also performed amazingly well to their AHT goals, but was terrible at satisfying our customers (abandoned calls, dropped calls, numerous call-backs,…[Read more]

  • cheezer replied to the topic Theory of Constraints in the forum General 15 years, 3 months ago

    TOC can work well with ERP as long as the constraint is known and doesn’t move. You can design the decision trees into ERP to exploit your constraint and run your financials off the bottleneck, although it’s a bit of work. However, if the constraint moves (which it should if you’re continually working on process improvement on the constraint) you…[Read more]

  • cheezer replied to the topic Lean training in the forum General 16 years, 5 months ago

    Mark,
    Many hospitals have implemented both lean & six sigma. You can easily find those hospitals and/or the consultants they used by doing a quick google search. I’d assume every consulting firm has a client list on their website, so you can find those that have healthcare experience.
    good luck- now please reduce my healthcare costs!

  • cheezer replied to the topic Lean training in the forum General 16 years, 5 months ago

    Mark,
    Lean & six sigma work well together. I suggest you focus on “process improvement” as a compnay so you don’t end up with “lean cliques” and “six sigma cliques.” This has been an issue for my company, as folks tend to latch onto one methodology and beat it to death without really considering the other. They need to realize both methods are…[Read more]

  • OBTODT does a good job explaining the differences. I’d also add that transactional areas can be politically more sensitive, as these areas historically haven’t been measured like mgf at the process level. Also, the process owners are often a few steps up on the ladder, with more influence and power.

  • Nance,
    Went through this exercise a year ago. One key thing to consider is the software vendors are very willing to deal on price. It may be beneficial to have a purchasing professional negotiate for you.
    The different systems aren’t too dissimilar. It mostly depends on what’s critical to your company.

  • cheezer replied to the topic Advice? in the forum General 17 years ago

    Congratulations on your degree. Based on your faith in you degree I strongly agree with your goal of the Ph.D. I know many Master’s & Ph.D’s in statistics (I sleep with one every night-don’t ask to see the data). They generally have no understanding of six sigma and turn their nose up when they hear of it, similar to you, so I understand your…[Read more]