john beaudoin


  • I worked for Sony for 8 years up until 3 years ago. I was one of the
    groups to be trained as a greenbelt in the first months Sony started a
    6 sigma program in the US after I’d been there about 3 years.
    Eventually, Sony got away from the Air Academy training and tried to
    call the program their own as Sony Six Sigma. Shortly before I left…[Read more]

  • Ken MacKenzie is a phD who recently retired from the University of
    Kansas. He is the author of many publications and has studied the
    structures and Organizational models of business for most of his
    entire career. His breakthrough research has been published and has
    spawned others to validate his findings.

  • Actually, I punched disciphel into Google to check the spelling before
    I posted and it came up. Thanks for the correction.Dude – If you don’t check out the organizational hologram, you can’t
    comment on it!

  • FYI – Michelin Tires is now headed up by a former deciphel of Ken
    MacKenzie and if you compare their processes from HR on down you
    can see their company is outperforming Goodyear. There are a few
    other companies that have made good turn around starting down the
    path of the hologram

  • Hello All, I haven’t submitted a post in awhile, but thought I would
    take a look at what’s been going on in the world of six sigma. First
    of all, I’m now a head manager for logistics at a worldwide
    company for all of North America. I received by greenbelt and
    blackbelt prior when I worked for Sony for 8 years. I’ve also since
    received…[Read more]

  • If you really want to be enlighted on improving a business organization and ultimately to have a maximally productive and maximally efficient organization in a changing environment, check out a book written by Kenneth MacKenzie on the Organizational Hologram.  He has nailed it.

  • Thank you, I will add this word to my spell check immediately.  Master Yoda would never forgive me.  He hates me…. He’s jealous because he knows I’m better than him…..I can’t sleep – have nightmares about my mother.   Ahhhhhhhhhh

  • I’m sorry but I couldn’t find a spell check for the referral of a Star Wars Jedi apprentice….
    Is it Padwon?

  • I see you have found your answer in the shift of the bell curve, which is taught in Six Sigma 101 and is the foundation of which all training is built.  Understanding this numerical value is no where near the challenges that await you paduan learner.

  • Mike,
    I posted much over the past year, but it is amazing how some of my insights have stood the test of time in this topic coming up again.
    Keep in mind that I have started this year with simply stating a theory as to why top management at many companies has trouble sustaining the gain of 6-Sigma based on actual observations, including the…[Read more]

  • I think you have missunderstood the context of my theory.  You are absolutely correct in identifying that the strength of 6-Sigma is its ability to identify “hidden” costs and improve quality and customer service to the point that a competative advantage can be obtained by a company that because of the culture needed to support such a process, be…[Read more]

  • Note: You are commenting on an e-mail from 2 years ago.
    GE, I’m sure has made several changes since my last response and our company has as well.  The culture change you refer to at GE has absolutely nothing to do with “Why it is called 6-Sigma” and has nothing to do with somebody saying that more than 6-Sigma is not achievable as I have…[Read more]

  • john beaudoin replied to the topic Implementation in the forum General 18 years ago

    Mike,  I might be able to help.  Our facility of about 200 people started down the six sigma trek in August 2000.  We have about 30 trained Greenbelts here 3 years later and 3 trained Blackbelts.  This 3rd year is the year that we really feel that Six Sigma thinking is starting to become part of our business.  With that said, I will try to give…[Read more]

  • Consultants will not get you to 3.4 defects per million opportunities unless they know your business better than you do.  Also, this 3.4 DPMO is not something that can happen in the short term.  It takes many iterations of continuous improvement in small steps to get there.  You will need trained employees in statistical approaches to solving bu…[Read more]

  • john beaudoin replied to the topic Bob and Wow in the forum General 18 years, 5 months ago

    Paul and I are just on the same page….
    Having been in management for 10 years, having a 6-Sigma blackbelt, an aerospace engineering degree from Purdue, PMP certification training, and working half way through an MBA from the University of Kansas, allows me to make pretty good assumptions and have a general understanding of businesses and con…[Read more]

  • john beaudoin replied to the topic Bob and Wow in the forum General 18 years, 5 months ago

    Makes sense.  The big issue is with the contract between you and the customer, and who will have to pay for the redesign.  That will be for the legal people to decide.

  • john beaudoin replied to the topic Bob and Wow in the forum General 18 years, 5 months ago

    Sounds like someone has done a Design of Experiments on the interactions of the 2 products and there is some statistical evidence that there is a correlation of some component of the 2 products.  Of course, there needs to be some repeatablility to see that the correlation isn’t the result of a fluke of nature for the one time a test was ran, but…[Read more]

  • john beaudoin replied to the topic Discrete data in the forum General 18 years, 6 months ago

    You are doing fine with your current measurement analysis.  The tool you need to use is a binomial distribution.  This is a specific tool for discrete data.  It looks at the probability that you will have a defect, which is soley based on how many runs and how many defects did you have.  If you have 32 runs and 2 defects, the probability of a def…[Read more]

  • Sorry on specifics.  Sometimes efficiencies in these areas may be the only competitive advantage a company has, and they are not willing to share specifics.  You may find some actual models through one of the university business schools, case studies.  Even then, many times the actual names of companies are left out because the professor acted as…[Read more]

  • I think your right.  The S&P has hand selected companies in it to represent the overall market.  Dell is a company that shows how well computer sales are doing, Wal-Mart may be in their to show how well Retail is Doing, General Motors for the Auto Industry, etc.

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