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Shabana Wollin

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    Shabana Wollin
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    I would approach this as a great opportunity for you to take full advantage of and do not fear. It is very common to experience anxiety. isixsigma has a lot of great tools and resources to brush up your knowledge. But, only you know about your industry & company. Hence, leverage that knowledge. Try to start with the basics, understand what problem your company is trying to solve and if it is an ideal candidate for 6sigma. On YouTube you will find lots of great videos on the basic approaches and Google search also yields some good results. Good luck & Best Wishes!

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    #196606

    Shabana Wollin
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    I know this post is a bit old now but has some new activity. Here is some great info on a Lean Simulation exercise:

    -Shabana

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    #194230

    Shabana Wollin
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    @pkapla: What are some of the techniques/tools that you have currently employed to study your processes? Its seems like you might have some observations, interviews and some level of VOC being captured? After you have some preliminary insight on the processes, the problem areas, you might consider doing a process mapping using business process modeling notation. BPMN is easy to understand for everyone involved: nurses, analysts etc.Once a visual map is established, you can begin to identify commonalities and variances to design a more efficient process. This way any non-value added process is easily identifiable and avoided. For example: for a patient being admitted to ER vs patient being admitted for a pre-scheduled surgery procedure, the non-value added tasks for the nurses can be easily identifiable and eliminated.
    Good Luck!

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    #194222

    Shabana Wollin
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    @KatieBarry If you are still looking for this, I have some examples in Manufacturing. Feel free to contact me for details.

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    #194216

    Shabana Wollin
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    @Doug Every consultant/consulting firm is different, so it really depends. If you are a customer looking to hire an independent consultant, then you would need to look at the consultant’s capabilities, areas of expertise and if they are a fit for your project.A savvy customer, usually has done their research on this matter before engaging with anyone.

    If you are an independent consultant looking to work on a project for a customer, you would need to think about the customer’s ability to pay for your time & expertise, if the project is a fit for your skills, and if you can deliver on the project as agreed upon.

    % fees on improvements can be sometimes dangerous for both the customer and consultant if you are not aggressively writing your engagement contracts to protect the interests of both parties. There potentially could be factors beyond both your controls. However, I am by no means discouraging it.

    As an Independent Management Consultant that owns my own consulting firm, we almost always works on a fixed price retainers with maximum allowable hours for each project. So far its works well for us.

    I have not done a % fee for improvement to date(fee+incentive model) I will however consider it if I was presented with an opportunity in the future. :)

    Hope this helps answer your question. Good Luck!

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    #194215

    Shabana Wollin
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    @shevic: Kaizen is a daily process that goes beyond just improvement in productivity. Kaizen when done correctly also tackles Muri (over burden of people)and helps people by teaching them how to recognize and eliminate waste.It heavily focuses around people involvement and participation to be successful.
    Kaizen is based on making changes anywhere that improvements can be made. The Kaizen philosophy is to “do it better, make it better, improve it even if it isn’t broken, because if we don’t, we can’t compete with those who do.”

    Hope this gives some clarity to your question. Good Luck!

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    #194214

    Shabana Wollin
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    @BlueSheep, I would not know much about the market saturation in UK. Here in the US, at least in the midwest, lean six sigma has still not reached its peak yet. There is plenty of opportunity and not enough consultants. It is not always about cost however. Companies are willing to pay top dollar for a consultant/firm with proven expertise & knowledge. They are looking for a sensei, a coach that will be their

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    #194213

    Shabana Wollin
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    I use and highly recommend SigmaXL . The newest version has a very easy to use interface and the time it takes to generate a complex VSM is reduced significantly.

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    #194179

    Shabana Wollin
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    @vasishta Typically your MBB should be able to mentor you on the path of study. There is lot of great free resources available on isixsigma and by doing a search on google and google groups. Good Luck!

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