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Historical Perspective of Lean

This note from Jim Womack at the Lean Institute provides an excellent historical perspective of lean manufacturing. It is reprinted here with permission.

History of the Six Sigma Black Belt Naming Convention

Not surprisingly, the term Black Belt has its roots in the exotic realm of martial arts. Like a person skilled in the Oriental sport of karate, the Six Sigma Black Belt is self-assured and knowledgeable, the result of intensive training and real-world experience.

In His 100th Year, Juran Still an Advocate for Quality

Dr. Joseph M. Juran, whose ideas led to Six Sigma and other quality management strategies, continues his outspoken advocacy of quality at a celebration of his centennial. He warns that U.S. companies are moving too slowly in improving their quality.

Joseph M. Juran 1904-2008

Many of you have recently heard about the tremendous loss to the Quality profession. There is a press release from Juran Institute and a forum discussion. I had an email forwarded to me from the leaders of the Joseph M. Juran Center for Leadership in Quality.

Remembering Bill Smith, Father of Six Sigma

Bill Smith, the Father of Six Sigma, introduced the statistical approach while working at Motorola, where it garnered the company financial benefits and numerous awards.

Sad News for the Six Sigma Community

Paula Parmeter, a Six Sigma advocate and pioneer, recently passed away. Everyone that knew Paula is tremendously saddened. Below is a tribute, written by Ilona Kirzhner.


I was recently perusing Time magazines “Top 100” list for 2008, and came across this entry for Peter Pronovost.

Six Sigma Evolution Clarified – Letter To The Editor

Daniel T. Laux writes on behalf of Six Sigma Academy to clarify the roots and evolution of Six Sigma.

The Lean Six Sigma All-Star Game

As you may know, if you’re a baseball fan, Major League Baseball is holding its All-Star Game on July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

The History of Six Sigma

Six Sigma has evolved over time. The concepts behind Six Sigma can be traced through the centuries as the method took shape into what it is today.

Who is Malcolm Baldrige?

Malcolm Baldrige was US Secretary of Commerce (1981-1987) and a leader in quality management.

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