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A Roadmap for Making Business Strategy Actionable

Businesses need a framework for guiding the mobilization of an organization around its strategic plan. A “roadmap” enables everyone in the business to clearly understand each action and what decisions need to be made, who needs to make them and when.

Demand Rising for European Supply Chain Optimization

As manufacturers increasingly rely on globalization to produce goods, there has been an increased need to develop stronger supply chains via continuous improvement efforts in Europe in the last year, according to two business management consulting groups.

Deploying Six Sigma: Challenge for Pan-European Manager

Managing an integrated European company with variety of national cultures is tough enough. But a little guidance is helpful when a pan-European business is seeking to deploy any organizational change such as Six Sigma or Lean across the business.

Eight Steps Toward More Accurate U.K. Retail Data

The grocery industry in the United Kingdom could avoid more than £1 billion in revenue losses over the next five years by addressing chronic supply-chain problems, such as overstocking, lost sales from stock shortages, product shrinkage and manual workaround, according to a recent study.

England’s Early Years System Focuses on Quality Improvement

UK's education regulator seeks input as he aims for quality improvements to the early years school system.

Faster Deployment for Europe’s Small/Medium Businesses

To initiate a continuous improvement program, small- and medium-sized businesses must refine the deployment model to meet their needs. This is particularly important in Europe, with the typical European company being smaller than its U.S. equivalent.

Global Problem Solving with TRIZ

At the recent TRIZ Future Conference 2010, held in Bergamo, Italy, Ellen Domb, editor of TRIZ Journal, reported on several of the papers presented on the latest worldwide applications of the TRIZ problem-solving, analysis and forecasting tool, also known as the Thoery of Inventive Problem Solving.

IBM Applies Green Principles to Reduce Waste at Irish Facility

Businesses today generally understand they need to do as much as possible to conserve energy and water, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize their environmental impact overall. Societal pressures from customers, increasing regulation and economics all make this…

IBM Applies Green Principles to Reduce Waste at Irish Facility

From environmentalleader.com Businesses today generally understand they need to do as much as possible to conserve energy and water, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize their environmental impact overall. Societal pressures from customers, increasing regulation and economics all…

Lean Six Sigma Around the Globe: Hertel – Europe

By Elaine Schmidt Headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Hertel has operations in more than 20 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The company offers construction, maintenance, modification and dismantling solutions at client sites, such as on- and…

Opening the Door for Process Standardization in Europe

By understanding the differences and the commonalities between local processes, European businesses can start to assemble a pan-European process to satisfy the needs of each country, opening the door for process standardization and resource pooling.

Salaries for European Six Sigma Professionals Hold Steady

After a difficult year of serious cutbacks at many businesses due to the global economic crisis, average salaries for Six Sigma professionals around the world, including those in Europe, held steady, for the most part, according to the results of…

Salaries Steady, Bonuses Dip for European Six Sigma Pros

Salaries for continuous process improvement professionals in Europe mostly remained steady in 2010, despite the lingering effects of the worldwide economic crisis. However, those European Six Sigma professionals who had relied on income from large annual bonuses felt the pinch last year as the number of bonuses, as well as the monetary value of the bonuses, took a significant dive.

U.K. Packaging Firm Celebrates First Year of Lean Six Sigma

Through a combination of Lean and Six Sigma techniques, British packaging giant Benson Group has recorded a “double-digit” improvement in production in its first year of using the Lean Sigma Lean manufacturing program. Other benefits achieved include an increase in product quality, energy savings and waste reduction, the company said.

U.K. Study: Change Management Can Reap High ROI

A recent study from the United Kingdom found that expenditures on change management activities can reap huge rewards for relatively little cost, with a return on investment (ROI) as high as 650 percent. According to the report from British consulting…

Using Six Sigma in Europe: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Six Sigma is about organizational improvement, with its focus on process improvement, design and management. But, it is as much about people’s behavior as it is about the behavior of processes. These two behaviors cannot easily be separated.

Volcano Provides Tough Lesson for Europe’s Lean Organizations

By Randy Woods The rumbling and ash plumes have subsided for now over Europe’s skies, but the echoes from April’s Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in Iceland are still being felt throughout the Lean supply-chain structures of the continent and across the…

What Europeans Need to Know About U.S. Colleagues

Six Sigma practitioners in multinational companies need to know the differences in perspectives between European business leaders and their American counterparts. With some insight, they can improve their understanding and avoid potential conflicts.

What Role Does National Culture Play in Implementation?

On iSixSigma’s Discussion Forum, a poster working on a doctoral thesis asked about how various differences in national culture can affect Six Sigma implementation. Respondents provided several links to studies on the role of cultural differences among deployments in the…

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