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Ask the Expert: The Topic – The Way We Work

Mike Carnell of CS International discusses how organizations can internalize and incorporate Six Sigma.

Building Cultural Acceptance Key to Lean Transformation

When it comes to Lean, the difference between success and failure is in cultural acceptance and the ability of an organization to accept change -- not just Lean change, but change in general.

Communication Strategies for Six Sigma Initiatives

The decision to adopt Six Sigma has been successful in many industries – including healthcare. However, the best plans may go awry if the focus is just on the technical side, without considering cultural and communication aspects of the initiative.

Crafting a Vision: Who We Are, What We Do, Where We’re Going

The second part in this series on culture change focuses on the importance of developing and maintaining a clear mission for your Lean enterprise.

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.

DFSS Technology Tips

Tips for new technology implementations include involving champions, modifying culture, performing a gap analysis, involving employees, and eliminating process exceptions.

DoD Seeks Six Sigma Solutions to Overhaul Business Processes

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is embarking on an initiative to overhaul and streamline its business operations systems with process improvement methods, such as Lean Six Sigma, according to a recent presentation at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s (AFCEA) West 2011 conference in San Diego.

Don’t Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Many years ago I worked in industrial security; I spent many nights patrolling an automotive assembly plant. During this time I would occasionally find flyers written by somebody who called themself the “Sleeping Dog.”

E-Z-Go Accelerates Six Sigma Buy-in Through Lean

Over the last eight years, E-Z-Go, an Augusta, Ga., USA-based manufacturer and supplier of golf carts and utility vehicles, has acheived a remarkable level of buy-in among its workforce. To find out how this was achieved, iSixSigma spoke with Renée Stern, continuous improvement (CI) manager for E-Z-Go's parent company, Textron Co.

Enabling Culture Change in Healthcare with Six Sigma

One of the most significant benefits of Six Sigma is also one of the most difficult to quantify It is the "people value" – that is, the positive effect that an implementation can have on a company's culture and on the development of leaders.

Finding the Balance Between Leadership and Management

Are you failing to sustain your gains? Your deployment may be over-managed and under-led.

Gain Support with Straight Talk and Exit Strategy Tools

To make lasting impact, practitioners must develop widespread understanding and support. Two tools – straight talk and exit strategy – used in the Define stage can help Belts get their projects off the ground and ensure they stay within scope.

Highlights from the 2009 Energy Forum

At the iSixSigma Live! 2009 Energy Forum for Process Excellence, leaders from across the energy industry shared how they are implementing process improvement efforts at their organizations.

How to Turn Resistance into Support for Lean Six Sigma

While some resistance to change is inevitable, there are ways for Lean Six Sigma project teams to accelerate change through best practices using tactical tools to gain acceptance, change old habits and increase the company's bottom line.

Insights on Establishing Operational Excellence Program

In a conservation with iSixSigma, Gerald (Jerry) P. Belle, the executive chairman of Merial, and Dr. Silke Birlenbach, vice president of Operational Excellence for Merial, offer their insights on establishing a program of organizational excellence.

Is Your Company’s Leadership Ready for Six Sigma?

Is every company ready for Six Sigma? A quick 11-question test may help provide an answer.

Lean Six Sigma Reaps $20 Million in Benefits for Mass. Hospital System

A New England-based healthcare system is proving Lean Six Sigma tools are not just for manufacturing companies after realizing substantial cost savings in a nearly two-year implementation process.

Mad Belt Disease: Over-emphasis on Certification

Six Sigma success comes when organizations make a broad and sustained commitment to deep-seated culture change. It does not come as a result of heroic efforts by a small group, no matter how knowledgeable, determined, or well-trained.

Making the Journey Toward Culture Change in Healthcare

Healthcare leaders are recognizing the need for culture change within their organizations. Moving from recognition to reality, however, is more difficult. The problem lies in the perception – or misperception – of what culture change actually entails.

Managing the Executives for Lean Six Sigma Success

Deployment leaders must not only manage Green Belts, Black Belts and projects, they have to manage the executives – while allowing the executives to think that they are the ones doing the managing.

Maturity Model Describes Stages of Six Sigma Evolution

The Six Sigma Maturity Model™ provides a formal description of the evolution organizations go through as they deploy Six Sigma. The model can be used for benchmarking, to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to communicate progress internally.

Not Just Statistics: Implementing the Cultural Change

It is not just the Black Belts who combine project roles with the cultivation of the culture change that takes place when Six Sigma is deployed. The entire organization is impacted by the culture change, and there are lessons to learn.

Readying Middle Management for Culture Change at Bosch

Middle management is a broad and diverse segment of any organization that must be engaged deliberately to ensure a culture of change is able not only to survive, but to thrive.

RF Day 2: Macy's, Best Buy and Many Others Share Best Practices

Macy’s, CVS and Best Buy. Oh my! Those were just three of the companies that shared their stories of process improvement success during the afternoon session on Day 2 (Tuesday, March 29) of the iSixSigma Retail Forum for Process Excellence….

Six Sigma Catapults Hospitals to Next Level of Quality

Many hospitals are embarking on a cultural change using Six Sigma concepts and principles to catapult themselves into a higher dimension of quality.

Statistics Can Reduce Process Variability and Costs in Radiology

Measurable improvements in radiology added up to greater efficiency and better quality. In this study, staffing was reduced by 14 full-time equivalents, entirely through attrition; identification errors were reduced through bar coding, and processes were improved.

The Role of Human Resources (HR) in Six Sigma

HR professionals with the right skills can contribute to a Six Sigma initiative at both strategic and tactical levels. This article describes the areas in which HR should play a role in Six Sigma and discusses how HR professionals can increase their chances of being included in Six Sigma decision-making and implementation.

Three Methods to Sharpen New Deployment Champions

While training Lean Six Sigma Champions, who help set the culture of the deployment, it is important to focus on early education, applying Little's Law and establishing a robust project selection process.

Tips from iSixSigma’s Best Places to Work

iSixSigma has honored the companies that provide the best work environments for practitioners. Here, leaders from each of the companies on iSixSigma’s Best Places to Work list give advice for succeeding with Six Sigma and achieving culture change.

Using Kaizen to Gain Buy-in at Boat Manufacturer

What is the best way to gain buy-in at a manufacturer that is resistant to culture change?

Using the Power of ISO 9000 and Six Sigma Together

Six Sigma and ISO 9000 can be complementary. Unfortunately, often the two concepts are not integrated and end up competing for company resources. There is, however, a way to use the power of both concepts to add value to an organization.

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.

Why Don’t More Leaders Get It? Explanations for Six Sigma – Part 1

Why don't leaders of companies recognize the power of a Six Sigma quality program and the benefits to the company? You may be explaining it the wrong way. Read about these traps and how to avoid them during your next explanation.

Yellow Belts: Creating a Corporate Sense of Inclusion

A more general knowledge across an organization may pay bigger dividends than deeper knowledge in fewer Six Sigma experts. Yellow Belt training mitigates potential impediments to improvement and change by creating a sense of corporate inclusion.

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