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One way to extend the Lean Six Sigma toolkit is by introducing new, nonlinear approaches to improvement within the transactional improvement space particularly upstream in the areas of innovation, new product development and the software development life cycle.
Royal Philips Electronics subsidiary Assembléon is cutting New Product Introduction (NPI) time on its A-Series pick & place equipment by 30 percent.
Dave Wheeler has been promoted to senior vice president, global supply chain and corporate Six Sigma at Cintas Corp. in Mason, Ohio, USA. Wheeler will be responsible for all company-owned and contracted production facilities, procurement, distribution facilities, textile research, new product development, production planning and Six Sigma initiatives.
Considering customer satisfaction levels when creating a product is not an easy process. Many Six Sigma practitioners use the quality function deployment (QFD) tool to translate the voice of the customer (VOC) into product specifications.
In this case study, pharmaceutical developers use the DFSS methodolgy to find the best formula for masking the bitter taste of a drug's active ingredient.
A relatively simple process can bring structure, organization, weights and measures to the decision-making process for product and service development. Quality function deployment (QFD) is employed by many companies to guide their planning process.
Increasing productivity can give a software-development company an edge over its competition. To accomplish this, the organization can use Lean principles to identify and eliminate wastes in the development process and encourage key drivers.
Scrum is an Agile project management methodology that can be used to control software and product development using iterative, incremental practices. Scrum generates the benefits of Agile development with the advantages of a simple implementation. This methodology can significantly increase productivity and reduce time to benefits while facilitating adaptive, empirical systems development.
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Lean Six Sigma applied to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries has a dramatic effect on reducing cycle times and the cost of developing new technologies, products, and protocols for research and clinical applications.
The lack of easy to get and reliable data is especially true when the CTQs of the project are "soft attributes" such as taste, smell or texture.
Many similarities exist between an orchestra and the product development process and can facilitate understanding product development, DFSS and coaching project teams.
A new product developer can avoid failure by discovering if an opportunity exists to provide customers with what they want. Using QFD can help determine the acceptance of a new product before development, production and marketing costs are incurred.
Beginning in 2003, Black & Veatch established Six Sigma to unify and control change in its processes. In its fifth year, Six Sigma was used to optimize design processes by linking design efficiency metrics to total installed costs.
Product and process complexity and fast-paced marketing schedules demand that DFSS takes advantage of computer analysis - computer-based DFSS.
The Kano model, along with pair-wise questioning a method for testing the desirability of certain product or service parameters can aid in accurately collecting and applying VOC data.
Instantis, a leading provider of on-demand project portfolio management software used by business process and IT leaders to improve strategy execution and financial performance, announced today that WR Grace will lead an upcoming Webinar entitled: Optimizing the New Product Development Process at Grace.