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5 Six Sigma Deployment Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

Years of Six Sigma deployments have created a wealth of both success stories and lessons about process challenges -- learn to steer clear of others' mistakes.

A Leadership Roadmap for Managing with Metrics

Nine practical steps that focus on facts and data can provide a roadmap for business leaders at all levels on how to use Six Sigma to drive strategy implementation.

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.

A Stronger Chain

Companies are forging a more stable supply chain through Six Sigma and Lean.

Achieving Breakthroughs by Using Policy Deployment

How can a company properly plan and execute a strategy? Today's best model is Hoshin Kanri, also known as policy deployment, which helps align a company's resources to its most critical tasks.

Aligning Six Sigma with Objectives and Strategies

In a well-managed organization, objectives and strategies and continuous improvement are in alignment. Objectives enhance the efficacy of Six Sigma initiatives. And Six Sigma specialists can play an integral role in ensuring the execution of strategy.

Aligning Six Sigma with Organizational Strategies

Effectively translating a healthcare organization's corporate vision or mission statement into specific metrics is crucial to creating organizational alignment and driving performance across the entire enterprise.

An Accelerated Project Approach Can Build Support for Six Sigma

Using an accelerated approach, projects can take as little as one week to complete. This requires good planning, participation by the key stakeholders and a commitment to rapidly working through the DMAIC logic to make sustainable improvements to process performance.

Assessing for Lean Six Sigma Implementation and Success

Understanding its own operations and processes enables an organization to logically build out a Six Sigma implementation plan while mitigating potential risks of failure. This is the concept which drives the need for a readiness assessment.

Basic Strategies for Avoiding and Overcoming Resistance

Every company runs into resistance that can slow down, or even rail, a new Lean Six Sigma initiative. That is why part of every executive's repertoire needs to be the knowledge, skills and tools to minimize the occurrence and impact of resistance.

Bringing the Balanced Scorecard Back to Life

Behind every effective scorecard implementation, there is a commitment from leadership and there is buy-in from organizational business units and individuals. 

Business Improvement Strategy, Masteries and Metrics

Many organizations that deploy Lean and Six Sigma fail to reach the level of improved performance that they expected. One reason for this often is a lack of a well-structured business improvement strategy on the front end of the deployment process.

Change Dynamics: Prepare for Optimal Buy-in

Why is change so difficult? The answer lies in how people are innately hardwired and how that hardwiring affects how they accept and buy-in to change. By recognizing these differences, it is possible to make change a more comfortable experience.

Communication Strategies for Six Sigma Initiatives, Part 2

More than 60 percent of change initiatives fail, due in part to the absence of organizational acceptance. Building Six Sigma acceptance begins with the development of solid communication strategies.

Creating a High Performance Culture with Hoshin Kanri

Often organizations plan effectively for performance gains, but fail to act on their plan to achieve their goals, leading to poor performance. Hoshin Kanri is a method that addresses the need to act on and achieve planned goals.

Customer-Centric Risk Management Via Hoshin Planning

Risk management should be a "best practices strategy" aligning data, technology, people and processes across the organization, and not an "audit compliance task." That is especially true in the face of implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Basel II.

DoD to Focus on Four Improvement Areas During Convention

Leaders from across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will gather Oct. 22 to 23 in D.C., to discuss the state of the department’s Lean Six Sigma deployment. They will report progress and share strategies, training and technology developments.

Eight Basics of Lean Six Sigma for Manufacturing Firms

In today's competitive manufacturing environment, it takes more than quick fixes, outsourcing and downsizing to consistently achieve growth and profit objectives. For companies to grow they need to master eight basics of Lean Six Sigma.

Eight Workable Strategies for Creating Lean Government

Lean government. The very idea sounds implausible. Governments are traditionally seen as guardians of red tape, incomprehensible forms and endless queues. But there are workable Lean strategies for governments seeking to reduce waste and be efficient.

Every Reason That HR Should Be Involved in Six Sigma

Human resource (HR) professionals who have a background or education in basic project management have a clear advantage. Being well versed in an improvement methodology, such as Six Sigma, is even a bigger plus.

Excitement Builds for First Retail Forum Keynotes

With just a few days to go, excitement is building for the iSixSigma Live! inaugural Retail Forum for Process Excellence, March 28-31. For four days next week all eyes in the process improvement world will focus on the Twin Cities…

Gain Support with Organizational Improvement Strategy

To complete organizational improvement, leadership must tie their efforts to a strategic initiative. By adopting an approach that narrows the focus first to critical areas of the organization, they can use Lean Six Sigma to drive quick results.

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.

Healthcare Quality Initiatives: The Role of Leadership

A panel of healthcare executives recently shared their views that leaders must take an active and visible role in their organization’s quality initiatives. They also agreed on the need for organizations to develop the right management systems.

Hoshin Planning: Making the Strategic Plan Work

Interest in using in Hoshin planning, which focuses on achieving a vital annual stretch goal, appears to be growing. And as more large businesses use Hoshin, it is almost certain that they will pressure suppliers in their supply chain to also adopt it.

How To Implement Quality

How to successfully implement Quality within your organization or business.

Importance of Assessing Readiness to Implement Strategy

One key to a company's success is an ability to assess its readiness to create or improve the processes underlying its strategy. Readers can help in the development of a survey-based methodology to measure 10 critical dimensions of that readiness.

Improving the Value of the IT Service Delivery Process

While most information technology (IT) organizations are constantly struggling to demonstrate cost savings, too few are focusing on ways to add value to the business. Alignment with the business is where the emphasis should be for IT departments.

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.

India Builds Reputation as Source of Best Practices in Management, Strategy

Until recently, the flow of management and strategy know-how was one-way; it was India that absorbed business models, technology and management systems from foreign corporations and institutions. As “India Inc.” raced to globalize and global companies sought to exploit the country’s low-cost talent pool, such industrialized-economy concepts as Kaizen, The Toyota Way, Six Sigma and so on gained currency.

Managing for Results Using a Lean Six Sigma Strategy – A Conversation with… Nick Brownrigg, Chief Executive Officer of Masterlease

In a conversation with iSixSigma, Nick Brownrigg, the chief executive officer of Masterlease Group, offers his views on managing for results through Lean Six Sigma and a special deployment strategy.

Marketing Function Is Different in a Six Sigma World

Marketing managers must understand that they have a new set of internal partners for the services they provide. These partners are the Six Sigma Champions and Black Belts responsible for the identification and deployment of Six Sigma projects.

Mobilizing a Business for Turning Strategy into Action

Given the complexities of the European market, there is a special need to allow local business unit leaders to adjust the tactics to local needs.

Overcoming Initial Resistance to Six Sigma

Resistance to Six Sigma implementation is quite common in spite of the inordinate amount of time and effort we spend trying to convince managers otherwise. To combat the onslaught of business complaints are a list of realities that should help you in your day-to-day activities.

Project Selection Options

Here are tens of ideas for identifying issues in your organization and function. These ideas can then be evaluated and formalized into project charters which will allow you to prioritize for implementation.

Scorecard: Linking Strategy to Performance Objectives

Utilizing a performance measurement system, such as a balanced scorecard, an organization can assess, monitor and course-correct performance, and align all employees with key objectives. Thus the company can implement its business strategy.

Seeing Red: Integrating Balanced Scorecard and Six Sigma

The balanced scorecard enables an organization to maintain the perspective of various stakeholders while providing a complete assessment of organizational progress. It can help improve the performance in one area without harming another.

Services Can Improve By Taking Lead from Manufacturing

Today’s services, with a little help from technology, are almost no different from the manufacturing industry. Therefore, the concept of quality should be incorporated in the services 'factory' along the same lines as in a manufacturing setup.

Six Sigma and Business Innovation: Process or Passion?

Six Sigma and innovation are not mutually exclusive. From a practical business point of view, a company's current products or services must fully satisfy customers, so that it has the resources and goodwill needed for being a successful innovator.

Six Sigma for Small- and Medium-sized Businesses

This article discusses an approach for successfully (and practically) implementing Six Sigma in small and medium-sized companies.

Six Sigma Proves Its Value in Funds Management

Six Sigma is a systematic data-driven approach that works across most processes, products and industries. Still, some organizations think Six Sigma cannot work for them. One company's funds management department proves that it can. 

Six Sigma Strategy: Understanding the Customer Process

Companies need an organized approach to making change happen in order to enhance the customer experience and positively impact the company's profitability. The initial step for top management is to define and document a customer strategy.

Six Sigma Trends: Next Generation of Projects

Trends in Six Sigma DMAIC projects indicate that higher level tools will be necessary in the future. Iterations within one project life cycle will also be more important. Here are some additional trends.

Software Defect Prevention – In a Nutshell

This article will present various tools and techniques for use in creating a Defect Prevention (DP) strategy that, when introduced at all stages of a Software life cycle, can reduce the time and resources necessary to develop high quality systems. Specifically, how implementing a model-based strategy to reduce Requirement Defects, Development Rework and Manual test development efforts will lead to significant achievements in cost reduction and total productivity.

Start Software Testing With All Five Essentials in Place

Successful software testing requires five essential elements - test strategy, testing plan, test cases, test data and a test environment. If any element is missing or inadequate, the test effort will most likely fall far short of its objectives.

Strategies for Better Facilitation and Team Problem Solving

How many times has it felt like there are great team dynamics in the conference room but when it comes time to execute change, no one acts? Learn strategies for greater team engagement as well as common pitfalls to avoid.

Strategies for Surveying Employees

Most companies can benefit from surveying their employees for the primary purpose of gauging morale. Improvements in morale generally indicate a more satisfied work force, which often translates into a more effective and efficient team that plays a critical role in the company's quality and bottom lines.

Sustaining Change with the SUCCESS Model

Sustaining change and building stakeholder engagement follows a model, known by the acronym SUCCESS, which stands for sponsor, understand, commit, connect, enable, support and sustain.

The DoD Roundup

To support its business transformation, the Defense Department is creating a continuous process improvement culture enterprise wide by bringing together the expertise and best practices of the improvement programs already in place within the DoD.

The Futility of Call Center Coaching

Although it has become an industry standard, one-on-one coaching is less valuable than many believe. Through the use of mathematical modeling, it is possible to see that coaching, even in moderate turnover environments, is a fool’s errand.

The Implementation Plan – Getting Beyond the Quick Fix

To ensure projects have a lasting impact, practitioners should set up a detailed plan for implementing process improvements.

The Initial Focus – Strategy or Projects?

It is difficult to launch change initiatives and even harder to ensure the initiative continues to move in the right direction with long-term results. An abundance of improvement ideas may be the problem. What should the team focus on first?

The Merits of ‘Know-nothing’ Belts and Champions

Six Sigma deployment teams should be like a jury – unbiased. By employing Black Belts and Champions from outside the area that is being improved, organizations will receive a more objective, and, therefore, more helpful guide to process improvement.

Three Deadly Sins In Strategic Planning

When clients are not getting the results they expect from their strategic plans, there are usually three overlooked causes – incomplete planning, inadequate links between strategy and action, and poor communications. Are you getting enough from your Six Sigma strategic plan?

Three Elements of a Deployment Governance Framework

The goal of any Lean Six Sigma program is to achieve operation and execution excellence, which can only come about through a well thought-out and executed deployment governance framework that concentrates on teams, knowledge transfer and people.

Three Steps for Aligning Projects to Business Priorities

Project selection is one of the most critical and challenging activities faced by Six Sigma companies. To be successful, the project selection process take into account business priorities. A three-step approach can help assure that success.

Three Steps to Deliver Business Results

Strategy with no action is just an idea; action with no strategy is anarchy. This article explores the three essential steps, and common pitfalls to avoid, for achieving business results.

Trailblazing Efforts Drive Strategic Objectives

Trailblazing is a participative, team-based problem-solving process. It targets a key business initiative – customer experience – and focuses employee problem-solving teams on it, allowing associates to make more decisions in favor of the customer.

Understanding the Purpose and Use of Benchmarking

It is important for Six Sigma practitioners to understand the purpose and use of benchmarking. Thus they can help their companies use the information to identify gaps in the organization’s processes in order to achieve a competitive advantage.

Up Close with J.D. Sicilia

In an interview with iSixSigma, J.D. Sicilia, director of the Department of Defense Lean Six Sigma Program Office, shares about the purpose of the office, his deployment strategy and how the office will interact with the services.

Using Six Sigma DMAIC for Creating Business Strategy

The Six Sigma DMAIC roadmap can provide a disciplined process for creating and executing successful business strategies.

Using the Five W’s and One H Approach to Six Sigma

5W1H (who, what, where, when, why, how) is a method of asking questions about a process or a problem taken up for improvement. 5W1H of Six Sigma explains the approach to be followed for understanding and analyzing the process, project or problem.

Voice of the Business, Customer, Process and Employee

The untapped value of the voice of the business, customer, process and employee have an impact on project selection. Staying in tune with their collective voice can help companies create a more profitable future.

What Keeps Six Sigma Practitioners Up At Night?

What causes Six Sigma projects to fail to produce desired results, and what would most help to improve Six Sigma project results?

Why Hire A Six Sigma Consultant?

When it comes to implementing quality within your business, many feel they have or should have the power to effect change themselves. Sometimes, however, a Six Sigma consultant might be best to help lead the change.

Wrestling with IT-Six Sigma Integration Survey Results

The results of a survey on the integration of Six Sigma and information technology (IT) published by iSixSigma Magazine revealed four important truths which provide meaningful insight to any organization attempting to apply Six Sigma in IT.

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