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    SSNewby
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    I’m a newby to the world of six sigma and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how one properly approaches a case study for presentation purposes.  Is it best to follow one of the underlying principles of SS or to not go that deep into it?  Any suggestions?
     
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    #61424

    SS
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    it does not matter how deep you go into a case study but what matters is how systematically you do it
    for knowledge sharing purpose,
    for improving the current situation,
    but if you choose to do anything, a systematic approach is the best.
    if you need help with a project let me know, i can guide and support you on the web. what is the area you would like to pick up a case study?
     

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    #61428

    SSNewby
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    I’m actually looking into health care related case studies, but not a specific one just yet.  What I’m trying to do is prepare myself for some upcoming projects.  I want to figure out the best way to approach a case study when given to me.  You are saying systematically…….so would I just use the DMAIC process and list something next to each category and go from there?  Or should I start off with SIPOC?  I have a lot of learned information, and I’m trying to figure out the best way in which to apply it.  If necessary, I can find a case study here on this site and we can use that as an example to go off of.  I would appreciate ANY and all help!  Thank you so much!
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    #61429

    SS
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    SSnewby: yes right. Do a ranking among your potentail case study. Look out for all the major criterias surrounding your case. make a decision on which to choose based on your priority ranking.
    Once you know the problem, try using DMAIC as a means to search for improvement. In each stage look out for the best or appropriate tool (s). From there move on to the next tool and next stage. The journey is towards making savings or improvements. Use SIPOC / COPIS if that is applicable. There are 100’s of other tools which you can consider.
    Plan out your activities (tools), keep your team spirit uplifted with all progresses and get all involved. Pull all the activities together for a directed matrix of your project goals.
    Are you using any software or do you plan to use one?
     

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    #61433

    BritW
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    Who is the audience and what is the purpose of the presentation?  That will determine the level of detail.

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    #61443

    SSNewby
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    Initially my audience will be BB’s who are helping me to assess my skillset and level.  The purpose of the presentation is for practice purposes initially so that when presented with true case studies I will have already had some practice.  So initially the level of detail won’t be great as they are not expecting me to know a great deal about the case studies presented, but rather my ability to tackle any given case study and apply what I have already learned through GB training.
     
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    #61444

    SSNewby
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    SS:  Thank you for your suggestions.  Initially I will not be using any software as this is more of a training type of an event.  As I wrote to another poster, I will be presented with case studies that I have never seen and will be asked to present it based on the tools that I’ve learned through GB training.  I guess that is what makes me a little nervous….this will be my first time truly applying what I have learned and I just want to prepare myself in advance and make sure that no matter what topic I am presented with that I approach it in the right matter. 
    Also with regards to software, our team does not currently have any that they are using.  I have used Minitab in the past with another team and thought that that might be the most proficient for them.  Any other suggestions?  Thanks again for all of your input.  It has been invaluable.
     
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