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Is My Productivity Data Continuous or Discrete?

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This topic contains 13 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Chris Seider 1 year, 2 months ago.

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  • #547018 Reply

    Dear All,

    I have query kindly resolve them. I am planning to do a productivity improvement project, I have a basic question yet important, is the productivity data Continuous or Discrete. I have derived the data for productivity for each associate using cycle time for each Transaction. Kindly clarify.


    #547506 Reply

    @kkiru – yes, it is continuous or discrete. I hope this helps you.

    Stop wasting our time.

    #547507 Reply

    @kkiru – you put absolutely no effort into researching any question you post, even when told that you will find info here on the subject you ask about. Again, if you search this site for “continuous” and “discrete” I’m sure you will find much info to learn from.

    #549972 Reply

    Dear MBB,

    Can you stop with your attitude.I have put a lot of effort and if you don’t want to answer you can well just go without replying you are wasting my time by answering like a jerk. I m looking for some valid answers.

    #550252 Reply

    @kkiru – no, you’re looking for someone to do your thinking for you. We don’t do that here. Post your thinking and rationale, and you’ll get plenty of help. Continue to look for others to do the work for you and you will likely get terminated from the site. You really ought to think a bit before you post/reply. You have 35 pts, I have over 4000. Clearly I’ve been here awhile. Might be a reason I’m replying to you the way that I am, don’t you think?

    #550277 Reply

    So is your data cycle time or is it something else?
    If it is something else then what is it?
    a) Is the derivation a case of binning or otherwise converting cycle time into some kind of Likert scale rating?
    b) Is the derivation a mathematical manipulation of some sort that converts the cycle time in some kind of units into a different expression of some sort i.e. cycle times expressed as transactions/minute or minutes/transaction converted to furlongs/fortnight, offogs/ingham, etc.

    If you can answer these questions then you should have your answer with respect to the measure you derived from cycle times and if you use Google to look up a definition of cycle time you will know whether or not cycle time is discrete or continuous.

    #550364 Reply

    Consider your project charter. What are you trying to accomplish?

    If you’re trying to increase uptime, throughput, or … they will all impact your data needs. Is the data your asking for numerical? I hope so and if it’s pieces/hr or …. then the data should be continuous.

    It’s tough to just answer if something’s continuous or discrete but I highly suspect for your case it’s continuous. If you don’t have decimals, don’t assume something is discrete necessarily–sadly I’ve heard folks make that statement and it’s silly. Something doesn’t have to have a decimal to be continuous data.

    @kkiru hope this helps.

    #550646 Reply

    Thank you Chris. The project that i am currently working on is to improve the Productivity. SO We calculate Each associate transaction by having a common factor. I will shortly write up the calculation on how Productivity is measured.

    “Something doesn’t have to have a decimal to be continuous data”, very rightly said Chris, It seemed decimal that’s the reason i was confused. I will give an example of productivity calculation done at my company.

    Best regards

    #550650 Reply

    Dear Robert ,

    Cycle time is also calculated for the associate to measure the productivity /day. for eg; Based on cycle time data ,per day’s no of transaction to be processed is calculated. We also derive a common factor, as of now I don’t have the formula. Will write up the formula with the clear example.Thank you so much Robert your questions made a lot of sense to me.

    Best Regards

    #550805 Reply

    @cseider – and just because it has a decimal, doesn’t mean you can treat it as continuous. But I know that you already knew that ;-)

    #550964 Reply

    @MBBinWI well stated…I was just focusing on his aspect but for other readers–your advice is top notch to “remind” me of the potential to misinterpret on the counter argument. :)

    #551045 Reply

    The calculation of productivity goes like this ;

    i.e. number of transaction is calculated based this formula (Factorization / Target Factorization) each transaction is given a weight-age.

    Example ; Three different transaction /hour converted into 1 common unit which is factorization.

    I have attached the calculation file. based on this calculation I have assumed that the data is Continuous data. Please let me know your thoughts.


    1. isix-sigma.docx
    #551332 Reply

    @kkiru – why would anything in that table lead you to believe that the data is continuous?

    #551341 Reply

    Nice to see the document of what you’re doing. @kkiru

    It looks complicated and causes more questions in my mind but you are closer to your process.

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