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What’s Your Day-to-Day Process Improvement Work Life Like?

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    jfelten775
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    I’m here at my work as a process improvement and quality engineer. I am a certified lean six sigma black belt. I just was curious about what everyone’s day-to-day work life is in terms of process improvement initiatives and tasks. Care to share?

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    Mike Carnell
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    @jfelten775 Currently “ambiguity.” I am a consultant and we have opportunities and projects pretty much globally so there is no real schedule. Conference calls and phone calls can happen any time of the night. Things are winding down in one part of the world and starting up in another. You have to know what is a priority and work the priorities between interruptions.

    I try not to schedule much early in the morning. I nee an hour or so by myself to think about what I need to accomplish for the day and what I would like to accomplish for the day.

    When I was in a normal job it actually was not much different. You still have to have priorities. It used to drive me crazy when you would try to set up a meeting or conference call and ask about someone’s availability and they would tell you they already had something scheduled. Does that mean that is more important or are you just not willing to cancel something. A priority is exactly that and the schedule is always in flux to get results where they make a difference. So for me the day to day was always driven by priorities and being willing to tell someone you can’t/won’t do something because it isn’t a priority or it isn’t aligned with what you have been tasked to accomplish. Saying “no” is a skill that you need to be able to match against your list of priorities.

    Come time to stop it is based on getting done what needed to be done and staying until it is done.

    Probably not the answer you were looking for but for my personality type (Predictive Index) repeat tasks are the kiss of death for me.

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    jfelten775
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    Mike,

    Thank you very much for that reply. Myself and a few other engineer/black belt colleagues of mine are attempting to set up our own management consulting firm specializing in lean and six sigma. It is always good to hear the perspective of other professionals in the space. In my professional life, I tend to use a visual display board to track my current priorities for each project I am working on and it allows me to show others how taking on other tasks will affect other things that need to be done. Yes, saying “no” is a very valuable skill that I am currently trying to perfect. I have often been victim to biting off more than I can chew.

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