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    Dr. Anand Chitanand
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    One of the greatest challenges in front of the corporate world is the ‘Sustainability’. Six sigma can significantly contribute in terms of creating the Sustainability Strategy, Assessing the current environmental / societal impacts and finding ways to to better sustainable products & services. Even Lean six sigma needs to be adopted towards making the processes ‘Lean’ in terms of the minimum resource utilization and thereby saving for the future generations.

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    #193407

    Dr. Anand Chitanand
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    Hello Rob,

    Thanks for that elaborate information. On one hand some (very few) organizations are sincerely working towards these goals but on the other hand we have a huge mass of people, organizations either pretending to work or not working towards these goals. As you rightly said, within next 1 – 3 years we will not be left with a choice.

    Control phase is most critical (the name Sustainability means “Control”).

    As members of six sigma community we need to strongly push use of Six sigma or LSS methods for sustainability strategy and initiatives.

    By the way I did not understand “Mine” syndrome and Organizational ADD.

    Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts.

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    #193429

    Rob Fioto
    Member

    Thanks, Anand. Much of the success experienced by our nonprofit community of practice (CoP) was due to the continuous focus on safe collaboration. Two of the harder elements to keep contained are the aforementioned “Mine syndrome” and “Organizational ADD”.

    Mine Syndrome – Many consultant-led research teams in the past produced proprietary models that are far too complex and restrictive to use in mass. Also, if a consultant did not like what you were doing with their model, they would pack up and leave (the “Mine” part). Due to restrictive boundaries and the high cost of entry, many of these models (and their deployments) often failed to become institutionalized in the long run. Open models (like Linux, Drupal, Moodle and etc.) have become powerful CoPs due to the ability find and fix shortcomings collaboratively. iSixSigma is another great example of an open community for which to share information.

    Organizational ADD – Organizational psychologists have found that the many leaders today exhibit the same learning patterns as observed in children with Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD). This “synthetic ADD” is believed to be a symptom of many factors, including: the increased workloads and ever increasing requirements of “the speed for business”. This behavior often becomes adopted throughout the organization leading to planning and/or an organizational memory which only supports the current year’s and/or leader’s thinking. Kathy Kolbe (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kathy-kolbe/11/97b/b3 ) is one of the many folks conducting research along these lines.

    I also agree with your statement on the use of LSS in strategy development for sustainability. There is an abundance of great data, research and case studies resulting from the failures and successes for past 20+ years of LSS deployment. It would be wise to form a community of practice to better understand the epistemology of sustainability before we all launching off to repeat the mistakes of others.

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    #193431

    Scott Lawley
    Member

    @RobFioto: I think that this topic is important and, incidentally, one of the reasons I am attracted to the discipline of Six Sigma.

    You list a list of new technologies from Green Thinking. What about DNA testing? Why do you include this in your list?

    Enjoy your input. Thanks.

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    #193435

    Dr. Anand Chitanand
    Participant

    Thanks a ton, Rob. Your information was of extreme value and a delight to read. I liked both of the terms you used.

    Though I am not closely working on sustainability, I am personally very keen in making contribution in this area and using my knowledge and skills of six sigma. We can create frameworks, case studies, applications or even create Green Six Sigma training modules and help our wider community.

    I think we can certainly start a CoP and share our knowledge and experience.

    Would appeal other members also to share their thoughts.

    let’s pledge for our future generations.

    regards …… anand

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    #193437

    Rob Fioto
    Member

    Hello Scott, @slawley

    The medical researchers working that project were focused on: reducing the equipment footprint, reducing power consumption and eliminating the biohazard components associated with DNA testing. Secondary benefits desired were cost and cycle time reductions.

    They used a hybrid Innovation/classic DFSS approach. The team produced a device that is under $100 and can fit in your pocket. Not bad for the first generation prototype. They are refining and moving into a laboratory-grade solution now.

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    #193445

    Eston Martz
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    Hello all – I think a sterling example of how Six Sigma can contribute to sustainability is the Drive to Zero initiative done by DuPont’s Building Innovations division. Here’s this:
    http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/04/12/how-dupont-getting-zero-waste

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    #193509

    Dr. Anand Chitanand
    Participant

    Hello Eston,
    Great example of how on a corporate level sustainability is driven. It also reinforces that seemingly very difficult targets are actually achievable. Thanks for sharing.

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