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    Guest
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    For those BBs / MBBs out there nearing retirement from practicing Six Sigma, I was wondering – what is different about the way in which you work now to before? What will be the most important aspects that you’ll take forward with you into your next role and which aspects of being a 6S practitioner do / did you enjoy the most?
     
    best regards,
    f

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    #122145

    Adam L Bowden
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    Hi “f”
    Biggest difference – Leadership
    Enjoy – transformation, teams, results
    Regards,
    Adam

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    #122146

    Whitehurst
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    Biggest diff:
    > More powerdumb.ppt slides
    > More confusion, less organization
    > Lotsa dumb meetings
    It reminiscent of all the dumb stuff we used to blame on the quality dept in the 80’s. Only now its the people who used to do the blaming, or still are in some cases, that are doing it.

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    #122147

    Adam L Bowden
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    Sorry your having such a crappy time !

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    #122149

    Whitehurst
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    Not your fault, except for asking…
    Just a poorly guided process/implementation IMHO

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    #122151

    Adam L Bowden
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    Joe,
    I like your sarcastic reply – do you work in Ops ?
    I always ask the questions as sometimes they are extremely usefull in identifying what the “underlying issues” really are.  As an example last week – called a process owner who was very reluctant to speak about the issue and when I asked directly “it sounds from the tone of your voice and the comments I’m hearing … – are there any problems I need to be aware of ?”.  This opened up the flood gates and now I have a clear understanding of his perspective and can assist the BB in plotting a route to success with his project.
    So – I ask alot of questions… some dumb ones at times (occasionally on purpose :-)).
    regards,
    Adam
     
     
     

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    #122154

    Whitehurst
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    Funny how you could tell.
    I’ve been in manufacturing engineering for 7 years (Prior to that I was in quality engineering for 16 years) until ‘volunteered’ into the six sigma team to go thru green belt then black belt training; and now about to be re-assimilated back into the org..i’m assuming I’ll go back into in manufacturing again.
    My projects have been successful, but your (or someones) question was how has it changed my work…six sigma, here at least, has only added a lot of waste to the way I have to do things now …the slides and presentations and all. I understand there usefullness, when appropirate, but we’ve gone way overboard with them. Six sigma hasnt really added much to the process for me. I was just as successful improving process before as I am now (i’ve routinely used these methods and tools over the years), except now I have this other ‘experience’ on my resume and a bunch of slides to go with it.
     
    Thanks for asking

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    #122157

    F
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    thanks for the comments so far…! The reason for my asking is that we’re just about to have an internal conference with my company and as one of the ‘senior’ retitring BBs, we’ve been asked to present to the new intake of just-about-to-be-trained BBs our pearls of wisdom to encougarge them on their path ahead. Hmmm, I guess it would’nt do to ‘motivate’ them with too much reality?!
    It has provided me with a different way of looking at situations and a quest to uncover the ‘truth’ – or at least a p-value of >0.05. And, I suppose, the biggest benefit to me has been the behavioural side of change management that we were also taught – it’s not just getting the right solution – it’s getting that solution to stick.
    Once again, thanks for your comments so far, and please keep them coming – this is providing useful benchmark information!
     
    f

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    #122167

    New VGB
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    I’m  really  confused:Is  SS identical with Change-management??

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    #122238

    F
    Participant

    There are certainly large components of change management at play with a sucessful project, I would argue.  It would be rare not to have to change something as a result of all your DMAIC activity! But I think that we don’t always consider the best way in which to try and impliment the change – the behavioural issues – as Adam said, leadership was / is the biggest differentiator for him.
    Good luck on your new role!
    f

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    #122242

    McD
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    When I first took Black Belt training many moons ago, my reaction was that any engineer with half a brain would already be doing this.  But I think the process, even it is really “the engineering process”, brings a ceratin amount of clarity to the key decisions that have to be made, and that is a good thing.
    And I really liked joe’s “Powerdumb” comment.  This is really important.  While few managers are as extreme as Dilbert’s boss, all managers seem to have a little pointy-hair in them.  The storyboard tool helped me see how to develop a presentation that can lead a total idiot by the hand through what might be a rather complex decision process.
    Put together, SS provides a way to be very explicit about all the decisions, and very up-front about why we made them.  Sure, we all talk about the statistics, but they merely underpin our decisions.  It’s the decisions that are the important stuff.
    –McD
     

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    #122344

    FTSBB
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    I may be a little late to the party on this one…
    My favorite part of six sigma is being able to justify my savings with actual data.  There’s no better way to get attention and fight the quality vs. cost issues.  Also, the data comes in handy as a bartering item during personal review & raise time!  If that’s not an individual selling point, I don’t know what is.
    As a trained engineer, the six sigma tools weren’t “new”, but seeing the application of them (or derivatives, in some cases) in a non-engineering project really taught me about other sides of the operation and how universal the tools could be.  With creativity and good minds, the method can work equally well in mfg, finance, HR, etc.  Pretty cool.

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    #122345

    F
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    thanks for your comments,  you are right about being able to quantify improvements – far more powerful than just saying “I did good stuff”.
    I’ll let you know what the main themes were at our conference next week.
    regards, f

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