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    Bonghanoy
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    I am doing some research on what are the best practices to identify good projects? There seems to be a lot of different methods and would like to know what has worked best to ensure good charters are available for green belts, black belts and kaizen.
    Also how much time should be used before a wave starts training should the project identification begin? We have heard an average of 8 weeks to as fast as 2 weeks.
     

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    #162658

    Brandon
    Participant

    Karen – take a look at Project Selection Process at eBooks on this site or go to opensourcesixsigma.com , the author.
    I’ve conducted this session and generated more projects than you could imagine.

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    #162661

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    Brandon,
    Do you work with that group? Are you or do you know if they are registered government contractors? I am in the Army and we need to purchase from an approved vendor list. We can go outside that list but it can take longer?
     thank you very much
     

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    #162662

    Brandon is an opensource pimp
    Participant

    You promote opensource too much – you must be the owner.

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    #162669

    annon
    Participant

    K,
    Just google `project assessment and selection` or `project selection criteria`, etc.  You will find plenty to benchmark from….it is not that complicated a topic.  For example:
    https://www.isixsigma.com/me/project_selection
    Good luck.
     

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    #162670

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    Thank you for the isixsigma link.
    I have googled as you suggested and had 13,200,000 hits
    Thanks but I know how to do browser & site searches – I’m looking for those experts on this forum to provide their perspective.

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    #162671

    Brandon
    Participant

    Karen – no I do not work for them & I’ don’t know if they are govt rated or not – you can contact them.
    Brandon’s a pimp – use a name you wimpy mf’r. Check my posts – I mention them when applicable. Find a post of mine where what I say is not applicable to the query OR GET LOST!!!

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    #162673

    Snow
    Participant

    Thats a long list

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    #162674

    Brandon
    Participant

    Post the post number where it didn’t have to do with the question – DUDE!!

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    #162675

    Brandon is an opensource pimp
    Participant

    You promote opensource too much – you must be the owner.
    Brandon – tell us honestly who you work for, and if it’s not Scot Shank, I’ll back off.
    This is overt advertising – pay the same fee as the other 100 flashing adds on here.
    Call me a wimpy mfr again and you’ll find out what that means.

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    #162676

    Brandon
    Participant

    I answered the question already – I do not work for Scot Shank.
    Now, you answer mine – show me a post where my reference to them was not pertinent to the query of the poster. You can’t!
    Do you believe it would be more appropriate for me to be referring the poster to Stan or Darth or Dr Scott or whomever who charge $3000 per day or to this stuff? Do you want to argue the core issue or do you just want attention.

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    #162677

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    Thank you Brandon, I appreciate your response.

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    #162678

    Brandon
    Participant

    Thank you for thanking me – I trust my input was relevant to your post.

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    #162680

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    Please calm down you guys. How come every time I have come on this site, there is an over abundance of testosterone toting cowboys? Stop the name calling and personal assassinations. Try acting like mature adults, and be more respectful to each other. No one will come to this forum if an unsafe environment exists. We come here to support each other. Please let this end here and answer the question.
    Your input is really important to me on how to identify a good project (good = gets done in less than 2 months, produces lots of $ savings, and improve products & services). I am sure many of you are aware of really good projects that could apply in almost any business. Please share what you have done to find those gems.
    Thanks everyone

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    #162681

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    It was helpful, thank you Brandon. I didn’t mean to sound scolding in my previous post. I am not sure why this adolescent behavior is occuring. Is this common?

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    #162682

    Brandon
    Participant

    You didn’t sound scolding at all – I appreciated the post.
    I apologize if I ever am the one on the attack. I was responding to an attack – I would hope there is a difference. I did say something in my post that was uncalled for and issued an apology. I hope it will be accepted by those I offended.

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    #162688

    Six Sigma guy
    Member

    Brandon- I respect you a lot. The best way to counter a personal attack is to keep mum and answer to only those who you wish to. This is best way to respond because psychologically people craves for attention and they are waiting for you to respond which goes on and on and on and with no end…

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    #162691

    fake accrington alert
    Participant

    Good Advice

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    #162692

    fake accrington alert
    Participant

    I  can  offer  the  same  service (plus/minus) with only $1000 per  month……….

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    #162696

    fake accrington alert
    Participant

    Yes it is  common  ,so  you  have  to  accept  the  rules  or  leave
    Believe  me  no-body  would  care.
    Best Regards 

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    #162699

    Silviu
    Member

    Karen
    It is not easy to answer. Project selection I beleive is top important to Six Sigma success. So my advice is get experienced MBB on board.
    I see it is your first project selection, so be carefull it is not the last one.
    I selected in our pilot three project, one I lead as a BB. One of the projects will not deliver, it was a wrong choise. Other two will deliver, so I am now in the second selection of projects. Now it works much easier. I have some Champions trained in the top management and they see results. Now they come to me with project sugestions.
    Basicly it works on a set of selection criteria. You should have a template to put in data for individual projects. Load the pipeline with as many ideas as you can. In the final step it is good to have more options.
    I hope it helps
    Good luck
    Silviu

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    #162700

    fake accrington alert
    Participant

    *Identifying schedule time  limits
    *Allocation of  functinal  responsibilities
    *Establishing  continuous   reporting  methods
    *Measuring  accomplishments against  plans
    *Identifying  problems  early
    *Applying corrective actions  to  problems
    *Knowing  when  objectivs will  be  met or  exceeded
    *Improving  capabilities for  future  projects
    The  successes or  failure of  a  project is  measured in  the  following  dimensions:
    *Where  the  specified  goals  and  objectives achieved?
    *Within the time  deadlines?
    *At or  below  the  cost  constraints?
    *Utilizing  the  allocated  resources?
    Good Luck 

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    #162709

    Brandon
    Participant

    six sigma guy – thank you for the comments. And, you are right on. I responded late last night and did so incorrectly.

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    #162712

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    Thank you Fake Accrington Alert – these are very broad areas. I was thinking more along the lines of specific project identification methods and the amout of time needed prior to a wave starting to ensure good charters are available (for example):
    a. Construct a PVC (Prime Value Chain) 8 weeks out
    b. Link metrics to each core business strategy area across the entire chain – 7 weeks out
    c. Finacial analysis and opportunity assessment – 6 weeks out
    d. Link VOC/VOB requirements – 5 weeks out
    e. Draft initial charter ideas, afinitize, and link to PVC – 4 weeks out
    f. Draft initial charters – 3 weeks out
    g. Add charter to prioritization matrix and assign teams – 2 weeks out
    h. Charter review with deployment advisors, sponsors, team lead for refinements 1 week out
    i. Prepare 5 min presentation on flip chart for training class review – 0 weeks
    > Total lead time is 8 weeks prior to wave
    This is 1 example of how we have selected projects today but delays in getting the right people in place during this period can be extremely challenging.
    What are some approaches that have been effective, faster, simpler, easier , thanks again for your ideas

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    #162713

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    Thank you for your advice. We do have MBBs available to us; it seems each have their own way of approaching project selection. I will get some help while I hope to gain a little more awareness from the experts so I can add to my understanding along the way. I have heard good and not so good examples on the approaches used by others so agree it is important to the success of the wave. I am hoping to have better charters in hand for about 30 green belts, 4-8 BB projects and hopefully some good quick win and Kaizens in the hopper as well. It seems 8 weeks is just far too long?

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    #162715

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    What rules are you referring too? I was unaware i broke a rule?

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    #162717

    Snow
    Participant

    That would be numbers, plural….and your advice speaks for itself.

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    #162720

    Snow
    Participant

    The mere fact that you put yourself in that class of people does more to demonstrate your ignorance than your most ascinine, petulent  posting.  Look at how much you write and how little you say.  It isnt an attack against you personally, it is the fact that giving bad advice is both harmful to the poster and clogs up the threads, retarding our ability to learn from the true SMEs.  
    Take the hint, man.   

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    #162721

    Silviu
    Member

    Karen,
    it depends, on the project, on the organization. You need to meet many people. It all takes time. Also important is how in detail you want to have specification of the project contract. 8 weeks as you mentioned should work on average.
    How about Project Management Office or Resources Allocation Board? You dont have to deal with any of these while asking for project approval?
    It is good you have MBB with you. What about you? Are you a BB?
    Silviu

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    #162722

    Brandon
    Participant

    Dude – you have yet to cite 1 post number where my suggestion was not pertinent. Nor have you posted any justification (like, say, a counter agrument) for saying my posts have no merit.
    All you continue to do is toss out insults.

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    #162725

    Mikel
    Member

    brandon, don’t tell people I’ll work for three grand a day. I wouldn’t
    walk out to my office for three grand a day. I follow the Bhote
    pricing model.And brandon, your advising people to go to opensource does not
    compete with me. I implement, I don’t sell training materials. Never
    have, never will. Training materials are just a placeholder. They are
    usually just a bunch of PowerPoint slides and are actually of little
    real value. I could just as easily teach from a text book.And brandon, your answers are often opensource or eBooks or
    whena asked about awards, you quickly threw in a plug for Scot
    Shank. My guess is you are Scot.

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    #162726

    Brandon
    Participant

    No Stan I am not Scott. Please don’t put my failings off on him.
    The plug, if that’s what it was, was for CS Intl – owned by Mike Carnell. It was CSI’s deployment that was recognized – I was stating a fact pertinent to that string.
    And I was serious in my apology to you & others for the per day comment. I have no idea what any of you charge – I’m sure its worth every cent.

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    #162730

    Mikel
    Member

    brandon,I don’t want to be picky, but when given the chance to only name a
    company that won an award, you chose to mention Scot, not Mike or
    Lomin. Looks like promotion when you did that.

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    #162733

    Brandon
    Participant

    Stan – not to be picky either but here is my exact post. Tuesday, Oct 2:
    “Stan, now that you mention client awards it reminds me that Mike Carnell’s company, CS International, won some award for their Lonmin Mining deployment – it was the subject of an iSixSigma magazine article. Believe Scot Shank was his partner at the time.
    Not saying CS is one of the top 3 but their client deployment did get recognized.”
     

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    #162735

    Mikel
    Member

    My mistake – you are still pushing Scot Shank for some reason.You want to come clean?

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    #162736

    Brandon
    Participant

    Sorry Stan – I don’t get it. I mentioned his name once as a byline to, as you say, “pushing” Carnell & CSI – again once.
    It’s no big deal.
    PS: You must have a memory like mine – it’s great, just short.

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    #162737

    Mikel
    Member

    Brandon, my memory is long.
    Stop pushing Scot and OpenSource, there will be no issues from me.
    Clearly you have been pushing them in violation of Forum rules. Just stop and we are cool.

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    #162739

    Brandon
    Participant

    OK, I’ll do that because I certainly want to make you happy – at the expense of giving some good advice to those who seek answers.
    PS: Show me where I used Scot’s name anywhere other than in the email I quoted for you. Can’t do it. Except perhaps in reply to some hecklers.

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    #162740

    Mikel
    Member

    Making me happy is a great choice.

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    #162768

    Alderman
    Participant

    Yes this site is becoming more and more a battle ground of war of words. All you guys know who you are. You should be nice. If you all heard yourselves talking… you would speak less thats for sure. Now grow up and make a contribution.

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    #162769

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    Hello Silviu,
    We do have a program management office (PMO) and there are 3 of us in the “project management office” that are now overseeing the charter identification, tollgate reviews, project tracking, and metrics, to name a few.
    I am not an MBB, I’m a BB – but we did not cover project selection very much in training. I do have guidelines for the 8 week steps I laid up above but they are very vague.
    Thanks for the help; I’m organizing a prime value chain review for later this week.

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    #162773

    Mikel
    Member

    Yes Mom, I’ll try to be a good boy. Please don’t give me a timeout.

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    #162848

    anon
    Participant

    Good news and bad news.
    March/April issue iSixSigma Magazine.
    Two articles.
    1. Project Selection by Jonathan Atwood.
    2. A Healthy Pipeline by Mike Carnell and Scot Shank.

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    #162850

    Brandon
    Participant

    Stan I didn’t write that previous message – I swear. I always post as Brandon.

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    #162851

    Mikel
    Member

    No problem, it’s probably Carnell. I let one or two indiscretions slide.

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    #162853

    Dr. Scott
    Participant

    Karen,
    I have worked with the Army, Navy, and other valuable government agencies. Please email me at @hotmail.com">dodoc@hotmail.com . We can start from there and maybe talk on the phone. I will help you directly with your question.
    This place is getting too crazy.
    Your Choice,
    Dr. Scott
     

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    #162854

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    Thank you

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    #162855

    SS
    Member

    This is funny.
    Brandon, thanks for your support.
    Stan, sorry to disappoint but Brandons right…he’s not me.
    Scot Shank

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    #162856

    Mikel
    Member

    Glad you think his promotion of your business is funny.
    I think it is funny too.

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    #162857

    SS
    Member

    Al rrrrr Stan, your the funny one…as always, keep it up Champ.

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    #162869

    fake accrington alert
    Participant

    Are  you  certified BB or  only BB?There  is  a  great  difference?
    best  regards 

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    #162913

    Bonghanoy
    Participant

    Why does it matter if I have certified yet or not? I am looking for ways to identify good projects as a Command Deployment Champion. Most champions receive 3 days of training only, while I have had 5 weeks. What are these great differences your referring to?

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    #162917

    Brandon
    Participant

    There is no such thing as “certified” – it’s a fictitous title we all give each other.

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    #162920

    Brandon
    Participant

    My apologies. My boss asked to me to correct myself and let you know that from OpenSource you can get the following –
    “Download our Certified Lean Six Sigma Assessments and test your knowledge or prepare for certifications.  Access Free Stuff such as templates and glossaries.  Check out our Multipult, a revolutionary training aid and be sure to check in regularly, we are getting ready to offer some great books in true Open Source Six Sigma fashion…low cost…high quality.”

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    #162926

    Dr. Scott
    Participant

    Brandon,
    Amen!
    Dr.Scott

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    #162958

    fake accrington alert
    Participant

    Great respect  to  you
    Just  asking
    Not  referring to  any  great  differences
    Take  it  easy
    best  regards

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    #162959

    fake accrington alert
    Participant

    Are  you  serious?
    Please  elaborate  with  facts  and real actual  cases
    I’m  waiting
    best  regards

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