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    Brian Pauquette
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    I am looking for an effective model for Six Sigma implementation.Β  Everything that I have read or come across so far has been very vague an uninformative.Β  We are a small print production operation (about 350 people), and I’m sure we could figure it out, but I would rather skip some of the bumps and bruises by learning from others successes and mistakes of others.
    Anyone have a good book, website, etc. that really helped them get off the ground?

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    #81031

    Jararatnam
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    Hi Brian,
    I’m afraid that you’re asking for the holy grail of Six Sigma. I’m not sure that one exists. The trouble is that every company is different: structure, organizational layout, culture, needs from Six Sigma. etc. It’s almost impossible to take a “successful” implementation and use directly for your purposes. Imagine taking the GE implementation and using it for your 350 person company? Do the bumps that GE experienced and fixed guarantee that you won’t feel them? Obviously not.
    I’m not a big fan or consultants and I use very few in my company, but I tend to agree that the “right” consultant will help you where you need it (of course, they need to have the expertise I mentioned above). If you know Six Sigma and only need help with the implementation (not materials, training, software, etc.), I suggest you browse through the consultants section to find one that will only provide that service. You can probably find one that fits in your budget (provided you have one), but make sure they are reputable. I’ve called a couple that claim to be SS consultants, but were merely TQM guys.
    I hope my thoughts helped in some way.
    Rita

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    #81144

    Mike Bouyea
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    I found the book Making Six Sigma Last by George Eckes to be very helpful.Β  Many sources focus soley on the “Q”uality of the strategic and tactical element of the deployment.Β  This book adds the cultural “A”cceptance piece to the equation.Β  He uses the formula E=Q*A, where the E refers to the extent that a company achieves Six Sigma as a technical measure of performance.Β  Here’s an excerpt from the book:

    Learning the tools in Making Six Sigma Last will be relatively easy. Becoming good at using them will take practice. There are six major areas to improve your A or acceptance number in the Q Γ— A = E equation. This book will show you how to:

    Create the need for Six Sigma.
    Shape a vision of Six Sigma so that employees understand the desired results and new behaviors of a Six Sigma organization.
    Mobilize commitment to Six Sigma and overcome resistance.
    Change your systems and structures to support the new Six Sigma culture.
    Measure Six Sigma cultural acceptance.
    Develop Six Sigma leadership. “
    Good luck, keep the faith, and remember that if you don’t have bumps and bruises you’re not pushing hard enough.
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    #81147

    Charles Ivory
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    Brian:
    I don’t know about implementation plans but Bank of America is using a GE based model.Β  We have hired Master Black Belts from GE and other companies who are driving out our program.Β  For example, Initial roll out is to give all employeess Six Sigma fundamental training 4-6 hours.Β  The top level managers(CEO on down) Β are trained and must complete a greenbelt projects.Β  Ken Lewis CEO has completed his project and is certified.Β  Managers at all levels must buy in or you are wasting your time. Selected associates are trained and certified as Greenbelts are then trained and certified as Blackbelts.Β  We are growing our own.Β  I am in the process right now and will be going to Black Belt training next week.Β  If you want to call me and leave a voice mail, I will try and contact you next week to give you more background.
    Charles Ivory 602 597-5164
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    #81177

    RW
    Member

    Hi,
    A year and a half ago, I implemented SS using a consultant. Originally, I was from the printing industry, where I implemented TQM, CIP and SS like programs. If you want to send me an Β e-mail with your phone number I will gladly give you input from my experience.
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    Regards,
    RW

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    #81178

    Q.
    Participant

    Hi RW,
    If you’re going to provide your thoughts, would you mind doing it here. I’d love to read your tips and pointers also since I’m in a relatively small business.
    Thanks!
    Q.

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    #81417

    Brian Pauquette
    Participant

    I would love to talk to you.Β  I can be reached at 614-277-5133 or pauqueb(at)nationwide(dot)com.

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    #82873

    Guest
    Participant

    Please add me to your list. I’m gathering information on deployment of SS and would like to understand more in depth the differences in quality programs.

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    #115653

    TV
    Member

    I am currently working as a Master Black Belt at my present company.Β  IΒ grew-up with the GE Six Sigma culture andΒ  I certified as a Black Belt with GE.Β  I think one of the best books that has help me and still does is the Six Sigma Handbook by Thomas Pyzdek.Β  It is not the Holy Grail but it can step you through the various phases it takes to get going.Β  But for starters in my exeperienceΒ havingΒ the willingness to implement and accomplish Six Sigma and Lean must come from the Executive Top Mangement first, if not it will just be another flavor of the month program.

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