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    amigo
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    Hello There,I understand that 6-Sigma offers a standard method/approach to meet a specific goal by optimum utilization of limited resources.However, when it comes to installing this practice,. my challange (that I wish to put across for advice/suggestions) is fact that all present teams and team leaders have individual approach to goal. They have pretty much spent quite a time in respective approach. They command certain respect and importance for the uniqueness of respective approach. Now, the Geography head wish to install Six-Sigma practices without disturbing the current practices. The change management without any dictat of inevitability.My Query is,… what models of change management are available ,.. or what methods did you use to ride on the Six-Sigma wagon .

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    #171595

    MrMHead
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    SS is a method to Improve processes.  Not to replace processes.
    “team leaders have individual approach to goal” – Is the goal “Process Improvement”, or is the goal a quantifiable result (x # of parts, $y sold, etc)  SS should not conflict with a method of reaching results.
    If you have a number of different processes reaching for a number of different goals, by a number of different teams, then you could very well need a number of different CAP tools geared towards each teams representative personalities.
    If all teams are doing the same thing, reaching for the same goal, but just in different ways, you may have an opportunity to examine and promote best practices.
    For the “Push” – you need Sr. level buy-in, stakeholder analysis to identify other important targets, and my personal favorite is to identify the early adopters and get them to help wave the flag! 

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    #171596

    Engine Boy
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    No specific model,it is not a fashion show.

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    #171745

    bmcpherson
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    Actually I do not recall reading anywhere that Six Sigma is tool for  optimum utilization of limited resources.
    Six Sigma Is a process improvement tool not a resource management tool.
    If you want to optimize limited resources consider reading up on Goldratts Theory of Constraints and Critical Chain Project Management

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    #171751

    Outlier, MDSB
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    My favorite quote from your post is, “Now, the Geography head wish to install Six-Sigma practices without disturbing the current practices.”
    To me that’s really funny (in a sad, “they REALLY don’t get it” sort of way). In order to be succesful with a Six Sigma deployment you are going to have to disturb a lot of practices. Mr. MHead got it right when he said you will need support from senior Management. Especially if you have at least one level of management who wants to invoke change without really changing.
    I am fortunate to work in a company that deployed six sigma on a corporate-wide basis where the highest level of senior management led the charge. If I were move to another company to try to start a six sigma program with limited resources or with differeing opinions about change management, I think I would concentrate on one division in the compny. I would ask for the group that had the most problems and was desperate to try anything in order to avoid being shut down. Then I would systematically prioritize the problems and use six sigma and Lean tools to get some quick successes. If you do it right, you’ll have other teams coming to you to ask what this six sigma stuff is all about and how did you manage to turn that division around.
    Go get in there and start disturbing some practices!

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    #171752

    Brandon
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    Great advice, MDSB. The ideal is exec commitment and support. However, lacking that, a practioner can just apply LSS quietly and await the obvious question by somebody “How did you do that?”
    Then the flood gates open!

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    #171803

    NormalDistro
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    Amigo,
    Suggest you read pages 12 through 15 of Pete Pande and Larry Holpp’s book – What is Six Sigma or any other intro text to Six Sigma, such as What is Lean Six Sigma by Mike George, Dave Rowlands, and Bill Kastle.  I’m not endorsing these texts, the general gist is to learn about Six Sigma from a basic text.  I can’t really tell the depth of your problem from your post, but it seems as if your teams need to first  learn the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) principles, apply the tools and to really be effective, use LSS as system for process and productivity improvement.
    If It Isn’t Normally Distributed, it’s ABNORMAL.
    NormalDistro

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