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    David Suhrie
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    I am looking for a “interesting” project to spark my team of greenbelts on what Six Sigma can do outside the corporate world, such as a six sigma project around diets, sports anything that would be a little “light hearted” and really get them thinking how they could use six sigma everyday.  Any ideas on where to go or pitches that people have done are greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for the help!!
    Dave

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    #82268

    Mikel
    Member

    I have a thought for you.
    I have a need for a six sigma professional to drive a new six sigma survey tool.
     
    call me at 508-616-5552
     
    There

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    #82269

    Are you from Mass Stan?
    Participant

    Are you from Massachussets Stan?  Just curious.
    Senior Master Black Belt

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    #82270

    Mikel
    Member

    Yes
    Curiosity prompts me to ask how you knew 

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    #82272

    sqe
    Member

    I knew just from your area code.

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    #82275

    David Suhrie
    Participant

    Actually I am not looking to complete a project, as I have enough projects currently.  I was hoping to leverage a project someone did that would just be for demonstration on how Six Sigma can be used outside work, for example I know I have seen Six Sigma done on golf scores.  If I can not find one I will make up an example but was hoping someone had one I could leverage.
    Thanks

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    #82280

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    David,
    I ran a DOE with Professional bowlers. Unfortunately it was inside corporate America since our business was manufacturing bowling balls. I can talk some in generalities or I can give you name of the VP of Manufacturing and he can determine what he can and can’t give out. @aol.com">SixSigmaAp@aol.com
    There was a guy at Qualtec (Scott Ashby – who has since left) that was going to do some stuff with skeet or trap shooting. We talked through the data gathering stuff but I don’t know where it went from there. I can give you contact info for him as well.
    The people that may be able to help you a bunch is the Hertzler Group from Goshin, Indiana. They have a system they take to shows that uses their data collection system to analyze golf swings. It is fun and if you listen it can make improvements pretty quickly. I have no clue if they are willing to bring it out to a private facility – I have only see it at shows. I don’t have contact information on them but Jeff Ozarski at Minitab knows them pretty well.
    Good luck.

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    #82281

    Jbar
    Participant

    I have used parts of Six Sigma as a career planning tool.  However, I don’t have a project.  I have used some of the methodology & tools to evaluate new career opportunities.
    We’ve also used “making pizzas” in our curriculum to keep things simple.

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    #82283

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Jbar,
    You triggered some old memories.
    John Hathaway (formerly of Six Sigma Qualtec) and his daughter ran a DOE for a school science thing. It was really creative. They used the shades of brown on paint chips from a paint store for a measurement system.
    When we did the Sumitomo deployment a few years ago one BB did a DOE on frying eggs and another guy did a great study with Lego cars and a ramp. Really creative.
    Roy Piciacchia at Lockwood Greene in Knoxville, TN has some great stuff he does around comparing how we run our homes versus how we operate at work (you don’t drop your groceries off at the garage for someone to inspect before you take them in the house to use, etc). He also has a lean demo that is the best I have ever seen and it is fun (unless you let John L play the part of the customer).
    Good luck.

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    #82380

    Szentannai
    Member

    Hi,
    we recently discussed a nice project at lunch — the optimization of the time it takes the waiter to take our orders and bring out the food. We did a quick brainstorm to identify the Xs — distance the waiter has to walk to the table, how many people order the same dish, time of the day etc. Next step will be DOE probably. The good side is that we can do our measurements during the break — and have some fun as well.
    regards
    Sandor

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    #82383

    Linda Day
    Participant

    I would love to be able to mtoivate my company – this comparison about grocieries and inspection is great- If Roy or anyone knows him, I would love to get a vidoe or more examples.Please email me [email protected]
    “Roy Piciacchia at Lockwood Greene in Knoxville, TN has some great stuff he does around comparing how we run our homes versus how we operate at work (you don’t drop your groceries off at the garage for someone to inspect before you take them in the house to use, etc). He also has a lean demo that is the best I have ever seen and it is fun (unless you let John L play the part of the customer).”

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    #82385

    Chen
    Participant

    We had a person do a very nice DOE on making Cub Scout Pine Wood Derby cars (timely topic for this time of year for the Scouters out there).  The DOE was very thorough (2 to the 7-3 with 3 replicates) and several folks implemented the conclusions with tremendous results.  In the 3 years since this work was completed, 90% of the winning cars in all divisions were made by folks who followed the recommendations of the DOE. 
    In addition to the DOE itself, he followed the DMAIC methodology to identify the critical x’s. 

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    #82390

    John Dubuc
    Participant

    Achieving Personal Goals using DMAIC…
     
    Dave, you might want to ask the “customer” (in this case the people you are trying to sell Six Sigma to) what’s important in their lives or where they’re having problems.
     

    Staying on budget
    Improving and sustaining good health (key metric: level of enjoyment)
    Improving a relationship
    Managing time
    Etc.
    Useful projects will appear.
     
    Warmest regards

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    #82394

    bgl
    Participant

    Can you share the results of the pine wood derby DOE with me as I am currently starting this project  with my sons?  Thanks!

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    #82396

    Chen
    Participant

    The three most critical x’s were the amount of graphite on the wheels (lubricating/spinning them for 1 minute prior to the race), axle preparation (grinding the imperfections off with a dremel as opposed to just using them directly out of the box) and the location of the weight (amount of weight on the rear axle).  He did a response optimizer on the weight and there was a strong optimum at having 69% of the overall weight on the rear axle.  If you put more than this, the car had a tendancy to do wheelies down the track (which is not good for a fast time).  If you put less than this (ie, more than 31% weight on the front  axle), the car starts out well, but slows down in the straightaway.  It is a little difficult to get this weight distribution — he did an MSA with different car bodies and actually cut up pieces of cars so he could determine weight distribution.  The way I do it which is an approximation is I determine how much weight I need to add to the car once my sons have made their car shapes and then I just make sure we put 70% of the added weight squarely on the rear axle.  Good luck!

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    #82409

    DMAIC Guru
    Participant

    We use a dieting example as in our Intro to Six Sigma materials as a common-sense way of illustrating the DMAIC approach.  Let me know your address and I will email it.

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    #82411

    Obiwan
    Participant

    David
    I have completed an analysis of my “drive to work” time.  As I am a person that enjoys their sleep, I like to understand exactly how much time it takes for me to get to work.
    It is relatively easy to do and can really show the DMAIC process.
    Obiwan

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    #82434

    Dr.R.S.Chalapathi
    Participant

    I am interested in the example.  Can you please mail it to me at [email protected]
     

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    #82435

    Dinesh Rao
    Participant

    Hello Dr.Chalapati,
    I’m Dinesh from Whirlpool of India.
    I’m interested in a mini Six Sigma project.
    Will u help me out?
    Regards,
    Dinesh
     

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    #82461

    David Suhrie
    Participant

    My e-mail is below and thanks so much for the help.  I really apprecaite it and hopefully this will spur my greenbelts!!
    Dave
    [email protected]

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    #82542

    Tierradentro
    Participant

    Jerry,
    I am Scout Leader from Sydney Australia and didn’t expect to pick up a very useful Scouting tip trolling through Six Sigma advice.
    Thanks,
    John
     
     
     

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    #82599

    Lalit Upmanyu
    Participant

    Hi,
    I would be interested to know about the deiting example. Please mail me at [email protected]

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