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    Josh
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    Hi there
    I am leading a Lean assessment of an approval and activation process for B2B financial services fulfillment.  I am looking for open source software or plug-ins to Microsoft applications that faciliate graphical and quant analysis.
    If you know of any, please email me!
    Thanks,
    Josh

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    #58927

    qualitycolorado
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    Josh,Are you looking for tools beyond what is available in the Microsoft Office Suite (such as the capabilities in MS Excel)?Are you looking for Lean tools in particular, or general analysis capabilities?best regards,QualityColorado

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    #58928

    qualitycolorado
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    Josh,Here are a few freeware tools you may want to consider:yEdaph Editor (for flow charts, UML diagrams, mind maps and other kinds of diagrams, graphs and networks):
    http://www.tucows.com/preview/411263
    InfoRapid Knowledge Map (for knowledge maps, organizational charts, decision trees, and work breakdown structures):http://www.tucows.com/preview/416448The Query Tool (For data mining):http://www.tucows.com/preview/248796… hope this helps …Best Regards,QualityColorado

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    #58929

    Josh
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    QualityColorado –
    Thanks so much for the great tools! Do you have any other freeware / opensource applications that you know of?
    Regards,
    Josh
     

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    #58931

    qualitycolorado
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    Josh,  

    FYI, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a lot of material from many of its courses on-line, for FREE, through its “open courseware” site:  http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html

    There are several courses regarding Lean (and Six Sigma):
    1. “Lean Six Sigma” (from 2004):
    http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Engineering-Systems-Division/ESD-60Summer-2004/CourseHome/index.htm
    2.  Integrating the Lean Enterprise (from 2005):
    http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Aeronautics-and-Astronautics/16-852JFall-2005/CourseHome/index.htm
    3.   “Operations Management” (from 2002):
    http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Sloan-School-of-Management/15-760AOperations-ManagementSpring2002/CourseHome/index.htm
     
    You can not get MIT college credit for these on-line offerings. However, there is a tremendous amount of knowledge that can be accessed by self-learners at no charge.
    … hope this is helpful to you …
     
    Best regards,
     
    QualityColorado

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    #58935

    qualitycolorado
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    Josh,Here is some additional freeware that may be useful to you as you pursue your improvement project efforts:
    TASKMAN (helps you to centralize your thoughts and focus on the more important issues, which is importnat for Six Sigma or any other improvement method):http://www.tucows.com/preview/356952
    DIAGRAM DESIGNER (flowcharts, etc)http://www.tucows.com/preview/415032
    XL-Flow 1.0 (business process workflows and automation, kind of)http://www.tucows.com/preview/332870
    EASYPROJECT (decent project management tool; includes reports for project costs, gantt charts and resource utilization tools):http://www.tucows.com/preview/327691
    PROJECT IN A BOX (another project management tool, based on the PRINCE 2 standard)http://www.tucows.com/preview/501850
    PROJECT ENGINE – PERSONAL(yet another project management tool)http://www.tucows.com/preview/337832
    IN-STEP (and yet another project management tool, specifically for software development)http://www.tucows.com/preview/371484
    ISSUES TRAKCER (for issue management) http://www.tucows.com/preview/500186
    STRATEGY MAP BALANCED SCORECARD (mind-map style flowchart that defines the mission, goals, perspectives and objectives that are then used to drive the balanced scorecard to develop Individual employee scorecard-based business plans.) http://www.tucows.com/preview/422443
    .. hope this is helpful …Best regards, QualityColorado

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