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    MB
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    Hi,
    I did search prior to posting this but couldnt find anything….
    I work in a glass making factory (saint gobain) and the process is all automated and relies on key individuals constantly reviewing the process to ensure it remains within spec.  Due to the process it requires expert knowledge to adjust settings depending onthe output.
    These are the people who are being trained as Green Belts.  They all say they doen have any time to work on projects and i tend to agree that time is limited.  Any suggestions on how we can overcoem this issue? Im sure this happens all the time and im sure there are ways o overcome this….. i dont think its resistance to change, as they all seem on board, but they trully are finding it hard to free up (1 day per week as per the std GB model)
    Any help would help…..
    Thanks
    MB

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    #177382

    Clive
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    What are their managers/suppervisors saying to this? I guess these were the people who put them forward and agreed the amount of time they could spend on GB work.

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    #177383

    annon
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    A couple random thoughts for you:

    Running a basic Assessment and Selection Matrix on training candidates and project efforts should reveal such constraints / obstacles in the future (ie “Are all GB candidiates committed and calendered?”)
    The need for high skill sets due to operational precision & complexity are holding your CI efforts hostage.  You can move away from the traditional project format and embrace short Kaizen / Work Out Events coupled with individual improvements at the point of use (ie poka yoke program). 
    Regardless, efforts to reduce process sensitivity by eliminating the need for complexity and precision  (and thus, high skill sets) would be good areas to begin your effort.

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    #177395

    Angi Lee
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    Hi MB, Couple of thoughts on this one.
    1.  Is management on board with this?  If so, perhaps they can assist with schedule/resource options to ensure time is spent on improving initial quality thereby reducing the time spent on rework. 
    2.  If you have Black Belts, perhaps they could be leveraged to mentor the Green Belts through projects.
    3.  Consider if the 1-day per week standard is right for your Green Belts and the operation. 
    Hope this helps!

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    #177398

    MB
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    Hi,
    The organisation is very new to Six Sigma and was “rushed in” due to CI clearly being an area for focus in an assesment.  Its kind of chicken and egg here i know, sort your problems out then you process wont be so sensitive and need so much expertise!?
    I think one issue is the project selection…. huge! Lots of potential interacting variables and a prime example of DOE.  I will bring it to the steering commitee to change this project i think… The management team are bought in but i think are trying to get the “massive financial wins” too early!  Thanks for your comments!

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    #177437

    Tom Hopper
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    It sounds to me as though you have one of two problems: either your processes are out of control (statistically speaking) or not capable, or your people are very disorganized. Any effort that improves either situation will free up time to do more improvement projects. I suggest that early projects should be selected for their short duration and clear improvement to operational efficiency. Once the green belts are no longer spending all their time with their hands in the process, then you can do some bigger projects.

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    #177456

    Jonathon Andell
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    Consider treating the resourcing issue using project management tools: work breakdown structure, Gantt charts. Then factor in staffing and resources. This may or may not make management respond appropriately, but at least it forces them to confront realities in a tangible, hours, dollars, and budgets way.

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