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  • #38646

    Danny W
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    I am looking for a reference on potential projects within a medium size company. (multiple U.S. and Mexico operations)
    I’ve found bits and pieces but no complete reference.
    Finance, marketing/Sales, Maintenance, Operations, Mfg, etc…
    Thanks for the help.

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    #115973

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Danny W,
    Project selection is a process. You need to learn the process not look for a list from someone elses company.
    Just my opinion.
    Good luck

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    #115975

    Danny W
    Participant

    Thanks for the reply. I am trying not to re-invent the wheel so to speak. There are generic projects that can be undertaken. I am looking for ideas. I can come up with my own projects if I want to spend the time thinking about them but why should I do redundant work when I am sure there is a source for generic projects out there.

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    #115981

    Sean Stephan
    Member

    Danny,Potential projects:1. Implementing Lean Sigma into Maintenance- Reduce Unscheduled Downtime- Improve PM turnaround by eliminating steps.2. Increase productivity projects- Eliminate Non-Value added steps in the MFG process- Increase raw material quality3. Reduce waste in MFG- Decrease raw material usage in manufacturing process- Reduce scrap, rework, etc.4. Finance- Increase pay terms from 30 days to 60 days, the intrest received on the cash flow in 30 days is your savings to the bottom line of the company. And if it is a public company the stock will rise with increased quarter earnings.- Take advantage of discounts affered for paying within 15 days etc. You have to look at the cost benefit.- Assign vendors to a consignment terms on highly consumable items.5. Operations– Reduce employee turnover- Automation projects to eliminate job position- Eliminate repetitive injuries from repetitive tasks- Reduce trucking costs 6. Sales– Decrease warranty claims- Focus resources on one distributor to increase product flow.- Scrub the product specs to make sure you comply with the product wrapper. ie. cost avoidance of legal action.If you need more ideas let me know. I would be glad to help you along.Sean Stephan                                                                                   Six Sigma MBB                                                                              Lean Sigma [email protected]

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    #115985

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Danny W.,
    On the surface it sounds like a good idea to not be redundant. I would be surprized if it turned out that you were. Assuming your HR department was exactly like someone elses HR department is a hypothesis test and it rarely gets checked with data. It is that Best Practices syndrome that can eventually bite you. 
    When you are going through the process of drilling down through your company you are learning how it works and understanding (or least should be) the relationships and how different areas affect one another. If you are just firing off projects and no one is watching the big picture or worse, no one understands it you will sooner or later end up with Single Point Optimization.
    Just my opinion.
    Good luck

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    #115986

    Tronan
    Member

    You are in a field.
    On the ground is a Shotgun and a Rifle (rifle has a laser targeting system attached).
    The target is 80 metres away, and he has a rocket launcher in front of him with full intent on using it against you.
    Which gun will you use?
     
    The Shotgun (the generic list) may or may not work, depends on if you feel lucky……
    A rifle bullet in the forehead will always work.
    Sometimes its worth thinking about it.
    T.

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    #115992

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Tronan,
    It sounds like you have had a tough day.
    Regards

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    #115994

    Tronan
    Member

    Ah, Mike,
    Yep,
    I think I have nailed down whats up though. I have 4 days to go in my 2 month resignation period and anything I do now will be hard to hand over when I leave, so I am picking up lots of bitty things to do and that drives me nutty! I like to be out up and running, with all kinds of things on the go.
    Hence why I have been on the IsixSigma website so much, and increasingly so over the past couple of weeks. I am deeply considering doing the forbidden and taunting Stan just for a new one liner to brighten my dull day.
    Highest Regards,
    T.

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    #115999

    Dog Sxxt
    Participant

    Shooting blindly approach or just another typical consultant’s approach.

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    #116000

    Danny W
    Participant

    I’ve read some of the discussions going on here and have found some of them amusing and some scary.
    On behalf of the sane/competent world I would like to say, “hello”. All I am looking for is some reference material on generic projects that can provide some stimuli for thought.
    To say all SS projects have to be specific to a company is stating the obvious but there are some projects that fall under broad categories. ie. reducing A/R time, reducing DPMO. I am looking for generic info gained from the experience of competent people. That’s why this is called a “discussion board” or “forum”. People who are relatively new should be able to ask for help from the “experienced” people.
    Unfortunately, it seems like the “experienced” people would rather shoot barbs. This reflects a poor attitude and insecurity in my mind . Let’s all lose some arrogance and gain some compassion. Asking for assistance is not a weakness but a strength.
    Just my humble thoughts.

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    #116001

    Tronan
    Member

    Ar Ha!
    The shooting barbs thing, I am guessing that would be me.
    Don’t take what I say to heart, it was merely a way of putting a point across. Obviously I don’t want rocket launcher guy to get you, or you him. It was the way it was explained to me….  Actually, thinking about it, I think there may have been bows and arrows, and it was about accuracy and precision. for Gave R+R, but hey it works just as well.
    Smile and the world smiles with you sir.
    T.
     

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    #116002

    Danny W
    Participant

    Not you brother. I just read some other discussions and as always am surprised that some people are rude and callous.
    Keep up the smiling thing.

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    #116003

    Peppe
    Participant

    Not knowing your field of actvities and the details to go in deep discussion about areas of improvements, I feel ( maybe you already did it, if so apologies) to suggest to take a good book on Lean and looking for ideas.
    Rgs, Peppe

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    #116004

    Dog Sxxt
    Participant

    So you are expecting make you happy answers from public forum?More tragic is to accept professional advices from consultants who are promoting their service in this forum.

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    #116005

    Dog Sxxt
    Participant

    My advice is to buy standard solutions from some consultants to make him happy.

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    #116008

    Peppe
    Participant

    Ehi Dog Sxxt,
    today you gave a big contribution to consultants reputation, in your posts.
    Your wounds are still fresh  ? 
    Rgs, Peppe

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    #116014

    Dog Sxxt
    Participant

    Good consultants do not need any self-promotion here like some idiots. Taking offend and irritated from noises in a public forum is damned stupid.

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    #116016

    Dayton
    Member

    Dog,
     
    It is always so difficult to identify your position on issues and concerns – it must be that inscrutability factor at work.  I sense some reluctance on your part to fully express yourself – are you for or against people coming onto the forum to self-promote consultative services? 
     
    Also, are you for or against people coming onto the forum to ask a basic question that could have been answered more effectively with a little basic and prior research on their part?  
     
    And finally are you for or against people becoming offended when you bluntly point out and comment on your perception of their shortcomings?  
     
     Vinny

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    #116029

    Solo
    Member

    DW,
    You might benefit from the articles under “Methodologies” > “Project Selection” on the left hand side of this web page…
    -Solo

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    #116034

    Dog Sxxt
    Participant

    Vinny,
    I am fully against any self-promotion in public forum. That is why I became an unknown dog sxxt, a handler means nothinh except for some inferior complexity consultants.
    I am not against anyone whether they are new or old in this public. Nonsense questions may be get some hard answers without mercy. They have rights to ask basic questions, and other like me also have rights to reply with stupid answers since this is a public forum.

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    #116045

    Sean S
    Member

    I agree with you Danny. A true six sigma professional would assist and mentor rather than throw barbs or arrows at another six sigma colleague. Some say they are pessimistic and synical and these individuals should not be involved in Six Sigma. These types of individuals are the resistance we are trying overcome in promoting the six sigma methodology in our companies. As for Dog Shxxt’s response, I am sorry you need more help in scoping out your own projects. It seems it is the case of  the blind leading the blind and they all go no where.
    Sean

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    #116049

    Mikel
    Member

    I agree with you. The nerve of these people not wanting to come on here and help.
    PS – Where is your help Sean and Danny? I don;t see anything but judgements.

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    #116050

    AlexP
    Participant

    Mike ,
    While reading some of your posts, ( i can’t remember exaclty which ones) you give me the impression that the idea of having academics involved in Six Sigma is not so good. Would you mind getting into more detail about it? I’m not, in any way, saying you are wrong, i ‘d just like to hear the opinion of a professional that is much respected.
    Just to remind that i’m a PhD student and i have never been a six sigma practitioner, therefore my argumentation would make no sense. I hope i will be able to get involved with 6sigma in practice very soon and maybe then i’ll have a more good understanding of how good or bad is having academics involved.   
    Kind Regards,
    Alex

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    #116052

    Dayton
    Member

    Dog,
    Those were tongue in cheek rhetorical questions – no real response was anticipated.   It was actually pretty clear as to your perspective.    Keep manning the isixsigma parapets and fighting the good fight – understand though that folks are beginning to see you coming.  I, for one, tend to think, “Oh, crap 1 , now I’m going to get it!!! “ when I see that you have posted in response to something I posted – and I’ll bet others are beginning to think the same.
    Vinny1 Tronan, 2005  

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    #116055

    Dayton
    Member

    Alex,
    As a PhD who was an academic and is currently a practicing BB, although certainly not at the level of Mike C., I will give you what I believe to be an informed opinion of the concern alluded to by Mike. 
    But, I will do so only if you go back to your posting and repost your entire posting with your many references to “I” in upper case.   I don’t think that’s too much to ask for from a PhD student.  Think of me as your dissertation committee chair, and so far I’d have bounced your dissertation’s introduction chapter draft higher than a hard thrown golf ball.  
    Where are you getting your PhD and who is on your committee?Vinny

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    #116056

    Tronan
    Member
    #116059

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Alexp,
    I am sure with the tone of some of the posts I have left a lot of people with that impression. Vinny actually sounds like a good combination to work with and he hangs out at MD Anderson. I do not believe that a Phd makes a person an authority and I also don’t believe that X number of years makes a person an authority.
    John popped on here the other day with stats on how much he had read. That is a good thing. Stan and I have read most of it and written some of it over the last 21 years – some more than once. Reading 100+ articles doesn’t mean much and being able to cite things like a human version of Google doesn’t help anyone much. I can do a search myself.
    When we (our company) are on a deployment we bring a pretty good mix. We frequently use Dr. Shree Nanguneri who has a Phd. He is also an experienced practitioner (Six Sigma trained at GE). There have been some issue around certain processes where I was very glad we had his knowledge and expertice. I just go to the back of the bus and Shree drives. Whatever moves the program forward.
    I see 4 areas to Six Sigma.
    The academic side of Six Sigma projects does not need to be that complicated. Most processes are so screwed up that basic tools will get you where you want to go. This is usually where one of the academics stands up and tells you that they have known the tools for years. Who cares. What have you done with them for years.
    The academic side of some processes is a different story. The basic step in copper processing was floatation – put the copper into a solution and float it to the top on the surface of a bubble. That can be an interesting process and if you try just wandering around to figure it out it will be a while. I want some academic proficiency when we run into this situation.
    Implementation of solutions from projects, I think, is much more interesting than projects. You may have a great solution technically and making it stick is still a crap shoot. It is getting everyone moving one direction that is interesting. You see these long strings on which Control Chart – if you can’t figure out which one then how are you going to get anyone to use it, react to it and maintain it.
    The part that I really like is a deployment. More of a Project Management issue. You can have the greatest Belts in the world and have your deployment go down in flames. For some reason people have come to believe if they hire a MBB they can do a deployment. There is a big difference between running a project and running a deployment and most of it isn’t academic (I will be hearing from Val on that comment – 2 Masters degrees).
    I do not believe that being an extreme value as either a practioner or an academic means you were born with a better pot to p__s in. I think it was a old Clint Eastwood movie where he would always make the remark “A mans got to know his limitations.” You have to know who is the right person to drive the bus.
    One of these days I may find the courage to see if I have the intestinal fortitude to complete an advanced degree (without getting bounced out of class for verbally assulting an academic). Till then I will keep guys like Shree around. I do respect a Phd for what they have accomplished academically. I also respect a solid practitioner of most anything (I had a BB who was the world Champion Cherry Pit Spitter – he had a process and was good at it – his wife was the Canadian Champion). My deployment Manager right now has a Phd and is great to work with. One of my Belts has a Phd and is great to work with. I worked with a man about 12 years ago who held 9 patents and was functionally illiterate, he was great to work with.
    Thanks for the question. I will try to be a little more balanced when I respond.
    Regards,
    Mike

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    #116063

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Sean,
    Thanks Stan but this is that “we’re professionals” stuff again so you just have to put up with whatever stuff we happen to spew. There is no win here. We need to just move aside so Sean can promote Six Sigma.
    You had better reread my response to Danny. There were not any barbs (actually a lot more help that you have given him). I suggested he learn a process for project selection and did not offer to sell him one. If Danny gets a little teary eyed because I offered some different dvice from what he requested then Danny will have a difficult time getting through Six Sigma.
     

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    #116066

    Sean S
    Member

    Stan,
    The help I was offering was up a couple of meassage threads. My point of judgement was we should help eachother succeed and encourage individuals who ask for help.
    Sean

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    #116067

    Tate r tot
    Member

    Dog Sxxt,
     
    There are two consultants in this string and only one seems to bother you. You have accused Carnell of self-promotion but I don’t see it in any of these posts. Give us an example of self-promotion. If you think that posting under a person’s real name is self-promotion why aren’t we addressing Michael Schlueter who has also been posting under his own name. You do not want to address that issue because it does not serve you. You feigned indignation does not ring true.
     
    It is mostly because it is convenient for you. You randomly bash whoever does not support the jibberish you post. Your ethics are to flexible and self-serving.
     
    If you believe it is self-promotion report it as spam and let the people who control the website decide. That may not be a good idea since we have seen all you posts about how you think they are unethical as well.
     
    Your posts are of random and superficial interest and little value. If you never posted again in your faux accent you would not be missed.
     Tate-R-Tot

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    #116068

    Sean S
    Member

    Mike,
    Where are you coming across I am selling Six Sigma. If you asked me for ideas I would give you what knowledge on project selection I have from my career in Six Sigma. I have worked in manufacturing and consulted for a large firm but do not advertise in a public forum. Reread the message thread and you will understand where I am coming from in offering ideas to help others promote six sigma methodologies so they can have success in their facilities.
    sean
    PS. Telling someone to read a book is one way but giving someone personal advice on structure and specific areas is another.

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    #116070

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Sean,
    This is from your post:
    “These types of individuals are the resistance we are trying overcome in promoting the six sigma methodology in our companies.” That is selling.
    As far as telling the guy what he wanted to know? He is making a move in project selection that can have a pretty negative effect on the program by trying to short cut project selection. I did explain that – reread the post. You can also reference Deming on the search for examples. Copying another project does not move towards success. you miss the entire logic of why it makes sense at your facility, not to mention it may not make sense to do it at your facility. But your an experienced consultant I’m sure you know that.
    As far as the advice to learn the project selection process – the saying about “teaching them to fish” has been around a long time. Lean to identify projects. So the next time they need a project he posts and asks for more projects? Interesting success model.
    PS: I didn’t have an example. Did you? The book is about a guy who did it. The book has the information he is looking for.

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    #116084

    Sean S
    Member

    Mike,
    As a Six Sigma practioner you should know about selling the idea to promote the culture change makes you a salesman wether you want to be or not. Leading a project team using the Six Sigma methodology you have to get the teams buy in by showing your confidence and passion for what you believe in. Thus, making you a salesman.
    I do believe in teaching them to fish, but in that time you are leaving dollars on the table. Urgency and the pursuit of profitability is why we do what we do. As a former consultant and MBB for AIS, GE, Stanley, Danaher ,I do know what it takes to mentor and accomplish great success in Six Sigma with other BB’s & GB’s.
    As far as books written there is one that does tails right along with Deming it is called the Six Sigma Bible  in which was written by myself and another MBB.  If you would like a copy I can forward you one.
    I do see your point and respect you opinion, but can you see mine as well.
    Great response,
    Sean

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    #116086

    Mikel
    Member

    Sean, I would love to read your six sigma bible. How do I get a copy?

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    #116088

    Dayton
    Member

    I also would like very much to get a copy of the Six Sigma Bible – I fear that I all too frequently need divine guidance, especially when it comes to Six Sigma.   Thanks in advance.
     Vinny

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    #116091

    MP
    Participant

    I’d like a copy as well … [email protected]
    MP

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    #116097

    Nagaraj Kini
    Participant

    Sean,
    If you can send me ths soft copy of Six Sigma Bible, it will be of great help.
    My E-Mail Id : [email protected]
    Thanks
    Nagaraj Kini
     

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    #116140

    Dog Sxxt
    Participant

    Sorry, I did not come across a guy called Michael Schlueter and also do not know he is a consultant who could published a book.

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    #116160

    AlexP
    Participant

    Dear Mike,
    Thank you for you reply
    Kind Regards,
    Alex

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    #116237

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Sean,
    I am always willing to read something new. My address is at http://www.CSIntlInc.com. Please sign it. Send me your address and I will send you one of mine.
     

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