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    spchokka
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    How Six Sigma could me used in a Research Lab? Can anybody help?

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    #120229

    Spchokka,
    Living in Cambridge UK, I encounter the problem all the time. When I ask why not use some statistical methods – the answer is inevitable – our sample sizes are too small.
    When I probe a little further and point out that small samples size are actually a good case for using DOE, to gain as much information from the small sample size as possible; I usually get blank stares, or the person might even claim ‘we haven’t got time for that! (This is a typically response from a Cambridge PhD, or any other PhD for that matter in this area.)
    Now this same person happened to be developing a product for a major corporation with very deep pockets and I observed him run sixty separate experiments, one variable at a time! I didn’t understand why until one of the directors happened to comment to me that it was time for him to walk around the office and crack the whip!!!
    Hmm I thought .. no wonder there is a dearth of creativity in this organisation, its just like a Roman Galley – everyone is rowing and  ‘switched off’ .. which is not good in an R&D organisation.
    Andy
     

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    #120234

    Praveen Gupta
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    Six Sigma has four components, namely, the intent/strategy, methodoloyg, measurements, and tools. A right combination of all four can be created suitable for R&D. At the intent level, Six Sigma means a lots of improvement very fast, methodology implies DMAIC, Tools are too many to list, and some of them can be applied to exploit opportunities for improvement in R&D for achieving its purpose/objectives. The last one is measurements. Though measurements can be created to assess improvement and Sigma level in R&D, however, that is the last one to be concerned. The main benefit can be realized from the intent, methodology and tools of Six Sigma.
    Praveen

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    #120241

    Sounds easy Praveen – you must have a special talent!
    Cheers,
    Andy

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    #120242

    Mikel
    Member

    Hi Praveen,
    Long time, no see.
    It is always enlightening to here one of your round worded answers. Truth is R&D process is unfocused and full of non value add. The biggest gains are in Lean principles; i.e. what is the innovation process and how to link it to VOC.
    Regards. I look forward to a round worded response.

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    #120269

    Praveen Gupta
    Participant

    Hello Stan:
    It sounds like you agree with Mikel Harry in saying that the R&D, a most influencial process, is normally the worse managed process. Lean is the first visible and streamlining process that can eliminate lots of waste. Six Sigma and Innovation process can build on the working R&D dept. to next level of performance to create economic value, instead of just fancy technical output.
    Yes, good to hear your more mild response. I suppose all is well!
    Andy: Thanks for your comments. Aren’t we hardworking engineers looking for simple solutions!
    Regards,
    praveen

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    #120281

    Mikel
    Member

    You itching for a fight saying I agree with Mikel?
    Mikel has no real experience in implementation and I do.

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    #120284

    Stevo
    Member

    Stan and Mikel siting in a tree,      k – i – s – s – i – n – g…..

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    #120403

    New VGB
    Participant

    I’m still waiting to read  some  oulines as  a  wrapping-up  of  your  new SS Theory,best wishes.

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