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    Crommentuijn
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    My company will hold a family open day next month.
    To increase the awareness of Six sigma amongst both employees and their families I want to have a stand with Six Sigma games.
    They should require minimal explanation, target one of the many aspects of Six Sigma, have a relevance to their personal situation (home) and should be fun!
    ideas sofar are:
    – FTY or RTY,  variability: The dartboard for  as previously discussed on this forum
    – pareto, gauge R&R: M&M’s, measure the lengths using different size rulers and the colour
    – Time & motion, process optimisation: some form of powerpoint presentations where people can make choices about e.g. choose the most optimum position of the tea, milk, sugar and cups in your kitchen to minimise time and effort.
    I would be grateful to receive more ideas which are simple to put on a stand.

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    #78129

    Shandon
    Member

    Have you ever measured Tootsie roll candies instead of M&Ms.  The heat from your hands causes them to expand.  Makes a really wild R&R.   

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    #78131

    Jamie
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    You can try a DOE for paper airplanes.  See what factors make them fly the farthest.  You can also do a DOE with a catapult.  People tend to enjoy anything that deals with flying objects.
     
     

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    #78132

    James A
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    Shandon,
    This sounds like an amazing piece of confectionary – but what happens if you eat a whole bag?  The coefficient of thermal expansion vs. the elastic limit of the stomach?

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    #78135

    Crommentuijn
    Participant

    Thanks for feedback:
    2 questions, 1 more thought:
    Q1. As I am a Dutchman based in the UK I have not come across Tootsie roles, are they like winegums? Could be indeed maddening measuring flexible sweets with a vernier! Not only will they be great for R&R, but also to develop all sorts of graphs during the day (thinking of histogram and control charts. We are expecting about 400 visitors.
    Q2. I have done DOE with a paper helicopter. Could you please expand on DOE with catapult. What would the objective be and which parameters did you play with?
    T1. fill a cup with water to a predetermined line. Measure the cup on a (digital) kitchenscale to see how accurate the pooring process is.

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    #78141

    Chris Seider
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    I love the idea of the tootsie roll length or diameter.  Never mind the fact that a typical problem of how much to squeeze the instrument to measure the length, etc.
    I think I might use that idea–it’s great.  With regards to what would you do with a catapult?  Have the booth give X trials (8 for ease of time) with the catapult where they just operate the catapult.  Then tell them they have a winning chance if they can hit a target Y meters away (metric for you Europeans :)   ) with two chances.  Give them a pad of paper to do calculations or a computer!
    Good luck on how the fair goes.  It might be tough to get the powerful tools across during such an unfocused, fun affair. 

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    #78143

    Gutierrez
    Participant

    Crommentuijn,
    Here’s a tootsie roll. Enoy!

    Alex

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    #78147

    Dennis Crommentuijn Marsh
    Participant

    Thanks Alex,
    what is the flavour?
    Call me Dennis.
    Dennis.

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    #78148

    Jamie
    Participant

    A tootsie roll is, as the picture shows, a chocolate, fudgy type of candy that is about 3 cm long.  They can get very gooey if the get warm. 
    The catapult DOE is is done using a little toy catapult that uses rubber bands for tension devices.  You can set up a DOE using such factors as: different type of projectiles, different size projectiles, different shaped projectiles, different rubber band thicknesses, different rubber band length, angle of the base of the catapult, and anything else you can think of.  The object of the game is to launch the projectile the longest distance. 
     

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    #78149

    Gutierrez
    Participant

    Dennis,
    Chocolate, of course!
    Alex

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    #78156

    billybob
    Participant

    Hello folks,
    I see you’re looking for variable data games.  Has anyone considered Possum Punting? How about Possum Poopie Patties Poundage (not a game for the weak of stomach)?
    I can fill all your possum needs for such events.
    Later,
    Billybob

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    #78158

    DrSeuss
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    Do not forget the M&M color mixture game.  Give each team a giant size bag of their favorite M&M.  They must count the number in each color group.  Using Chi2 & Contingency tables to determine if their bag is different from Mars Candy’s claim.  Plus they can test the distribution of various combinations of colors.  You can find the official percentage of colors for each type of M&M product from Mars Candy’s web site.

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    #78178

    Vina Vani
    Member

    instead of simply asking families to measure and put the various things you can creat a workplace along with fun.
    you can ask the families to make sandwitches, tea/coffe or pack/ wrap couple of items in a limited time, space. and then make them aware of sixsigma at any work place.
    there can be chopping/cutting competetion and observation of different styles and analysing them could be a very interesting illustrations to explain, planning, coordination and  required precisions in all the activities.
    if you do not want actually do it then certainly you can develop some simple C-E, QFD for making a cup of coffee or sandwich of required quality.
    they can deveop the different check sheet for their family routine. well these are few ideas occurred to me.
    hope this helps you.   vina   

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    #78179

    Ashok
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    Hi
     
    You can roll a can with different factors, slope, angle, surface etc.  If somone has geared bike another DOE can be done using gear combinations and routes. If some swimming pool is there nearby, DOE can be designed with different strokes, swimsuit type and any other factors.
     
    ….Just few thoughts

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    #78317

    Rachel Klein
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    Can you elaborate on possum punting?

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    #78348

    billybob
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    Thanks for asking Rachel!
    Possum punting is a game similar to punting in football, but the catapult resembles a foot with a spring loaded hinged at the knee.  Taking possums at varying weights and applying different spring tentions you launch possums down the field. 
    You keep track of the number of possum launches and count the number of beers each team member drinks.  You also keep track of who’s wife comes out first looking for her husband and how many times she swears at him  for so call wasting a day. 
    So in the course of a day you find out the weight of each team member and the number of beers he drinks before he passes out.  So in time you’ll know just how many beers to bring to each possum punting game once you put the data in minitab.
    So the varibility measurements actually comes in the number of beers drank and not the actual launching of the possum.  The possum launching is simple to pass time and give the boys an excuse to have beers! 
    Later,
    Billybob

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    #78761

    Greenbelter
    Participant

    Now there’s a sick man.
    Glen

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    #116419

    gs chng
    Participant

    Can someone give some steps/idea on to carry out DOE on helicopter?
     
    Thanks

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    #116423

    Jansen
    Participant

    Do a google search for paper helicopter DOE. You’ll find what your looking for. If you dont, leave your email address and I’ll send you what I have.

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    #116536

    gs chng
    Participant

    Hi Hank
    Did a goggle search, guess what, the first one came out is your message. The rest are not in English. There is one but the site has moved. Can you kindly email to me?
    Thanks

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    #116546

    Jansen
    Participant

    No Problem, just reply with your email.

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    #116554

    D’oh
    Participant

    Use this linkhttps://www.isixsigma.com/forum/showmessage.asp?messageID=10296

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    #117035

    gs chng
    Participant

    Hi Hank
    Can you please email to me gsoonchng@hotmail.com
     
    Thanks a lot
     

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    #167486

    Bill Hagerty
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    For family day, try this one to show cycle time improvement: 
    In essence, it’s having two teams of four or five race eachother in tossing  a haiki sac (ball) around to each team member and brainstorming ideas to improve their times.  
    An officiator numbers the members of each team randomly, (one through five or so). 
    The rules of the game are a) that member number one of each team starts on a signal from the officiator; b) Each team member has to have a turn having the sac on his/her hand. c) The last member drops the sac into a wastebasket to indicate that they are finished. 
    For the first round, see which team passes through its consecutive numbers first. Time them with an egg timer. Record the time on a flip chart.
    Ask both teams to suggest  improving something for the second round.  Write one improvement on a flip chart for each team.  E.g.; they will probably reallign their random order to consecutive order to save thinking time.  They may also discover that standing closer to eachother saves time, and further, that if they all touch their hands together, side by side in the center, they can just roll the sac from one person’s hand to the next and drop it very quickly.
    THIS ILLUSTRATES THAT HANDOFFS IN A PROCESS CONSUME A LOT OF TIME THAT CAN BE ELIMINATED BY PUTTING THE RIGHT DEPARTMENTS TOGETHER.
    Time them again for the second round. Pit team against team for time.
    Record teams, times and improvement descriptions on flip charts.
    Repeat with additional improvements.  Give a prize for the most improved team and another for the shortest cycle time.
    Bill Hagerty
    ASQ/DoN CLSS Black Belt
     
     
     
     

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