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    Mikel
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    How can SixSigma be applied in the US Army ?

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    #184055

    DC
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    Velcro works best, but doesn’t hold up well in extreme weather conditions. I would suggest a combination of duct tape and crazy glue to reinforce the velcro, possibly even investigate multiple methods and products to increase adherence. I would be sure to approach any experiments one factor at a time — what the heck, us taxpayers will cover the tab.:>)

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    #184057

    Robert S
    Member

    DC, with SS as messy as it is wouldn’t it be better to use a trowel? That way you could spread it over a broader surface with some hope of applying it equally.

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    #184058

    Sloan
    Participant

    Six Sigma can be applied as a heat-transfer patch directly onto the garment using a hot iron. Remove garment before applying.
    (Thaw the chickens.)

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    #184061

    Mikel
    Member

    Dear Stan, For your own safety I would call myself Army Stan or General Stan or
    something to differentiate yourself.There another Stan on here that can be a jerk. You would not want to
    be confused with him.

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    #184069

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Stan:  Assuming you’re not the usual “Stan”, and are asking the question out of an actual need/desire to apply SS in the Army, then I’ll give you some ideas (since my compatriots decided to deride you instead of help – I’ll let them off as they probably thought you were “The Stan”, although I don’t think that he’d ask such a question – except to try to get a rise out of the mob – you’re not doing that, are ‘ya?).  And I’ll add Lean in as well, as there is more than enough wastes in the military that could be eliminated.
    As a former Army officer (albeit some 20 years back) I ran into many situations where SS would be applicable.  Motor pool operations would be a good place to start.  How often are vehicles not available for various reasons – missing parts, not enough mechanics, 1st Sgt calls a surprise inspection, etc.  You could do many projects in the motor pool just getting things running more smoothly – and 5s the place. 
    Look at your staff operations.  Value stream map various activities.  Do a C&E on end of year supply “binging”.  How about paperwork flow?
    Logistics – Need I say more?  Do an FMEA.  In fact, you could add the FMEA process as part of the G2/S2/Intel part of a mission brief.
    The Army is just like any other large and complex organization (actually, it is better than civilian organizations – at least you can court-martial those who subvert your efforts, in the civie world they get promoted). 

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    #184074

    cheezer
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    You know the old joke:
    Why is the Navy so much more efficient than the Army & Air Force?
    Answer:  Because you can’t build a golf course next to an aircraft carrier.
    Doesn’t the army have a six sigma program already? I’ve seen project reviews from them before. Google “Army six sigma” and you’ll find answers to where it has already been used.

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    #184075

    Sloan
    Participant

    Holy Cow! You mean this wasn’t “Stan” asking a question just to get people rolling?
    Sorry “Army Stan.” Read MBBinWi’s comment’s, he has some good suggestions.
    I do not have a military background, but I grew up next to a large Marine Corps base and my father was a career civil servant on the base. I am somewhat familiar with military culture. (How is that for establishing credibility? Sort of like saying, “I’m not a doctor, but I saw one one TV one time.”)
    Six Sigma and Lean principles will work on any process, and EVERYTHING is process. I think the biggest challenge will be influencing the culture. There is a lot of history and tradition and pride that will stand in the way of change, especially if it is introduced by an “outsider.” Now that I think about it though, that isn’t really so different from a lot of other places.
    My advice would be to concentrate heavily on the change adoption side of the equation along with the six sigma and lean tools.
    O.

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    #184080

    BritW
    Participant

    The Army hospitals have had a lot of success implementing Six Sigma.

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    #184096

    Mikel
    Member

    I am a young Captain in the South Carolina Stte Guard. I am just learning about six sigma and how to apply it to the army. Thank you.

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    #184097

    Mikel
    Member

    Thank you for the info. I will check it  out

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    #184099

    rgrstan
    Member

    Thanks.  How about this.

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    #184100

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Stan:  Good for you – I was a young captain once.
    The Army does have an extensive deployment, so you will probably find internal project info (look into the business transformation agency under G8 – if the state org isn’t connected, then confer with a regular army liaison and they should be able to get you hooked up).
    I have a colleague who is called up on active duty from the reserves who is now in an MBB cert program in the Army.
    BTW – change your name to Army Stan or Cpt Stan or something else.  “Stan” has quite the rep on this forum and you might unintentionally get flamed.
    As a WP grad I’ve just got to put this in –
    Go Army – Beat Navy!

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    #184105

    rgrstan
    Member

    I am a  Ranger so I will go by rgrstan. – Thanks for the info and I will check it out. I will try and get all I can  Again Thanks !

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    #184122

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Best of luck.  I may be in a position to aid you further in the near future.  If you add @comcast.net to my name, you can contact me via e-mail direct.

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