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SS in SMEs

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    mman
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    One old “Quality” Guru has recently advised me to forget  SS in SMEs,as it does not fit for SMEs.Using this methodology  would cause wasting  of precious time/resources in applying tools for no good reason.How to argue with him??

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    Mike Carnell
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    mman,
    He has data? If not it is just another opinion.
    We have done small and medium size companies in the past. You don’t train the same numbers of people you do at a large company because ….? They don’t have as many people. You don’t save the same large raw dollars because….? They make/spend less.
    The ROI numbers aren’t any different.
    Good luck.

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    mman
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    Thank You .I’m satisfied with your answer.Do you have practical case-studies?regards

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    mjones
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    You can find papers/case studies in many places. Examples: state and regional quality and industrial engineering conference proceedings; American Society for Quality conference proceedings and national publications.
    As Mike Carnell said, SS in SME is just as valuable as in large companies. I’d say, probably more valuable. Only thing, the multiplier is smaller because volumes are lower. Consider: a plant with $20M annual sales that saves $200K/project is greatly improving their competitiveness because a single project is = 1% of gross; a major addition to the bottom line. And, as with other companies, there are more opportunities in the support functions like HR, purchasing, sales, planning, engineering, etc., than in the production area. These area are harder to work, so less work has been done so far. 

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