Simulations as Reinforcement for Lean Six Sigma (LSS)
Authored by: Robert Bailey, Advanced Process Optimization, Inc. It is widely accepted that Lean focuses on waste reduction in processes and Six Sigma on reduction of variability. Lean tries to create flow and pursue perfection in processes. Six Sigma is extremely valuable in the pursuit of perfection. As an example, the only way to solve […]Continue reading
OEE Integration – Eliminating Manual Data Entry!
OEE, yes we need it… Many of our clients require OEE as a process performance measure. We implement this as a function of our TPM deployments or simply to understand process performance at the machine level. As many of you may have experienced, the requirement of manual data collection, converting that to a spreadsheet, then calculating […]Continue reading
Should I fire my client?
This one is for the consultants out there and anyone else who can relate. There are times when you will want to sever ties with a client, decline work for a new client, or perhaps refer a client to a colleague. I work very hard to communicate and set expectations, but sometimes there is a […]Continue reading
What are some tips for developing high-performing Teams?
Most the work we do pertains to project-based process improvement initiatives. Basically, we facilitate problem solving rapid improvement Events (RIE) aka “Kaizens” using client Teams. I see lots of different team interactions from the Executives that bring us in, and I believe understanding basic guiding principles can help in completing successful projects while developing high-performing […]Continue reading
Should I train all my people in Six Sigma?
My answer, “Probably not just yet”. I am in countless conversations with clients that either call us in to do a sophisticated Designed Experiment or Six Sigma-level analysis only to find it is not necessary. It ends up being something we can solve using much more basic problem solving methods. Similarly, I field endless inquiries […]Continue reading
Is “know-how” important for my employees?
This may seem like a silly question, but bear with me. As managers we need our people to know how to do the tasks we have hired them to do. We may feel that know-how is the most important driver for success of our employees and the company, but there is something more. Where know-how […]Continue reading
My Employees Have a Bad Attitude… What Do I Do?
Believe it or not, this may be a good thing. What this really may be is frustration. I always say, “Frustration is simply passion backed into a corner.” If your employees are frustrated, then they still care, and care deeply. We can work with that. If they are indifferent and have checked out, then that […]Continue reading
Why doesn’t anything work … at work?
Have you ever been frustrated when things just don’t seem to “go” properly at work? Maybe you are just trying to complete a simple, day-to-day task and for some reason it is just way harder than it needs to be. Sound familiar? Computers and information systems are supposed to help, but guess what – they […]Continue reading