Category Archives: Continuous Improvement

What Could Be Easier? The 4 Step Deming Cycle

Plan – Do – Check – Act That’s not asking a lot, is it?  You have just implemented a big change that should save your company a lot of time and money.  A little follow-up to make sure everything is … Continue reading

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Passionate and SMART Goal Setting

Goal setting is critical to your success. Without goals, you lack direction, clarity, and focus. Without goals you will not achieve what is important to you or reach your full potential.  SMART goal setting is a method that improves the … Continue reading

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So What is a DMAIC Anyway? Part 2

You remember John, our Production Manager.  He’s having a good day until the Quality Manager bursts into his office: “John, I can’t believe that your operators don’t know how to put a seal on a jar.  Everything you made last night … Continue reading

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5 Reasons You Need to Do a DMAIC

John, the Production Manager of a food manufacturing plant is having a good day. At least until the Quality Manager bursts into his office: “John, I can’t believe that your operators can’t put a seal on a jar.” John is … Continue reading

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So What is a DMAIC Anyway?

The world is full of acronyms and the latest buzz-words.  The world of manufacturing is no different:  TQM, TPM, Lean, Six Sigma, QRM, TOC, PM’s, RCM, the Deming Cycle, Zero Defects, Green Belt, Black Belt and now the DMAIC.  Is … Continue reading

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Change Follow Up

Those who have been reading this blog know that we explored Implementing Change in a six part series. I found it very interesting to track the comments and hits on each of these six parts. While this is not a … Continue reading

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Implementing Change-Get it Done

This is the last of a six part series on Implementing Change. We have already studied the 8 Steps of Change Management and Overcoming Resistance to Change. We have looked at Steps 1 through 5 in more detail and will … Continue reading

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Implementing Change-What’s next now that you have an improvement topic?

This is the fourth post of a five-part series on Implementing Change which has had the objective of making you a better leader and a Change Catalyst. These are critical skills for today’s Food & Beverage manufacturing leaders and leaders … Continue reading

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Change Management and the Pareto Principle….The Vital Few and the Trivial Many

This blog has been looking at change implementation which is a skill you need to be a successful leader in nearly any arena. We have already explored the 8 Steps of Change Management, Overcoming Resistance to Change, and the first … Continue reading

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