Category Archives: Six Sigma

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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2 Reasons You Need to Do a Fishbone Diagram

The Fishbone diagram is also known as the Cause & Effect (C & E) diagram or as the Ishikawa diagram referring to its originator, Professor Kaoru Ishikawa.  The C & E diagram is a good tool when you need to identify … Continue reading

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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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Complex 5 Why’s – Multiple Path Solutions

Our Production Manager, John, is heading out to the production floor.  He sees that his highest priority line is down again.  “What is it this time?” he asks.  His top mechanic replies, “I can’t believe we are down for a … Continue reading

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Simple 5 Why’s

It’s a cold and rainy night in late October. You hurry out to your car in an effort to keep dry and because you are running late. You are not too wet as you get in and put your key … Continue reading

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7 Steps to 5 Why

John is the young Production Manager at a food manufacturing plant. John came to work this morning optimistic that today was going to be a great day. He is feeling pulled down though as he and his team are fighting … 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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