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Post of the Century!

  • Karen Wilhelm's post: "Social media - can we make it add value to lean?" is a must read for all.

    "The social media craze is just that, unless it produces real value, and I doubt value is measured in easy metrics like “followers,” “hits,” or “clicks.”

    "From the lean perspective, I’ve been struggling with the marketing orientation of much of the discussion of social media. There’s nothing wrong with marketing, but our purposes in the lean community are different. Social media tools ought to further those aims -- of adding value through connections with people, sharing ideas, teaching, learning, and supporting. Otherwise, they are just tools. And if lean tells us anything, it’s not the tools, it’s the thinking..."
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Six Sigma Blogs

  • Don’t Ignore Customer Complaints
    [21 Nov 14, 12:39am] I find Paul Graham’s ideas very useful. I disagree with his recent tweet though. Update: See note at bottom of the post – Paul tweeted that his original tweet was wrong. Base your assessment of the merit of an idea … Continue reading →
  • Attracting Members and Volunteers to Professional Organizations
    [4 Nov 14, 2:22pm] This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers to explore recruiting members and volunteers amid a changing landscape. In most ways the answer is the same as any large question on directing an organization. We must figure … Co…
  • A Strong Management System Handles the Transition of Leaders With Ease
    [29 Oct 14, 1:36pm] Part three (of three) of an interview of me with Bill Fox has been published. Leadership While Viewing the Organization as a System …So if I see the weak management system as the problem, the solution is not nearly as … Continue reading →
  • Remembering Peter Scholtes
    [14 Oct 14, 2:28pm] Guest Post by Fazel Hayati Fall always reminds me of my friend Peter Scholtes. It was during 2008 annual Deming Institute fall conference in Madison, Wisconsin when Peter said farewell to his friends and colleagues. He gave a keynote titled … Conti…
  • Curious Cat Blog Network
    [7 Oct 14, 7:50am] I recently created one RSS feed for all the Curious Cat Network blogs (which also includes other blogs I author). Of course, you can also subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog by itself: Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog … Continue reading…

Lean Blogs

  • Swarming as an Agile response
    [23 Nov 14, 6:23pm] I asked Patrick Waara of Xerox about swarming being used as an Agile response when someone’s in trouble in the middle of an iteration.  I followed up with, “When does someone raise their hand or does the Scrum master determine that you need outs…
  • Can You Spend 50% of Your Time Thinking about a Problem?
    [22 Nov 14, 3:41am] I asked Mike Osterling, “Does it really happening where people are spending 50 percent of their time on defining a problem?”  Mike has worked full time for over 15 years applying the Lean concepts in manufacturing and office environments. He can…
  • Is “The Jerk” Good at Problem Solving?
    [21 Nov 14, 10:00am] Four years ago, I parodied the style of GEICO commercial that they were running at the time with a “did you know that Steve Martin’s character from The Jerk was bad at 5S?” The other day, I was thinking about the scene in the movie where Navin…
  • Goal vs “Target Condition”
    [21 Nov 14, 5:08am] Emily sent an email asking “how would you describe the difference between GOAL and TARGET CONDITION?” I end up on this topic enough that I thought I’d discuss it here. I am assuming we are referring to the “Toyota / Toyota Kata” context her…
  • Lean Quote: There is No Secret to Success
    [21 Nov 14, 5:00am] On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within…

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Six Sigma on Facebook

  • Group for all members who are interested, studying and/or practicing Six Sigma. Founded in January, 2007.

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LEAN on Facebook

  • Discussions about: LEAN practices globally; safety and ergonomics in the workplace; 6-sigma; a place to ask questions and share resources; see videos in wall posts section.

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  • Ciske's Blog | Should Business Operations Adopt Agile?
    [25 Aug 10, 2:46am] Agile, in terms of application development or, for that matter, any IT based projects is the ‘new normal’. If you’re in IT and have not moved to this methodology I would strongly encourage you take the plunge. Agile, in itself, is a game cha…
  • Bellwether Services shares Six Sigma w/ Financial Sector
    [23 Aug 10, 12:28pm] John Wilkerson presents Six Sigma and Operational Excellence with Financial Services sector. Industries such as building products, industrials, automotive and transportation have employed the Lean Six Sigma methodology to reduce costs and improve ser…
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    [22 Aug 10, 5:56am] eXampleCG Balanced Scorecard, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt training and certification courses at Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi / NCR, Mumbai and Pune - India. Visit for details. Join the FREE Lean Sigma Forum (htt…
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Six Sigma

  • "Six Sigma is a business management strategy originally developed by Motorola, USA in 1981.

    "As of 2010, it enjoys widespread application in many sectors of industry, although its application is not without controversy..."


  • "Lean manufacturing or lean production, which is often known simply as "Lean", is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination..."

W. Edwards Deming

  • "William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900 – December 20, 1993) was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and consultant.

    "Deming is widely credited with improving production in the United States during the Cold War, although he is perhaps best known for his work in Japan..."

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  • Lean in the Food Processing Industry
    [18 Nov 14, 3:50am] Jerry Rosenthal started on his process improvement journey where he entered the world of medical device and worked with such companies like Cardinal Health. Jerry’s expertise is primarily in regulated environments such as food, beverage and pharmac…
  • Using the Lean Startup Method for Product Branding
    [13 Nov 14, 3:31am] Author Laura Busche joined me for a conversation about startup branding. Her book is based on the Lean StartupTM Principles and is titled; Lean Branding (Lean (O’Reilly)). It is part of the Lean Startup series of books by O’Reilly.Lean Branding…
  • Masters on Zero to One
    [10 Nov 14, 9:11pm] The book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future , presents a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places. From the book,The next Bill G…
  • Designing Your Online Experience
    [4 Nov 14, 3:44am] Dana Sednek Bowler specializes in eLearning, virtual meetings/collaboration, project management, analytics tools & strategies, and leadership facilitation. She puts these skills to work at Interaction Associates as the online learning manager.…

Mr. Pareto Head

  • Mike Crossen's Mr. Pareto Head is featured in ASQ's Quality Progress.