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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

  • Good Startup Ideas from Startup Weekend JB (Malaysia)
    [27 Nov 14, 8:53am] I like all these startup ideas from Startup Weekend JB (Malaysia). I can’t figure out how to comment on their blog (I am guessing Tumbler just eliminates commenting?), so I started this post – and ended up adding much more … Continue reading …
  • The Importance of Leadership by Those Working to Improve Management
    [25 Nov 14, 1:25pm] This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers to explore the importance of leadership for every quality management professional. Leadership is important but also something that often is difficult to understand what exactly is m…
  • 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 →

Lean Blogs

  • Smart People Making Good Decisions and Killing Growth
    [20 Dec 14, 9:31am] Probably without realizing it, Clayton Christensen takes us (the “lean community”) to task in this talk about investment and growth. We have been “selling” continuous improvement – in all of its forms whether we call it “lean” or Six S…
  • Chesbrough on Open Services Innovation
    [20 Dec 14, 3:30am] Henry Chesbrough is a Professor at ESADE and father of the term ‘open innovation’, one of the concepts behind the creation of ESADE Creapolis. He is currently Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Open Innovation at the Haas…
  • Immediate Detection & Correction: Easier Said Than Done
    [20 Dec 14, 1:12am] Our team recently had the opportunity to learn directly from Sensei Chihiro Nakao, founder of Shingijutsu USA. We will continue to study and deepen our understanding of what he shared, but one area he helped il…
  • Happy Holidays from Mark Graban &
    [19 Dec 14, 10:00am] 2014 has been a busy and exciting year. I’ve been very blessed. I’ve worked with great people and have learned so much. I have still barely scratched the surface in sharing stories from my recent trip to Japan. I’ve been on the road more than I…
  • Lean Quote: Gift of Inspiration
    [19 Dec 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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  • Lean Six Sigma and Balanced Scorecard Certification Courses
    [25 Aug 10, 7:57am] eXampleCG Lean Six Sigma and Balanced Scorecard training and certification programs. Enroll now!!
  • 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…
  • Pune - eXampleCG SIX SIGMA Green Belt Training and Certifica
    [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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    [22 Aug 10, 5:50am] 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…



Six Sigma News

  • First person: To newer Heights -
    [21 Dec 14, 1:47am] First person: To newer HeightsDAWN.comIt may well be the first time that Mehreen Jabbar has worked with Six Sigma Plus and scriptwriter Vasay Chaudhry for her drama serial Jackson Heights; but certainly not the first time that she has wrenched your h…
  • Resident discovers power of the pen - The Hindu
    [20 Dec 14, 2:50pm] The HinduResident discovers power of the penThe HinduIt was a day in mid-1978, and I bought the regular quota of sugar and rava at a ration shop in Mylapore. The rava was folded in a newspaper. When I undid the newspaper packet, The Hindu I found wor…
  • Top 3 Entrepreneurship Lessons From Hedge Fund Billionaire Ray Dalio - Forbes
    [19 Dec 14, 5:25pm] ForbesTop 3 Entrepreneurship Lessons From Hedge Fund Billionaire Ray DalioForbes(System Thinking Wikipedia). Jack Welch of General Electric (GE) famously spearheaded the six sigma approach for delivering predictable high performance of the GE holding…

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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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  • Drowning in Work?
    [14 Dec 14, 1:45pm] Jim Benson’s new work, Why Limit WIP: We are Drowning in Work (MemeMachine Series) (Volume 2), was at the center of our conversation in this podcast. Jim’s company Modus Cooperandi combines Lean principles with Agile methodologies from soft…
  • [Podcast] Low-code: The solution for agile platform development in Process Excellence – Interview with MatsSoft’s Nigel Warren
    [9 Dec 14, 5:00am] For the full transcript, click here . We've spoken in recent weeks about the promise low-code shows in the PEX space , but it's still an incredibly new term, and a relatively untested development solution. To shed some more light on the pro…
  • Short of Capacity, Short of Resources?
    [8 Dec 14, 1:38am] A thought leader in organizational project and resource management, Jerry Manas is frequently cited by leading voices in the world of business, including legendary management guru Tom Peter. You may know Jerry from his book, Napoleon on Project Ma…
  • An Instruction Manual for Innovation
    [2 Dec 14, 1:25am] David Hamme enjoys helping leaders uncover opportunities, examine problems from new angles, and executing the plan to bring them to fruition. His goal is to make your life easier and supercharge your performance.  His recent book, Customer Focus…

Mr. Pareto Head

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