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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

  • Who Inspires Your Management Thinking and Action?
    [22 Jan 15, 10:44am] This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers: “who influenced or inspired your management thinking and in what ways?” He discussed Paul O’Neill’s influence on his thinking; I agree that Paul has done some very impressi…
  • 10 Most Popular Posts on the Curious Cat Management Blog in 2014
    [6 Jan 15, 1:43pm] Here is a list of the 10 most popular posts on this blog last year (as measured by views counted by my analytics applications). The posts were published in 2010 (4 posts), 2013 (2), 2014 (2), 2005 (1) and 2012 … Continue reading →
  • Is Quality Ambitious Enough?
    [26 Dec 14, 7:25am] This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers to explore the question – Is Quality Ambitious Enough? Bill Troy suggests a vision for ASQ of To improve the function and value of goods and services worldwide, and … Continue r…
  • 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…

Lean Blogs

  • Audio Parody – “Lean Serial”
    [30 Jan 15, 7:00am] My wife and I were late to the wildly popular podcast “Serial,” but we listened to the first six episodes while traveling over the holidays. I ran hot and cold on the serialized non-fiction story about a murder… it was somewhat interesting, but…
  • Lean Quote: A Positive Attitude Can Make All The Difference
    [30 Jan 15, 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…
  • #Throwback Thursday – “Lean Sigma” is Still Pretty Often Wrong on Lean
    [29 Jan 15, 7:00am] Last weekend, at a patient safety conference, I heard a physician from the Joint Commission talk about “robust process improvement” and this, thankfully, included an endorsement of Lean methods. That’s the good news. The bad news was that the p…
  • Scaling Your Company? Do it with Lean!
    [29 Jan 15, 3:32am] Visit my Slideshare account and request a download of Lean Scale Up eBook
  • Mark Graban Interviewed by Dr. Bob Wachter on Lean & Patient Safety
    [28 Jan 15, 11:00am] I’m honored to have been interviewed by Dr. Robert Wachter for his “Web M&M” interview series on the AHRQ website. In Conversation with…Mark Graban, MS, MBA Dr. Wachter is a leader in the patient safety movement who I’ve respected and…

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

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    [27 Jan 15, 3:54am] Kim Robertson is the author of over 100 discipline specific training packages, 3 fiction books and articles for CM Trends and various other trade publications from industrial arts to Configuration Management. His latest collaboration Configuratio…
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    [21 Jan 15, 3:04am] Jon M. Quigley PMP CTFL has nearly twenty five years of product development experience, ranging from embedded hardware and software through verification and project management. He holds multiple degrees, seven patents, has authored and contribut…
  • Develop Shared Understanding thru Dialogue Mapping
    [12 Jan 15, 12:34pm] In this podcast, we discuss Dialogue MappingTM with KC Burgess Yakemovic of Cognexus Group.  KC has over 25 years of experience capturing and using decision making rationale within both the corporate and small business environments. She worked wi…
  • The Importance of Managing Energy.
    [6 Jan 15, 4:22am] From Michael Gelb’s new book: Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius:In recent years, the best thinking on leadership and organizational performance has shifted away from the idea of managing time to recognize the…

Mr. Pareto Head

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