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  • 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

  • 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…
  • Agile Software Development and Deming
    [2 Oct 14, 9:32am] Part two of three of an interview of me with Bill Fox has been published. See part one: John Hunter on PDSA, Deming and Strategy. From part two, Lean, Agile, Deming, Leadership and Management Systems: I see that agile is … Continue reading →
  • Strategy Based on Capability and Integrated with Execution
    [23 Sep 14, 2:14pm] This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers to explore the topic of strategy. If you read about management and organizational strategy you will read a lot about planning and alignment and the process of creating a … Continu…
  • Take Advantage of the Strengths Each Person Brings to Work
    [17 Sep 14, 2:38pm] The players have weaknesses. But it is our job as coaches to find the strengths in what our guys do. They all have strengths, and that’s what we highlight. What really helps is having Russell. He is so committed to … Continue reading →

Lean Blogs

  • Are Your Executives Using Machine Thinking?
    [25 Oct 14, 2:50am] The co-author of The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement: Linking Strategy and Operational Excellence to Achieve Superior Performance. James Franz,  answered a question of mine around how executives are trained in their thinking. Related Podcast an…
  • How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?
    [24 Oct 14, 9:00am] Note: This is being republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons license. See the original ProPublica page and comments. by Marshall Allen ProPublica, Sep. 19, 2013, 10:03 Charles Ornstein and Lena Groeger, ProPublicaby Dan Nguyen, C…
  • Lean Quote: Perseverance with Lean is Series of Short Races
    [24 Oct 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…
  • Is Sales and Marketing Responsible for Knowledge Creation?
    [24 Oct 14, 3:00am] This discussion with Jack Vinson was previously cut from the original podcast. You can find the Related Podcast and Transcription at the Knowledge Game. Our discussion at the end of the podcast: Joe Dager:  I think people struggle with that concept…
  • Not the Safest Way to Win “Toast Kaizen?”
    [23 Oct 14, 9:00am] I’m guessing that many of you know Bruce Hamilton’s wonderful “Toast Kaizen” video from GBMP. When I use clips of the video for teaching Lean and Kaizen principles, part of the discussion is about how to go from the current state to the futur…

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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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  • Focused Performance
    [20 Oct 14, 3:16am] Jump start your 2015 business planning. Russell Martin & Associates has created The Focused Performance Bundle. The package includes everything you need to facilitate the planning sessions with your team. Once you know where you want to go and…
  • Forming a Quality Group
    [18 Oct 14, 10:32pm] This is the last in series of interviews that I had with Bob Petruska of Sustain Lean Consulting. We have covered subjects from Trystoming to Value Stream Mapping.A complete list: Production Improvement: Crank it up and Go FasterTraining 201:…
  • Is Trust in Sales Still Needed?
    [13 Oct 14, 3:06am] The Trust Equation Trustworthiness = (Credibility + Reliability + Intimacy) / Self-Orientation The above equation was a central part of a discussion with Charles Green, author of a series of books that have long been a favorite of mine. I own all…
  • [Podcast] Cross-border investigations & global trade – Interview with Senator George J. Mitchell
    [10 Oct 14, 4:00am] Ahead of the Global Investigations Summit on 14 & 15 October 2014 , Craig Sharp, Editor of had a chance to sit down with former US Senate Majority Leader, Senator George J. Mitchell to discuss the complexities of cross-border negot…

Mr. Pareto Head

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