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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..."
    Keep reading
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Six Sigma Blogs

  • Practical Applications of Queueing Theory: Apply Lean at the Constraint to Eliminate the Bottleneck
    [26 Aug 14, 5:11pm] This article is on the Practical Applications of Queueing Theory and how some of the assumptions of Queueing Theory can break down, necessitating the need for government intervention. Queueing Theory is based on several assumptions. One of those assu…
  • Revolutionary Management Improvement May Be Needed But Most Management Change is Evolutionary
    [26 Aug 14, 2:35pm] This month the ASQ Influential Bloggers were asked to respond to the question – will the future of quality be evolutionary or revolutionary? I think it has been and will continue to be both. Revolutionary change is powerful but very … Continue re…
  • Catalog Engineers and Value Stream Mapping
    [25 Aug 14, 10:26pm] My approach to applying Lean in an operation is a little unorthodox. Most practitioners follow the value stream mapping approach, where product families are created and each product family is essentially a value stream. Here are the steps of this typ…
  • Akio Toyoda Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge [video]
    [22 Aug 14, 3:48pm] Akio Toyoda the CEO and President of Toyota Motor Corporation dumps a bucket of ice water on his head to support and bring more awareness to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or more commonly known as Loou Gehrig’s Disease. Watch the video below…
  • Toyoda Changed to Toyota: Why the Name Change?
    [20 Aug 14, 8:10pm] Ever wonder why Toyoda was changed to Toyota? Most people know that Toyota began as a company that manufactured looms – or, sewing machines. At that time, Toyota was knows as “Toyoda”, named after the founder, Sakichi Toyoda. It wasn’t until…
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Lean Blogs

  • Why Lunch Can Be Annoying at the Sensei Cafe
    [27 Aug 14, 9:00am] Last week, I published my first cartoon collaboration with a skilled artist (and medical assistant), Carrie Howarth. You might call that cartoon “Strategy Dog-ployment.” None of us expect this to be a weekly thing, but sometimes you strike when…
  • Lean Roundup #63 - August, 2014
    [27 Aug 14, 5:00am] A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of August, 2014.  You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.3 Ways to React to Human Error – Mark Graban explains the typical reaction to human error and a be…
  • Revolutionary Management Improvement May Be Needed But Most Management Change is Evolutionary
    [26 Aug 14, 2:35pm] This month the ASQ Influential Bloggers were asked to respond to the question – will the future of quality be evolutionary or revolutionary? I think it has been and will continue to be both. Revolutionary change is powerful but very … Continue re…
  • To Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement, Put Away the Gavel!
    [26 Aug 14, 9:00am] I am giving a new webinar on Wednesday, hosted by the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value (to promote a public registration workshop on Kaizen that we’re doing in October). The webinar’s theme is: “Practical Continuous Improvement Leadership:…
  • Want to learn more about KaiNexus?
    [25 Aug 14, 11:45am] KaiNexus, that cloud-based tool to help the flow of communication in continuous improvement efforts, has produced a new video explaining what it does. For those not familiar, capturing continuous improvement activity in a traditional manufacturing fa…
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Be Social

  • Social Six Sigma is the place to "listen in" to the process improvement voices from the social web. They sing, they shout, they muse. Some even dance.

    If you are a social media affectionado and would like your tweets to show here, just use the hashtags #sixsigma and/or #lean when you tweet. It's that easy.

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Six Sigma

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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.



    Six Sigma Group on Facebook
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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.

    Lean Manufacturing Group on Facebook

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Digg

  • 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 http://www.eXampleCG.com for details. Join the FREE Lean Sigma Forum (htt…
  • Chennai - eXampleCG BALANCED SCORECARD Training and Certific
    [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 http://www.eXampleCG.com for details. Join the FREE Lean Sigma Forum (htt…
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Six Sigma News

  • NMLC holds Inaugural Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course - DVIDS
    [26 Aug 14, 2:01am] NMLC holds Inaugural Lean Six Sigma Green Belt CourseDVIDSSpearheaded by NMLC's chief operations officer, Darin "Cal" Callahan, the training provided the baseline for establishing Continuous Process Improvement through Lean Six Sigma (…
  • Lean Six Sigma: it's not just for manufacturing - Lexology (registration)
    [21 Aug 14, 9:06am] Lean Six Sigma: it's not just for manufacturingLexology (registration)Motorola developed Six Sigma in 1986 to provide techniques and tools for process improvement. It subsequently used Six Sigma in all of its manufacturing operations. The name c…
  • Best Tools for Implementing Six Sigma - Reliable Plant Magazine
    [20 Aug 14, 7:57pm] Best Tools for Implementing Six SigmaReliable Plant MagazineThe Six Sigma methodology for reducing defects through a disciplined, data-driven approach has shown time and again that, when done well, it can lead to huge savings and increased efficiency…
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Lean News

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Process Improvement News

  • The New Role of MTO – Marketing Technology Officer - Business 2 Community
    [28 Aug 14, 4:17am] Business 2 CommunityThe New Role of MTO – Marketing Technology OfficerBusiness 2 CommunityThe Marketing Operations center is responsible for technology, data management, process improvement, reporting/analytics and liaison services to all field mar…
  • News from Tobyhanna Army Depot: - PA home page
    [27 Aug 14, 3:22pm] PA home pageNews from Tobyhanna Army Depot:PA home pageThe missions are part of a new process improvement called Mixed Model Moving Line, or M3L. The AN/TRC-190 High Capacity Line of Sight Radio Terminal and the AN/TSQ-252 Air Defense and Airspace Ma…
  • Get ready. The second cloud front is dawning upon us - VentureBeat
    [27 Aug 14, 10:12am] VentureBeatGet ready. The second cloud front is dawning upon usVentureBeatThis benefit lies in the massive, untapped potential of heavily mining the business data collected by SaaS applications to drive huge business process improvement by means of p…
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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..."
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Lean

  • "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..."
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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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Podcasts

  • Mobility has the potential to redefine processes in any industry: Podcast with Bizagi CEO, Gustavo Gomez
    [27 Aug 14, 4:00am] Mobile technology has revolutionized not only the way we communicate, but the way we live our lives. More important perhaps, it has and continues to revolutionize our business processes, from ordering online (via laptop, tablet or mobile) to mobile C…
  • BPM Technology - Test and learn
    [1 Aug 14, 4:00am] Craig Sharp, editor of PEXNetwork.com talks to Martin Scovell, CEO of MatsSoft Ltd, provider of the innovative Cloud based BPM platform “MATS". Martin provides some interesting suggestions for how business users can build a rock-solid busines…
  • Using big data for product development
    [10 Jul 14, 4:00am] Big data is turning up everywhere. In this Process Perspectives podcast, Kaare Buch Petersen, Information Architect in Global IT at Christen Hansen, a Denmark-based supplier of bioscience products to food and health industries, talks about how his co…
  • “Empowering staff can’t be just lip service”
    [3 Jul 14, 4:00am] The more cumbersome it is for someone to engage in improvement work, the less likely they are to engage. That was the sentiment of Dr. Greg Jacobson when he was a doctor working in the emergency room at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashvil…

Mr. Pareto Head



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

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