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Mythical Man Month – Conceptual Integrity

Designing a product or service requires conceptual integrity. Here’s how I did it.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Jay Arthur Blog, QI Macros.

How To Create a Quality Improvement Poster

I go to many improvement conferences. Most of the improvement posters are long on text but short on quality tools.

If you’re going to submit an improvement story, use the tools of quality. Here’s how:

 

 

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What:  FREE QI Macros – Lean Six Sigma SPC Software for Excel Webinar.

When:  August 14th, 2018 at 9:00a.m. MDT

Where:  Join online from wherever you are.

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Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Jay Arthur Blog, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

Agile Software Project Story

Back when I was a software systems analyst for the phone company, my boss asked me to get requirements from one of our users. He thought it would take months to get the report he wanted. I did it in one day by using the right tool for the job. Here’s how:

 

 

Register for the upcoming FREE QI Macros Live Webinar, happening August 14th, 2018 at 9:00a.m. MDT.

Learn more about it in the video below, and register at THIS link.

What:  FREE QI Macros – Lean Six Sigma SPC Software for Excel Webinar.

When:  August 14th, 2018 at 9:00a.m.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Lean, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

Agile Electric Guitar Development

Frying Pan Guitar
In 1931, George Beauchamp combined a guitar with a microphone to create the first electric guitar called the “Frying Pan.” Without it, we wouldn’t have rock-and-roll, country and blues. This is how transitions begin, with a prototype that catapults transition to a new way of doing things.

Isn’t it time to start doing the same thing with Lean Six Sigma? Not amplification, but acceleration?

 

 

 

Register for the upcoming FREE QI Macros Live Webinar, happening August 14th, 2018 at 9:00a.m. MDT.

Learn more about it in the video below, and register at THIS link.

What:  FREE QI Macros – Lean Six Sigma SPC Software for Excel Webinar.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Lean, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

Agile Scaling Up In Corporations

HBR’s article on Agile At Scale predicts the future of business and Lean Six Sigma. Here’s what I learned:

 

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Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Lean, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

Agile Process Innovation

I’ve lived through Business Process Reengineering which often stumbled because it was impossible to take a complex system and “reengineer” it. The only method I’ve found that works consistently is Agile Process Innovation. Here’s how it works:

 

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Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Lean, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

DMAIC from Waterfall to Agile

DMAIC is similar to software’s Waterfall methodology that has been replaced by Agile.

We can do the same thing with DMAIC. Here’s how.

 

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The Quality Hero’s Journey

Most movies follow a standard arc of discovery and transformation.

The Quality Hero’s Journey follows a similar arc. Here’s how:

Just for fun, watch Kurt Vonnegut’s presentation of the Hero’s Journey.

 

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Agile Lean Six Sigma

HBR May-June 2018
The cover of the May-June 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review highlights “Agile” as the future of business. This is the way business is going to stay competitive in the future. Speed is the killer app!

Lean Six Sigma can no longer cling to its old-fashioned way of doing things: weeks of training, months for improvement teams. Here’s why:

 

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Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Lean, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

Forgetting The Control Phase?

Are you making one of the most common mistakes in Six Sigma? Are you forgetting the control phase?

If you do forget to implement a control plan and control charts to monitor and corrective actions, you might just as well have not wasted everyone’s time.

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Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Jay Arthur Blog, QI Macros, Six Sigma.