Latest "Improvement Insights" Posts
QI Macros exhibited at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) conference in Orlando this week. There were over 500 improvement posters. Like prior years, I used a checksheet to collect data about the tools used. Once again, the results are disappointing. Quality tools–control charts, Pareto charts, and Fishbone diagrams–are still a small percentage of tools used, unchanged since I started collecting data in 2015. Bar and line charts still dominate posters; I call them Dumb and Dumber charts.
The quest for Zero Harm using high-reliability methods and tools (i.e., Lean Six Sigma, control charts, Pareto charts, histograms, etc.) is gaining momentum.
Continue Reading "IHI Quality Tool Usage in Poster Presentations"
Too many quality professionals are clinging to the way things have always been done. There’s some sort of taboo about doing things quickly and easily. What are the differences between 20th and 21st Century Quality? Watch and find out:
Continue Reading "20th vs 21st Century Quality"
20th Century Quality needed big Six Sigma implementations because you had to learn things that aren’t necessary any more. Take a 21st Century, Agile approach to Six Sigma to start getting results immediately.
Continue Reading "Don’t Implement Six Sigma"
A QI Macros customer called to ask how he could figure out the specification limits to give him a Cp/Cpk of 1.33. What’s wrong with this question? The answer is obvious isn’t it?
Continue Reading "Who Sets Your Specification Limits?"
Is the foggy complexity of Lean Six Sigma preventing widespread adoption? I think it is:
Learn more about Dan Roam’s Blah Blahmeter here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6kmObnh2jo
Continue Reading "Lean Six Sigma Meets the Blah Blahmeter"
Does Your Root Cause Analysis Fail The Last Why Because It Presupposes A Solution?
Continue Reading "Solutions Masquerading as Root Causes"
Let’s create a Hassle Free America and a Hassle Free World
Continue Reading "Every Day Should Be World Quality Day"
Consultants, trainers and professors are wasting students’ time on things they don’t need to know to solve problems they don’t have to impress people they don’t like.
Continue Reading "Great Training Robbery"
In the movie City Slickers, Jack Palance gives Billy Crystal some advice that applies to Lean Six Sigma. Do you know what it is?
Continue Reading "The One Thing"