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Confirmation Bias in Lean Six Sigma

In Win Bigly, Scott Adams describes confirmation bias as the human tendency to irrationally believe new information that supports your existing world view even when it doesn’t. Leaders, managers and team members all think they know the solution to a given problem, even when they don’t. Here’s how confirmation bias can screw up your improvement project. Join the […]

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

Quality Improvement Movement

The editor of Harvard Business Review says that “corporate survival today requires the capacity for rapid change.” Isn’t it time to embrace an Agile approach to Lean Six Sigma to “speed its evolution and better serve customers’ needs?”   Join the Agile Quality Improvement Movement!

Posted by Jay Arthur in Jay Arthur Blog, Lean, Six Sigma.

Earth Day and Lean Six Sigma

A typical company suffers from 33% waste and rework. Eliminate the waste and rework with Lean Six Sigma and it will be great for the Earth. www.qimacros.com

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

Agile Lean Six Sigma

The March-April 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review says that “corporate survival today requires the capacity for rapid change.” Even HR is embracing IT’s Agile methodology to “speed its evolution and better serve customers’ needs.” Isn’t it time to bring Agile to Lean Six Sigma? Read more…  Quality has to accelerate its evolution to keep pace with […]

Posted by Jay Arthur in Lean, Six Sigma.

Lean Six Sigma – April Fools!

Does Lean Six Sigma seem like an April Fool’s joke? Why doesn’t it seem to work sometimes?

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

St. Patrick’s Day – Luck of the Lean Six Sigma

You don’t have to be Irish or lucky to be successful. You can make your own luck using Lean Six Sigma.

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

Insights from ASQ Phoenix – 2018

Here are my takeaways from the ASQ conference in Phoenix.  

Posted by Jay Arthur in Jay Arthur Blog, Lean, Manufacturing, Six Sigma.

Reducing Patient Falls – A Case Study

The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (Feb 2018) has an article entitled “Temporal Trends in Fall Rates with the Implementation of a Multifaceted Fall Prevention Program.” Ouch! I believe the story could have been told easily with quality improvement tools, so here’s how I’d go about it. First, there are a number […]

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

Have You Fallen In Love With Lean Six Sigma?

I fell in love with Lean Six Sigma almost 30 years ago…but it takes some work to stay in love with Lean Six Sigma. Are you willing to do what it takes to make Lean Six Sigma your Valentine?

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

How Is Your Business Like a Banana?

Shigeo Shingo used this metaphor often. Find out why.

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