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Shift from Manufacturing to Supply Chain

The July-August, 2018 Inc. magazine has an article (pg. 22) about manufacturing vs supply chain service jobs. From 1999-2015:

  • Manufacturing jobs declined from 12.5 million to 8.2. Supply chain jobs increased from 13.4 million to 20.0.
  • Manufacturing salaries climbed only slightly from $54,800 to 59,800 while supply chain jobs rose from $72,600 to $85,200.

With increasing manufacturing automation, more jobs are being created around supporting production than actual production. Something to think about.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Lean, Manufacturing.

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, Jay Arthur Blog, Lean, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

Team Communication Costs

People often ask me, how big should an improvement team be? My answer: as small as possible.

In Fred Brooks’ Mythical Man Month, he points out that communication pathways increase in a nonlinear fashion. The formula is simple:

(n2-n)/2

Where n is the number of people on a team.

  • 2 people = 1 connection (4-2)/2
  • 3 people = 3 connections (9-3)/2
  • 4 people = 6 connections (16-4)/2
  • 5 people = 10 connections (25-5)/2
  • 6 people = 15 connections (36-6)/2
  • 7 people = 21 connections (49-7)/2

The bigger the team, the more time is spent on discussion and communication, not progress.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Lean, 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DMAIC is similar to software’s Waterfall methodology that has been replaced by Agile.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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Posted by Jay Arthur in Agile Lean Six Sigma, Improvement Insights, Jay Arthur Blog, Lean, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

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 Agile Lean Six Sigma, Improvement Insights, Lean, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

Lean Graduation Ceremonies

Last week, our grandson graduated from Colorado College and our granddaughter graduated from Rock Canyon High School.

Jake’s graduating class of 500 went single file to the podium to receive their diploma.

Rachel’s graduating class of 500 came from four directions simultaneously. Four name callers, four people handing out diplomas.

Which one do you think went faster?

Posted by Jay Arthur in Lean, QI Macros, Service.

Going In and Out of Lean Six Sigma?

Do you know people who only dabble in Lean Six Sigma? They get in, get certified and get out?

You can use the tools of quality everywhere in your life and work for the rest of your life.

Why stop?

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

Is Cognitive Dissonance Stopping Your Six Sigma Projects?

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

Confirmation Bias In Lean Six Sigma Implementation

Are we in the quality community letting our past dictate our future? Is our bias stopping us from seeing the possibilities?

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

Pig Cartoon – Standard Work

At ASQ World, Craig Plain gave a fun presentation on Cartoons for Quality.

One of the exercises used a standard work procedure for drawing a pig. Try it yourself

Standard Work Procedure Pig Cartoon Instructions

Here’s mine:

While I’m not normally fond of using games for training, I thought it was interesting how none of us drew exactly the same pig.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Lean, Six Sigma.