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Making Process Improvements Stick

The Nov-Dec 2018 HBR reports that Lean, Six Sigma and Agile “always work well initially, but often the gains fade quickly.”

  • 21% of improvement projects failed to yield any improvements
  • Only one-third of improvements continued to yield results after two years.

What’s needed to sustain improvements?

  • Consistent measurement and monitoring (i.e., control charts)
  • Leadership support and coaching
  • Avoid initiative fatigue caused by jumping from one improvement initiative to another.

Start monitoring your improvement projects using QI Macros control charts.
Download a free trial at https://www.qimacros.com.

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

Every Day Should Be World Quality Day

Let’s create a Hassle Free America and a Hassle Free World



Register for the upcoming FREE QI Macros Live Webinar, happening Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 1:00 p.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:  Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. MDT

Where:  Join online from wherever you are.

How:  Register for the webinar HERE.

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

*Latest webinar: 11/1/18 QI Macros Webinar

Over 50 people signed up for this webinar, with Jay Arthur demonstrating how to use some of the useful features of QI Macros, as well as some of the brand new features introduced just last month in the October 2018 version of the software.

Some attendees were familiar with the software and already use it, some had only begun to use it; all were interested in learning new ways that QI Macros can help them with their Agile Lean Six Sigma and Quality Improvement efforts. (You can hear him answering questions and comments typed in by webinar attendees.)



If you saw a feature demonstrated in the webinar that might have been added to QI Macros after the version you’re using (for instance, the “Find Tool” search feature or the automated Value Stream Map), you may need to purchase an upgrade to bring your QI Macros to the current version.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Data Mining, Excel, QI Macros, Six Sigma.

Have Your Processes Turned Into Frankenprocesses?

Here’s how to deal with the creature you’ve created.

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

Run Charts vs Control Charts

Run charts used to be a bridge to control charts. You no longer need to build a bridge. Just start with Control Charts.

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

Excellence Imperative

20th Century quality was about manufacturing. (Old school)

21st Century quality is about services. (New school)

What we need now is a fresh approach to Lean Six Sigma for the 21st Century. I call it Agile Process Innovation.

Download my free Agile Process Innovation ebook from https://www.qimacros.com/pdf/Agile-Lean-Six-Sigma.pdf.



 

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

QI Macros Version 2018.10

We’re excited! From adding Menu Icons to make things easier to find (and easier to add to your Excel Quick Access Toolbar), to simplifying the standard menu to a cleaner “Wizard Menu“, to adding a Search function to answer those “Where is that one chart…” questions, to the Control Chart Template Wizard… we think this is the most powerful, easiest to use version of QI Macros that there is.

This version is compatible with:

PC operating systems Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7

PCs running Excel 365, Excel 2019, Excel 2016, Excel 2013 and Excel 2010

Mac operating systems Mojave (MacOS 10.14), High Sierra(MacOS 10.13), Sierra (MacOS 10.12), El Capitan (MacOS 10.11) or Yosemite (MacOS 10.10)

Mac machines running Excel for Mac 365 or Excel for Mac 2016

 

If you’d like to upgrade to QI Macros 2018.10, you can purchase a new license by clicking HERE.

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

9/13/18 QI Macros Webinar

Almost 100 people signed up for this webinar, with Jay Arthur demonstrating some of the more useful features of QI Macros. Some of the attendees were familiar with the software and already use it, some had not yet begun to use it; all were interested in learning new ways that QI Macros can help them with their Agile Lean Six Sigma and Quality Improvement efforts. (You can hear him answering questions typed in by webinar attendees.)


If you saw a feature demonstrated in the webinar that might have been added to QI Macros after the version you’re using (for instance, the automated Value Stream Map), you may need to purchase an upgrade to bring your QI Macros to the current version.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Data Mining, Excel, QI Macros.

Building Rapport with Improvement Teams – Step 3

A district level manager was hopping mad about something. I decided to see if I could use pacing and leading to calm her down and get back to solving the problem to meet her needs.



 

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

Building Rapport with Improvement Teams – Step 2

My boss sent me to talk to a cranky manager about a software project he wanted to do. Here’s how I used non-verbal rapport to connect with him in 30-60 seconds.

 

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