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Who Sets Your Specification Limits?

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?

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

20th vs 21st Century Quality

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:

Posted by Jay Arthur in Data Mining, Improvement Insights, QI Macros, Six Sigma, Statistics.

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.

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 Excel, QI Macros, Webinar.

Every Day Should Be World Quality Day

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

 

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Lean, 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.

10/9/18 QI Macros Webinar

Over 90 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 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 Excel, QI Macros, Webinar.

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.