Ever Noticed that Things are Getting Easier?

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Ever Noticed that Things are Getting Easier?

We used to need a pay phone to make a phone call; now we use cell phones everywhere. Websites were difficult to build; not they’re not. So, why does everyone think Lean Six Sigma has to be learned the same way it was taught in the last century?

“Have you ever noticed that things are getting easier? A lot of things are getting easier.

“You know, we used to have land lines, now we have cell phones we can take with us everywhere that do all kinds of things like take pictures and do text memos, and we can talk to people face to face. I mean, all of these things…

“When I first started doing websites back in about the year 1999, it was very complicated. It was hard. And then out came tools that help build websites more easily. Now it’s quite easy; actually, people will build them for you, right? Hey, I will build one for you, right?

“And so things are getting simpler all the time. I think that’s true of Lean and Six Sigma: it used to be hard, it used to be a lot of manual stuff, a lot of manual calculations that we all got wrong, but there’s software out there to help you with that. You can use mine or somebody else’s, but if you’re trying to do Quality Improvement but you don’t have software to help you do it, you’re way behind the times… way behind the times.

“So that’s my Improvement Insight for this week: Go get some software to make your life easier. Let’s go out and improve something this week.”

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