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Trendlines Are Rarely Improvements

At the 2018 Magnet Nursing conference in Denver, I saw many improvement posters using line or bar charts with an added trend line to show improvement. Unfortunately, few of the trends were valid. Here’s why:

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

Don’t Cook A Meal If You’re Not Going to Do the Dishes

Many improvement teams fail to go the extra mile to lock in their improvements. Here’s why and what to do about it:

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Jay Arthur Blog.

2/13/19 QI Macros Webinar

Almost 80 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 new features introduced in recent versions 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.

2/12/19 Agile Lean Six Sigma Webinar

Posted by Jay Arthur in Agile Lean Six Sigma, Webinar.

Lean Mean Six Sigma

Is it possible to accelerate Lean Six Sigma using Agile? Yes! Find out how.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Jay Arthur Blog.

Xcel Energy Cuts The Power

Xcel left a message on our phone that we would “experience periodic electrical outages” because they are trying to conserve “natural gas usage due to cold weather.”

Can’t wait to reset all of our digital clocks.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Jay Arthur Blog.

Lean Six Sigma Stay Up!

Most Lean Six Sigma implementations generate a lot of energy around the startup. Where they fail is in the “stay up!” What can you do to sustain the energy?

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Jay Arthur Blog.

Is Quality Improvement “Over Your Head?” “Beyond You?”

At a recent Magnet Nursing conference, I heard this phrase many times: Quality Improvement is “over my head.” These are smart people with advanced degrees! What’s going on?

Agile Lean Six Sigma is within your grasp. https://www.qimacros.com/pdf/Agile-Process-Innovation.pdf

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

Agile Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare – NAHQ 2018

Agile Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare – NAHQ 2018 from Jay Arthur on Vimeo.

How to “hack” Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Quality and Safety. Recorded at NAHQ 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

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

Upgrade before the rate increase 2/1/19

Click HERE to upgrade your single-computer single-user QI Macros version 2014-2018.

If you’d like to upgrade but also add other users or other computers, send an email to orders@qimacros.com and tell us how many total users you’ll have and how many computers you’ll be installing the new version of QI Macros on.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Jay Arthur Blog.