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Trends Facing Lean Six Sigma

Still practicing last century quality improvement? The economy has changed. Current trends demand an Agile approach to Six Sigma. Isn’t it time to embrace 21st Century Quality?

Learn Agile Process Innovation – 21st Century Quality Improvement


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

IHI Quality Tool Usage in Poster Presentations

QI Macros exhibited at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) conference in Orlando this week. There were over 500 improvement posters. Like prior years, I used a checksheet to collect data about the tools used. Once again, the results are disappointing. Quality tools–control charts, Pareto charts, and Fishbone diagrams–are still a small percentage of tools used, unchanged since I started collecting data in 2015. Bar and line charts still dominate posters; I call them Dumb and Dumber charts.

The quest for Zero Harm using high-reliability methods and tools (i.e., Lean Six Sigma, control charts, Pareto charts, histograms, etc.) is gaining momentum.

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

12/6/18 QI Macros Webinar

Almost 150 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 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.

2018 December Upgrade Offer


Click HERE to upgrade your single-computer single-user QI Macros version 2013-2017.

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.

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.

Don’t Implement Six Sigma

20th Century Quality needed big Six Sigma implementations because you had to learn things that aren’t necessary any more. Take a 21st Century, Agile approach to Six Sigma to start getting results immediately.

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.

Lean Six Sigma Meets the Blah Blahmeter

Is the foggy complexity of Lean Six Sigma preventing widespread adoption? I think it is:

Learn more about Dan Roam’s Blah Blahmeter here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6kmObnh2jo


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

Solutions Masquerading as Root Causes

Does Your Root Cause Analysis Fail The Last Why Because It Presupposes A Solution?


Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights, Six Sigma.

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.