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*Latest webinar: 4/13/21 QI Macros webinar

Over 65 people signed up for this webinar, with Jay Arthur demonstrating some of the software’s most frequently used tools and answering questions asked by attendees.

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 Improvement Project Wizard, the Fixed Limit indicator or the automated Process Change Wizard), 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, Webinar.

Second, Third and Fourth Order Consequences

Ever noticed that when someone takes a knee-jerk reaction to solving a problem that it often causes more problems than it solves? Here’s why:



“I’m Jay Arthur, author of “Lean Six Sigma Demystified” and QI Macros [software].

“When I was in college there was a pool hall in the basement of the student union at the University of Arizona. We used to go down there and shoot pool sometimes for hours, killing time between classes. (I don’t know why I had them booked them so far apart…)

“But if you’ve ever played pool, you know when you break the rack, balls just go every which way.

Posted by Jay Arthur in Improvement Insights.

ASQ Lean Enterprise Division 3/10/21 Web Meeting

Jay Arthur was the featured speaker for the 3/10/21 ASQ Lean Enterprise Division Web Meeting. His topic was “Turning Data Into Dollars with Microsoft Excel – Big Profits from Small Data.” You may view the recorded video of Jay’s webinar below:



If you’re interested in learning more about QI Macros for Excel (the software Jay wrote and developed), click HERE and view the demo video in the yellow box. You may also sign up for a free 30 day trial of the software by filling out the form on that page next to the video, or by signing up at THIS link.

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

Herd Immunity to Defects

The pandemic has given us terms like “herd immunity.” Wouldn’t it be great if we could develop herd immunity to defects? Here’s how:



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“You know, with the pandemic they keep talking about wanting to achieve herd immunity: Herd immunity so that the virus has no place to go. Wouldn’t that be cool?

“But then I started thinking about “Wouldn’t it be great if we could develop herd immunity to defects, mistakes, errors, waste and rework?” What if everybody was immune to that? What if we had different…? We do have vaccines; I mean, we have procedures, methods, tools and everything else to help people achieve a totally “no rework, no waste, no nada” kind of environment.

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

An Easy Way to Tell if Data is Variable or Attribute

Six Sigma students are often confused by terminology. Variable and attribute data are often confusing. Calling it measured or counted doesn’t help that much. Here’s a way to explain it that almost everyone can understand quickly.



“Early on when I was teaching Quality Improvement, people kind of struggled with the whole idea of variable and attribute data, and telling them that it was measured and counted didn’t seem to help a lot.

“As a programmer, the way I think about it is: If it has a decimal point, it has to be measured, right? If it’s an integer, it’s most likely counted, right?

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

QI Macros Software Demo – 2021 Lean Six Sigma World Conference

Thanks for attending the 2021 Lean Six Sigma World Conference. Click below to see a quick demo of how QI Macros can help you prevent waste, rework and lost profit.



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

QI Macros Software Demo – 2021 ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference

Thanks for attending the 2021 ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference. Click below to see a quick demo of how QI Macros can help you prevent waste, rework and lost profit.



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

Are You Doing Black Belt Work or No Belt Work?

My childhood doctor did it all. Now I almost never see a doctor. Are You Doing Black or Green Belt work, or “No Belt” work?



“When I was growing up as a kid, our family doctor, Dr. Pierce (and what an unfortunate name)… anyway, Dr. Pierce was actually a MASH 4077 kind of a doctor, right? He was he was in Korea [where] they were doing meatball surgery. But back in the 50s, he’d come in and take your temperature, check your pulse, and he would give you the shots and anything else that was there: write the prescriptions out long hand and rip them off a pad and hand them to you.

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

Are You Sewing Your Own Six Sigma Toolkit?

Mom used to sew all of her own clothes, just like many people in Six Sigma are creating their own chart templates or code. Mom figured out a better way. You can too.



“Growing up in the 50s, my mom made all of her own clothes. She would go to the fabric store and pick out fabrics and pick out patterns. She’d come home and on this big cardboard thing she’d lay out the pattern on the thing and cut out all the pieces. Then she’d have bought thread, and then she’d sit there at the sewing machine and she would sew blouses and skirts and dresses.

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

Arthur’s 4-50 Rule – The Secret to Breakthrough Improvement

We’re all familiar with Pareto’s rule: 20% of causes produce 80% of the results. But are you familiar with Arthur’s 4-50 rule? Typically, 4% of any process – one step out of 35 – is the cause of more than 50% of waste, rework and lost profit.



“Hi, I’m Jay Arthur, author of “Lean Six Sigma for Hospitals” and QI Macros [software].

“Now I’ve probably talked to you about this before, but we’re all familiar with Pareto’s rule that 20% of what you do produces 80% of the mistakes, errors, waste, rework, lost profit. 20% of your customers produce 80% of your revenue.

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