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Operational Improvement Has Improved – HBR

Business models, innovation, reengineering, culture change and more can sometimes not produce the expected or at least the immediate results you were expecting.  This article is a good read.   Another look or a fresh perspective may make the difference.

Excerpt:  If you’ve had a bad experience with an operational improvement effort (like Six Sigma or Business Reengineering), or if you haven’t given it much attention lately, you should take a fresh look. Many companies and executives have been disappointed with these efforts when results weren’t sustained and inefficiency crept back in. But improvement has improved.

I see three forces behind this trend:

Read full article via Operational Improvement Has Improved – Brad Power – Harvard Business Review.

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Forrest Breyfogle on Taking Six Sigma to the Next Level

This is a re issue of a podcast that is definitely worth your time.  The tips and how-to included in the podcast are valuable to all small business owners in transitioning to today’s challenges.  Leadership and management tools

Excerpt:  Problem-solving or assessment methodologies such as Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, or ISO may not provide a business framework so that organizations can move toward achieving the three Rs of business: everybody doing the Right Things the Right Way at the Right Time.

In The Integrated Enterprise Excellence System: An Enhanced, Unified Approach to Balanced Scorecards, Strategic Planning, and Business Improvement , Forrest Breyfogle introduces a new organizational governance system that integrates analytics with innovation. The IEE system shows business leaders what to measure and report; when and how to report it; how to interpret and use the results to establish goals; how to orchestrate work activities; and how to develop strategies that is consistent with established goals. These strategies ultimately lead to specific projects that enhance organizational focus and success.

Download podcast here via Forrest Breyfogle on Taking Six Sigma to the Next Level.  From American Management Association

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Asking the Important Questions: A Guide to Design Thinking And a Better Way to Serve Customers

Great read  —  it references innovation but I think the advice and tips are important for everyday challenges not just innovation.  Recommended for all leadership and management

Excerpt:  Design thinking is a way of framing and then solving problems based on close and empathetic observation of users or customers. It’s a hot topic right now as companies seek new ways to make innovation happen, and to move beyond other problem-solving approaches such as those offered by Six Sigma. Design thinking forces people to think broadly about user needs and to be generative rather than purely analytical.

Read full article via Asking the Important Questions: A Guide to Design Thinking And a Better Way to Serve Customers | Innovation Management.

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Deming’s 14-Point Philosophy – Strategy Skills Training

Great read.  Many takeaways for small business in leadership and management.  If you are a newbie or been around for a prior management philosophy, this is recommended.

Excerpt: The concept of quality is at the core of many of our ideas about effective management and leadership, and programs like Total Quality Management and Six Sigma have been at the heart of many companies’ success. We know now that quality needs to be built into every level of a company, and become part of everything the organization does. From answering the phone to assembling products and serving the end customer, quality is key to organizational success.

Read full article via Deming’s 14-Point Philosophy – Strategy Skills Training from MindTools.com.

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Close the profit draining gaps and improve productivity

This article takes the various analytics available and breaks them down into everyday see/feel explanations……..especially good for the small business owner who is trying to handle a full range of C-Suite responsibilities by his/her self….

Excerpt…..Some business people shy away from business process improvement or continuous quality improvement programs such as Lean, Baldrige or Six Sigma because they do not understand the necessity or they prefer not to devote the required time. Possibly by putting this into real time experiences may better illustrate the importance of reducing variations.

Read full article……via Close the profit draining gaps and improve productivity – Post-Tribune.

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Six Sigma and Innovation – A Remarkable Duo

Another great article how-to on innovation this morning.  Leadership and management

Excerpt……Innovation in its general sense is simply to create something new or to introduce something different. This could either be to develop a product or to improve a process. But not all means of improving connotes being innovative. Although Six Sigma is clearly defined as the methodology that aims to eliminate defects by identifying probable root causes of the problem, innovation is different. The term is vague and has no specific definition, which may be the reason why people can not exactly differentiate the two. And for some people the idea of integrating Six Sigma in the innovation process will restrain some ideas. If we look at the picture as a whole, the goal is to innovate and Six Sigma is a method that will aid the process of identifying both problem causes and feasible solutions.

Read full article…….via Innovation Excellence | Six Sigma and Innovation – A Remarkable Duo.

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One-Stop Guide to Six Sigma Including Free Tools and Certification

Tools and explanations in your need-to-know management file….

Excerpt…..Do you use Six Sigma or is it your ultimate desire to learn more about this methodology? If so, here Bright Hub offers up the very best collection of posts, guides and how-tos on Six Sigma, the tools behind it

Read full article and source links here….via One-Stop Guide to Six Sigma Including Free Tools and Certification.  From Bright Hub

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Six Sigma for Small Business

In conjunction with topic of previous post…….here is a book download of Six Sigma for Small Business….  Leadership and governance

Download 224 page book here…….http://www.entrepreneur.com/downloads/assist/six_sigma_for_smallbusiness.pdf

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Need-to-Know: Lean Six Sigma

This is a great site with links to the definitions, history, how-to and other of the lean Six Sigma…  Recommend browse and bookmark site for future read and reference.  Leadership and governance.

Excerpt…..What does it mean to be “Six Sigma”? Six Sigma at many organizations simply means a measure of quality that strives for near perfection. But the statistical implications of a Six Sigma program go well beyond the qualitative eradication of customer-perceptible defects. It’s a methodology that is well rooted in mathematics and statistics

Access links to the various articles and papers on Six Sigma here………….New to Lean Six Sigma.  The Six Sigma site

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Forrest Breyfogle on Taking Six Sigma to the Next Level

This is a reissue of the 2009 podcast but it has great tips, points and how-to………..suggest you take the time to listen.  Filed under data management, information technology, metrics and leadership.

Excerpt of introduction…….Forrest Breyfogle introduces a new organizational governance system that integrates analytics with innovation. The IEE system shows business leaders what to measure and report; when and how to report it; how to interpret and use the results to establish goals; how to orchestrate work activities; and how to develop strategies that is consistent with established goals. These strategies ultimately lead to specific projects that enhance organizational focus and success.

Download Podcast……..via Forrest Breyfogle on Taking Six Sigma to the Next Level.  From American Management Association

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Learn Typical Six Sigma Metrics to Improve the Quality of Operation Excellence

This is great information on the how-to metrics of Six Sigma……….. Filed under operations, governance, leadership and business intelligence.

Excerpt……The quality of the product or the process determines the business success. Applying Six Sigma metrics to the processes helps a great deal to ensure the quality of the overall business. Read on to learn more on this topic.

Read full article……via Learn Typical Six Sigma Metrics to Improve the Quality of Operation Excellence.  From Bright Hub

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Six Sigma Management Guide

Do you have this already……if not here is a guide to help you implement Six Sigma governance and strategy into your small business.

Excerpt…..The Six Sigma Management Guide includes the origin and history of Six Sigma Management, the two methods (DMIAC and DMADV), the thought process map and the implementation roles. This guide includes the fundamental objectives and how to calculate the cost and savings of Six Sigma quality

Read intro and get guide here……via Six Sigma Management Guide | Inc.com.

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