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As human beings and organizations, we are all on a continuous quest to better ourselves. Perfection is a standard that we all seek. Alas, there is no perfection on a day to day basis, but overtime, a suitable average standard can be identified. This is the nature of process control. In the quality realm, the […] Read more

Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle Healthy competition in an industry is always to be welcomed. From an economic perspective, customers know that they have options that will supply them their desired product or service, at the quality and price that they desire. Companies cannot afford to be complacent, or […] Read more

In an era where customers have more choices, it is important to an organization to ensure maximum efficiency in its operations. A holistic view of process operations helps to facilitate any relevant process improvement efforts. In the Lean Cycle, the aim is always to flow via the relevant cycles such Plan-Do-Check and Act, in order […] Read more

In an organization, the favorable combination of physical and human factors influences the motivation, satisfaction and results of the staff. It also impacts other important aspects such as safety, productivity and quality. In this post we will go into some tools that make up LEAN Manufacturing: The 5S’s This is a methodology that gives special […] Read more

In our previous post, we talked about what the Kanban tool is and how kanban boards could be used for tracking of activities and projects. We also talked about how we could establish a couple of very simple indicators that would allow us evaluating the amount of work we do (Achievement) and how much of […] Read more

Have you even faced the fact that you requested a specific and urgent study, of which you still have not received the result and at the time of trying to find out where it is, is impossible determining immediately if the person in charge of the area has already authorized your execution, if the study […] Read more

An Observation of Producing Efficiently Without Producing Too Much In Lean Six Sigma, much time and analysis has been devoted to identifying production hiccups or “speed bumps” that disrupt the smooth flow of a process. Every smart business aims to minimize wasted time and resources and, therefore, should know common types of interruptions that lead […] Read more

A Study of Waiting Lines & Capacity The importance of studying and analyzing volume of business and a business’s capability to handle volume cannot be understated. One dissatisfied customer due to overpromised deliverance and underperformance can scar the reputation of a business. Visa versa, meeting or exceeding promised delivery timelines can do a lot of […] Read more

Over-Analyzing and Business Gridlock Starting something–it can be the hardest thing to do. Just getting our feet off the ground to start a personal project or a business venture or an action inside a business can be scary. Fear of starting alone can lead to a paralyzing halt in progress of an organization. Let’s look […] Read more

Measuring Processes for Stability and Ability to Meet Requirements As business processes are put into place and after they are in place, continued evaluation is recommended to determine the effectiveness of those processes. It is one thing to test in theory, but another to put processes “through the ringer” and see how well they do […] Read more

Methods for Getting to the Root Cause of a Problem It is important to exercise the process of root-cause analysis–that is, when an issue in business occurs, to take the time to not only identify and fix the immediate issue but dig deep to find out why it happened in the first place. Six Sigma […] Read more

Factorial Design of Experiments: A practical case study. Part 2 Continuation from Part 1… Last time, we talked a little bit about Design of Experiments (DoE), what it is, its main advantages and how it can help us for faster and improvement analysis of phenomena as well as gathering information to make the best possible […] Read more