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Innovating Lean Six Sigma

P1601-MThis book shows you how to customize and apply the principles of lean Six Sigma to your organizational needs, allowing you to mold and shape your strategy, making small adjustments along the way that can have a big impact.

DMADV Project Saves $2 Million for Brazilian Mining Company

Samarco CS2 Fig2In this case study, a Six Sigma team at a Brazilian mining company developed a low-energy iron ore pellet to meet customer needs and internal goals. Using quality tools the team saved the company more than $2 million annually.

Using Six Sigma, Lean, and Simulation to Improve the Phlebotomy Process

QMJv23i2In this Quality Management Journal article (open access), Six Sigma, lean, and simulation modeling are all popular methodologies, but they have rarely been used together in healthcare process improvement. This study explores how the three can be integrated. Subscribe to QMJ.

How We Work

QPJune16CoverIn this month's Quality Progress cover story (open access), learn how the Joint Commission incorporated lean Six Sigma and change management methods into its process improvement program, eventually creating a self-sustaining culture of quality. Subscribe to QP.

Using Six Sigma in Your Personal Life

Quality for Life Logo - SmallIn this Quality for life video, Kevin Holston, a certified Black Belt, shares how he uses Six Sigma tools in his everyday life, including providing humorous examples of how keeps his life in order and on track.

New Heights

QP Feb 2016 coverFor many, a modified version of Six Sigma’s define, measure, analyze, improve and control (DMAIC) method can improve a companies’ translation processes. In this QP article (open access), read how applying Six Sigma can achieve accurate, effective translation.

Using Six Sigma to Improve a Florida ER

Sandy Furterer Q4LUsing six sigma, Sandy Furterer and her team were able to identify the bottlenecks in a Florida ER, allowing them to create solutions for each problem area. Watch this Quality for Life episode.

Building Momentum

SSFMv15n1In this open access article from the latest Six Sigma Forum Magazine, author Chris Hayes explains how using the first law of motion can accelerate your lean transformation. Subscribe to SSFM.

Costs and Savings of Six Sigma Programs

QMJv19i4A study of 28 organizations shows that effective implementation of Six Sigma led to an average savings of 1.7 percent of revenues over the period of implementation and an average return of more than $2 in direct savings for every dollar invested.

Read the study (PDF, open access) in the October 2012 issue of Quality Management Journal.  

Creative Combination

FishboneWhen potential root cause analysis through a fishbone diagram alone does not offer obvious direction, try combining the fishbone diagram with a suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, and customers (SIPOC) diagram and a cause and effect matrix to jump-start a lean Six Sigma project.


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