Change Management Lessons from a Caveman

Have you ever wondered what the oldest tool is in your lean six sigma toolbox?   Some argue that Dr. John Snow’s map, which helped end the cholera epidemic of London in the mid-1800’s, was one of the first uses of a concentration diagram.   Karl Pearson gave us the standard deviation around 1893.  Walter Shewhart drew the first control chart in 1924.  In 1977, as John Travolta was strutting about in white polyester, John Tukey was working hard at Bell Labs to bring us the box plot.  So some tools are old, others relatively new.  I...

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Lean Six Sigma + Change Management = Success

Do I really need change management? It took me four weeks to learn the technical side of Lean Six Sigma (LSS). Now you’re saying I have to couple that with another methodology that is equally as broad and deep? Short answer: Yep! One important fact to know is this: It is one thing for you to own a shiny new treadmill.  It’s a whole other situation to get on that treadmill every morning and actually use it. Have you ever seen a method like Lean Six Sigma (LSS) used to improve a process only to have people continue to do things the...

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Change Management Lessons from a Caveman

Change Management Lessons from a Caveman Have you ever wondered what the oldest tool is in your Lean Six Sigma toolbox? Some argue that Dr. John Snow’s map, which helped end the cholera epidemic of London in the mid-1800’s, was one of the first uses of a concentration diagram. Karl Pearson gave us the standard deviation around 1893. Walter Shewhart drew the first control chart in 1924. In 1977, as John Travolta was strutting about in white polyester, John Tukey was working hard at Bell Labs to bring us the box plot. As you can see, some...

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Achieve Operational Excellence through the Continuous Process Improvement Routine

Achieve Operational Excellence through the Continuous Process Improvement Routine Two-thirds of Operational Excellence initiatives fail to meet expectations. This fact is disheartening to many Op Ex followers. Don’t be discouraged – there is hope. What we need to ask is what causes this poor performance, and then determine what you can do to help your organization become successful in implementing a continuous process improvement routine. When polled, 82% of business leaders say that significant culture change remains their top challenge....

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Five Lean Six Sigma Change Management Secrets You Must Know

Five Lean Six Sigma Change Management Secrets You Must Know Whether you’re new to Lean Six Sigma or a seasoned veteran, being able to manage the human side of a process change is vital. Some say it’s 80% of the battle in DMAIC. You can create the best process in the world, but unfortunately, there’s no button inside Minitab® or Excel® to click that gets the workforce to engage in your new process. If the human beings who need to follow your new process don’t do so, you’ve lost your investment. The body of knowledge available on...

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