Idea Development Lifecycle – Lean Six Sigma in Motion

Idea Development Lifecycle – Lean Six Sigma in Motion The Idea Development Lifecycle is a process used to bring your product or service concept to life with as little waste or defects as possible. At its heart, this process manages the changes that occur throughout development and production. Every time a change is made to your product specifications, it invites waste and defects to creep into the process or product. How exactly does an idea move from concept to reality? There are 7 stages to idea development: Concept...

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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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Is Your Organizational Mindset Causing Waste?

Is Your Organizational Mindset Causing Waste? Waste, or the Japanese word muda is defined as: any activity that does not add value to the customer and is not needed to meet customer requirements. The acronym DOWNTIME identifies eight wastes that may be present in any process, whether it is manufacturing, service, office, healthcare, finance or IT.  These DOWNTIME wastes are: Defects, Overproduction, Waiting, Neglected resources, Transportation, Inventory, Motion, and Extra processing. The mindset of an organization is the fixed mental...

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What My Dad Taught Me About Lean Thinking

What My Dad Taught Me About Lean Thinking Thinking Lean and doing it right the first time have some things in common: money, savings and profit. First developed for Lean manufacturing, the 5S’s can be applied to the idea development lifecycle process as well. They help ensure that after your idea initiates and proceeds through each development stage: 1) concept, 2) design, 3) build, 4) integrate and test, 5) make, and 6) verify for approval to release into production, that the final product, service or process, and sustains the essence and...

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Creating High Performance Organizations

Creating High Performance Organizations An analysis of the highest performing organizations most often reveals an unwavering attention and dedication to the basics of Operational Excellence: driving to a set of performance goals; measuring performance against those goals; taking proactive action to resolve issues and make improvements quickly; and increasing performance expectations once targets are met. Most organizations apply these methods to some degree already, but very few have a comprehensive and integrated system with the...

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