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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Value Realization Methodology: Putting Dollars to Operational Excellence

Businesses either struggle their way forward or plan and execute successfully according to valid goals and objectives.  But even when doing the right things, businesses frequently find it difficult to take empirical measure of progress and favorable influence to the bottom line.  The shifting sands of streaming challenges, adjustments, and planned progressions can be quite challenging when attempting assessments. Here is where Value Realization Methodology (VRM) makes its solid contribution.  Value realization:  Realization both in a...

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The 5S’s: Lean Thinking Applied to Idea Development

It happens. You have a thought – an idea for something new. Slowly, it transforms itself into a vision in your mind; something very specific takes shape. It may be a product or service. It may be a delightful tune, a fragrant smell, a loan approval process or a simpler way to do something. It is a product or service that you or your company can provide, sell or market, and hopefully, make a profit or save money doing so. This transformation from idea to a real product, service, improvement, method, or whatever its final form or essence...

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Use Lean Everyday

While many initiate projects and implement Lean tools to achieve short-term objectives, the key to long-term organizational success is engaging everyone in Operational Excellence practices each and every day. First of all, what is Lean?  It is a systematic focus on comprehensive, continuous improvement processes that deliver more customer value by eliminating waste to increase flow and reduce variability. These processes reduce complexity, which increases quality and reduces both time and costs associated with the process.  It encompasses a...

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