Book Announcement: Implementing Lean Six Sigma in 30 Days

QAspire

It is an actionable guide titled “Implementing Lean Six Sigma in 30 Days” that aims to help readers in understanding the Lean Six Sigma methodology and solve problems that undermine quality and inhibit efficiency. Lean Six Sigma offers a way of answering this question, combining the approaches of both Lean and Six Sigma in a way that offers an opportunity for exponential improvement in a way that is manageable, flexible and sustainable.

Long Term Implementation of Quality Teams Within Organizations

Mike Cardus

Long Term Implementation of Lean Six Sigma within Organizations from Michael Cardus. Whether you use Lean Six Sigma within your organization or not, this content will prove valuable to you…. Pitfalls in Six Sigma Teams. Steps to Keep Lean Six Sigma Within the Organization. Hire Mike. Want to discuss your company and working with your quality team to create a culture of quality improvement?

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Balancing Push and Pull Approaches to Improvement

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "Black Belts" and Green Belts armed with explicit financial targets Balancing Push and Pull Approaches to Improvement big IT implementations Brad Power Companies should complement a top-down push with as much bottom-up pull as possible Harvard Business Review blog's "Conversation" series HBR email alerts Lean Enterprise Institute Lean Six Sigma initiatives with experts ("Belts") in command making improvement and adaptation a habit (even fun?)

10 Pitfalls to Avoid in Creating and Leading Teams

Mike Cardus

Originally this was written for a workshop called ‘Long Term Implementation of Lean Six Sigma within Organizations’ … and with some changes the content is applicable and valuable to anyone who manages, works on, and puts work teams together. Failure of Management to be involved in each step of the team’s work. Management must recognize the pre-work necessary to enhance the team’s chances of success. Management of Team Dynamics & Team Members.

Uniting the Religions of Process Improvement

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "Black Belts" Brad Power Business Process Management (BPM) Chemical company Air Products four process improvement "religions" General Electric Harvard Business Review blog Harvard Business Review’s Daily Alerts Kaizen Lean Lean "senseis" Lean Enterprise Institute Michael Hammer Motorola Shell Oil Six Sigma the Toyota Production System Toyota Uniting the Religions of Process Improvement

Avoiding Catastrophic Failures in Process Improvement

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Brad Power for the Harvard Business Review‘s “The Conversation&# series. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * Do you have a process improvement [.].

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 7 of 7

Strategy Driven

Those in senior-management roles may have trouble seeing or identifying with this phenomenon and may mistakenly assume it only happens in other organizations. Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven Silent Killer #6: Modern Indentured Servitude. Today’s world is one of sharp contrasts.

Starting a Successful Team Project. Tips for the initial team meeting

Mike Cardus

Project Manager / Team Leader – What to do. Project Manager / Team Leader explain why this team is together; Who is part of the team. Corporate Team Building Team Building Team Building Agenda project management six sigma team building successful planning team leadershipThe team building I offer focuses on the team completing their work on time, within budget and quality specifications.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 3 of 7

Strategy Driven

This will require a dramatic shift in the way we train our leaders, managers, and team members, but it is the key to inventing new, more powerful futures together. Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven Silent Killer #2: Not Listening. To truly listen does not mean merely hearing or paying attention.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 5 of 7

Strategy Driven

But we have come to tolerate the illusion that the essential matters of work can be invented, managed, and sustained through the creation, storage, retrieval, display, and publication of information. What was invented as a means to replace the post office has now become the most common management tool in organizations. It was never designed for that purpose and is, in fact, ill-suited to managing the complex web of commitments that are the organization.

Tactical Execution Best Practice 7c – Are You Thinking Lean? The ‘Wastes’ of Execution: Inventory

Strategy Driven

Greg Gaskey is a StrategyDriven Principal with over twenty years of nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and large-scale program and project management experience. An experienced Operations Manager, he has managed critical Department of Defense programs, projects, and business lines; spanning multiple engineering maintenance disciplines including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and instrumentation and controls systems.

Tactical Execution Best Practice 7a – Are You Thinking Lean? The ‘Wastes’ of Execution: Overproduction

Strategy Driven

Greg Gaskey is a StrategyDriven Principal with over twenty years of nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and large-scale program and project management experience. An experienced Operations Manager, he has managed critical Department of Defense programs, projects, and business lines; spanning multiple engineering maintenance disciplines including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and instrumentation and controls systems.

Tactical Execution Best Practice 7b – Are You Thinking Lean? The ‘Wastes’ of Execution: Transportation

Strategy Driven

Greg Gaskey is a StrategyDriven Principal with over twenty years of nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and large-scale program and project management experience. An experienced Operations Manager, he has managed critical Department of Defense programs, projects, and business lines; spanning multiple engineering maintenance disciplines including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and instrumentation and controls systems.

3 Reasons for less than desired results with team building training for Manufacturing

Mike Cardus

Managers find something wrong (i.e. In what ways can Managers, employees, and trainers work to improve the results? Corporate Team Building Team Building front line team development lean leadership manfacturing six sigma team buildingLeading team building & leadership consulting, coaching and training for several different sectors, levels of organizations, and people. Manufacturing is a place of that I enjoy working.

Improving Your Team’s Lean Project Management

Strategy Driven

At its core, lean project management is about delivering greater value while minimizing waste. If your goal is to improve your team’s lean project management, resulting in greater efficiency and productivity, you need to take a number of key steps. Implement Lean Six Sigma (DMEDI).

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7

Strategy Driven

Unfortunately contemporary management theory and practices have ill prepared us for our current reality. We must now focus our attention on eliminating the six ‘modern’ wastes: Degenerative Moods. Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven

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6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 6 of 7

Strategy Driven

The greatest enemy of innovation is modern management. Contemporary management practices are geared toward ensuring stability and predictability, and avoiding surprises or ‘problems.’ Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven Silent Killer #5: Suppressing Innovation.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 4 of 7

Strategy Driven

Unfortunately, contemporary management theory offers no alternatives to this style of organizing work and designing organizational structures. This process is called commitment-based management, and it will be as powerful for the next generation of managers as quality was for the last. With commitment-based management, people learn to build structures and processes that enable the smooth flow and tracking of commitments, as opposed to activities – the current norm.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 2 of 7

Strategy Driven

Yet contemporary management theory rarely recognizes the importance of moods and the impact they can have on productivity and profitability. The success of future managers will depend on their skill at ‘mood management’ – which means recognizing that the conversations taking place in the organization are not trivial utterances but are, in fact, the lifeblood of the enterprise. Most current management practices tend to devalue anything that can’t be measured.

Tactical Execution Best Practice 7 – Target Non-Value-Adding Work to Improve Efficiency

Strategy Driven

Most managers like to think of their organizations as an efficient operating machine, so when senior management determines that everyone needs to ‘tighten down’ and find additional cost-cutting measures, it may appear at first glance that there is nothing that can be done without a reduction of some portion of the existing level of service to the customer. All high-performing organizations continually look for ways to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency.

Developing::Leading::Be a part of High Performance Teams

Mike Cardus

Design by 12GrainStudio Developing::Leading::Be a part of High Performance Teams Thursday, October 07th, 2010 Posted by: mike ASQ Buffalo NY Lean Six Sigma Conference. The slide show information for the workshop I am facilitating with for the 2010 ASQ Buffalo Lean Six Sigma Conference. To register Developing / Leading / Being Part of Effective 6 Sigma Teams Who should attend and why?

Fatal Five Failure Factors of Culture Change Efforts

The Practical Leader

This session is for senior operating executives and organization/leadership development support professionals such as HR, Learning/Training, Organization Development, Safety, Lean/Six Sigma, Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Customer Service. We’re getting quite a few registrations from support professionals or executives who are bringing together their management teams to listen to the broadcast and use it to assess and refocus their own efforts.

Unconscious and Underlying Beliefs Undermine Culture Change Efforts

The Practical Leader

It’s one of the key factors in the 50 – 70% failure rate for programs to increase safety performance, service and quality levels, Lean/Six Sigma, productivity, innovation, leadership skills. Many executives and managers don’t understand how the success of programs they’re trying to implement go way beyond the “hard&# tools to the “soft&# issues of leadership behaviors and culture.

Outside In: Customer Perceptions Define Service/Quality Levels

The Practical Leader

It starts with the belief that service/quality is not the absence of defects as defined by management, but the presence of value as defined by customers. management AchieveGlobal American Express Black & Decker Continuous Quality Improvement customer service firing on all cylinders leadership leadership development Lean six sigma The Achieve Group The Three Rings of Perceived Value Total Quality Management

Core Elements to Leading a Peak Performance Culture

The Practical Leader

We’ve been working with more and more executive teams who proclaim strategies for transforming their culture toward higher safety, customer service, innovation, Lean/Six Sigma approaches, productivity, employee engagement, or new technology platforms. The Peak Performance Balance: Managing Things and Leading People. Six Core Components for a Peak Performance Culture. You can get more information and register yourself and your management team for the webcast here.

We Need to Apply Quality Improvement Lessons to Safety

The Practical Leader

Starting in the late eighties and eventually morphing into Lean/Six Sigma, the quality movement completely revolutionized management thinking throughout much of the western world. Here’s an excerpt that we need to re-examine in looking at current attitudes and approaches to workplace safety: It’s amazing how many managers still treat people like rechargeable batteries.

Top Project Management Challenges

Strategy Driven

Ask any project manager, and you’ll hear that one of the top problems that they face is a high tolerance for failure. A high performing project manager needs a way to track projects from start to finish, get the team on board to work together towards a common goal and get more done on time and under budget. Excel spreadsheets and emails are two ways to accomplish this, but most managers should use a project management methodology to stay on task.

The manager as coach

Chartered Management Institute

Whilst the improvement of process is a mature activity, with methods such as lean, six sigma and BPM decades old. Continuous improvement is one of those areas that no organisation can afford to overlook. You are not watching this post, click to start watching read more

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10 Reasons why Managers are Clueless about Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Most managers (people in leadership positions) really don’t read books about leadership. Even if there was a way to find out how many managers there were in the world at any time, I’m sure that number would be way bigger than the number of leadership books sold. I ask new and current managers all the time how many leadership books they have read in the past year, and most of them, if they are being honest, haven’t read a single one. clueless leadership managers

How to Become a More Effective Manager #WinningWell

Let's Grow Leaders

You can have all the great plans, Six Sigma quality programs, and brilliant competitive positioning in the universe, but if the human beings doing the real work lack the competence, confidence and creativity to pull it off, you’re finished. Managers who win well bring confidence and humility in equal measure and focus on both results and relationships. Managers who win well build healthy professional relationships with their employees.

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StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 3 – An Interview with Forrest Breyfogle, author of Integrated Enterprise Excellence, Volume I – The Basics

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. how other business management approaches such as Total Quality Management (TQM), the Theory of Constraints (TOC), SMART goals, and ISO 9000 are related to the Integrated Enterprise Excellence system.

Possibility Maximizer: Management Improvement Carnival

Sales Wolf Blog

SHRM - Society for Human Resource Managment Indispensible for the HR Professional! Successories Motivational Products Talent Managment Magazine Testing and Assessments - An Employers Guide to Good Practices Testing and Assessments - DOL The Rainmaker Group - Possibility Maximization An amazing group of people commited to making a difference in the world they live - one soul, one organization, one Customer Experience at a time.   Ready to improve your management skills?

Is It Fun Being Led by You?

Lead Change Blog

We got our black belts in six-sigma; words or acronyms like Kaizen, PDCA, TQM, QC and ISO became everyday parts of our work language. Squeezing another penny out of costs, getting product to market a few weeks earlier, responding to customers’ inquiries a little bit faster, ratcheting quality up one more notch, capturing another point of market share–those are the obsessions of managers today. Few American presidents were more fun loving than Theodore Roosevelt.

Five Jobs Made More Effective With Change Management

Change Starts Here

A recent study by the Association for Change Management Professionals (ACMP) shows that 73% of change management professionals surveyed also have other, non-change-related job duties. I suspect for many of the respondents, the “other” job duties are really their primary job, and those who consider themselves change agents do so because they’ve realized change management is a necessary function of their primary job. Project Management.

Baldrige Performance Excellence and Using Six Disciplines

Six Disciplines

Measurement, Analysis and Knowledge Management. Process Management. They won the award in 1988, drawing attention to Six Sigma as an approach to quality improvement. Since then, Six Sigma has widespread use throughout our economy. Steel) won the award , drawing attention to Six Disciplines as providing a complete program for strategy execution coaching and performance excellence. Here's what they had to say about Six Disciplines. ).

Are you a Leader or a Lemming?

Great Leadership By Dan

Signs of a Lemming Leader: Use of jargon: Do you use the terms restructuring, high reliability, six sigma, just culture, strategic sourcing, population health, or employee engagement in your organization? How about reengineering, total quality management, performance management, learning organization, value analysis, managed care, or employee satisfaction?

015: How to Deal with Resistance to Change | Featuring Megan Burns

Engaging Leader

Guest Megan Burns is a consultant, speaker, & managing director of Operations Strategy Consulting. She has more than 15 years of industrial engineering and supply chain management experience. A certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Megan has worked with companies throughout North America and in 14 different countries. Guest Megan Burns is a consultant, speaker, & managing director of Operations Strategy Consulting. ©iStockphoto.com/AnsonLu.

Photo Inquiry Friday: How might we create a shared understanding of the required outcomes?

Mike Cardus

day training of Lean Six Sigma Master Belt Belts’ in Change Management, Project Management and Training Techniques. Team Building Team Training lean leadership Lean Six Simga Training measuring training metrics for team building process improvementThe above image was taken at a 2.5

Five Coaching Tips to Help Business Process Management Leaders Succeed

Strategy Driven

When organizations want to build a process culture, they need to identify leaders for each process improvement effort—namely an Executive Sponsor, Process Owner, Project Lead and Business Process Management (BPM) Team Facilitator. This role could be filled by a Business Architect, Process Improvement Expert, Lean Six Sigma Practioner, Business Analyst or Project Manager. You just finished reading Five Coaching Tips to Help Business Process Management Leaders Succeed !

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What's Holding You Back? A Call for Gutsy Leadership

Leading Blog

Management that doesn’t confront problems and make the necessary tough decisions to change, typically ends up with a culture focused on pride in the past and the protection of old procedures. In a section titled, “Creativity and Six Sigma don’t Mix,” Herbold writes: Innovation is not an orderly process. A manager can stifle innovation without even knowing it through his or her unspoken communications.

Study Shows Power of Leadership Behaviors Supported by Management Systems and Processes

The Practical Leader

A new study was recently published by the global management consulting firm, Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In partnership with 12 worldwide management organizations like The Conference Board, American Management Association, the Chartered Management Institute and others in Europe, Asia, and other countries, the survey sought input from 1,600 senior executives on 20 organizational capabilities.

Improving Your Company Starts with You

Strategy Driven

Many of these things – and more – are described in detail in methodologies like lean and Six Sigma. Entrepreneurship business management strategydrivenMany leaders wrongly attempt to improve their companies with a bottom-up approach, focusing on the smallest issues and hoping to work their way up.

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Ten Types of Organizational Change

Change Starts Here

The first step towards customizing your change management approach is defining your change. An airline adopted Lean Six Sigma concepts to increase agility and reduce waste across the operation. To push decision-making authority closer to the customer, a restaurant chain modified its franchise management structure, redefining roles and responsibilities across its many locations. Implementing a Change Management Approach. Change Management