Why are Ronald Fisher and Karl Pearson not celebrated and discussed more in Six Sigma forums and in Lean Six Sigma training courses the same way as the likes of Shewhart, Deming and Juran ?  ( I am already telling my students about them !)  Could it be because Fisher and Pearson’s main focus was not on Industrial Manufacturing and Business ?   Nevertheless, many of the statistics used today in Six Sigma tools and
The truth behind the 7 wastes…not what most people think ! In most training courses about the ‘7 wastes’ ( or the 8 wastes … TIM WOOD, DOWNTIME, WORM PIT etc ) it is taught as if there was something magical and all-inclusive about this number 7 ( or 8). This was certainly not the intention of Taiichi Ohno, originator of the 7 wastes at Toyota and architect of TPS. The true intention of Ohno
Chris Alcock and I have recently been researching the penetration of Lean or  Six Sigma or Lean 6 Sigma in hospitals in the USA. http://health.usnews.com/health-care/best-hospitals/articles/best-hospitals-honor-roll-and-overview The above URL names the top 20 best hospitals in the USA, 2016,  according to a detailed study undertaken by the US News magazine. (See also text attachment) So I started from the top, seeing which ones had undertaken Lean / 6S / L6S initiatives. 1st place Hospital – yes
Hello, I was just asked by Rene C. from Nice, France, while he was preparing for his Black Belt, if he needed to know the details of how to use Critical Path Method ( CPM )  or Program Evaluation and Review Tequnique ( PERT ) in order to be a Black Belt ? This is a common question so I though I would repeat my answer to Rene here. Rene, In order to pass the
During my years teaching in Lean Six Sigma I have found myself using the word ‘Optimization’ at least once a week during my classes…usually during the part about ‘Designed Experiments’ and ‘Response Surface Methods’ ,  however I have recently been thinking that the word ‘Optimization’ should be introduced to Students much earlier during the “Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma” sections of the class.  It strikes me that “Optimization’ is the perfect ENGLISH word for the
During my years teaching in Lean Six Sigma I have found myself using the word ‘Optimization’ at least once a week during my classes…usually during the part about ‘Designed Experiments’ and ‘Response Surface Methods’ ,  however I have recently been thinking that the word ‘Optimization’ should be introduced to Students much earlier during the “Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma” sections of the class.  It strikes me that “Optimization’ is the perfect ENGLISH word for the
During my years teaching in Lean Six Sigma I have found myself using the word ‘Optimization’ at least once a week during my classes…usually during the part about ‘Designed Experiments’ and ‘Response Surface Methods’ ,  however I have recently been thinking that the word ‘Optimization’ should be introduced to Students much earlier during the “Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma” sections of the class.  It strikes me that “Optimization’ is the perfect ENGLISH word for the
John Dennis, Director of Lean Six Sigma Training Ltd at the offices of the British Standards Institute, (founded 1901). We love there slogan ! … ”BSI…making excellence a habit”
This is a common question that is asked about the use of Kanbans.   Remember that a Kanban is just the fancy ( Japanese ) name for any visual signal or reminder that it is time to re-stock the supply of materials, parts, goods that are needed for the next downstream activity in your process.  This could be restocking a shelf on a supermarket ( ready for the next downstream activity which is the purchase
How Kanban systems are used in new cutting edge industries …HP, Pixar,  Zara and Spotify Written by James Gordon  Kanban is a Lean Manufacturing Tool for producing items in a highly efficient manner. It’s a scheduling system which tell you what to produce, when to produce it, and how much to produce. Kanban is also the Japanese word for a visual sign, usually a card with instructions on it, used to schedule and track production from