Lean Six Sigma

18 08, 2018

How Many Processes?

By |2018-11-21T07:42:52+00:00August 18th, 2018|Lean Six Sigma, Organizational Ergonomics, Process Improvement|Comments Off on How Many Processes?

How Many Processes? By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems How many processes do you have in your organization? On the surface, this seems like a fairly simple question to answer. If you try answering it yourself however, you might find that it is pretty tough to come up with an answer that you [...]

30 04, 2017

The Real Lean Upside

By |2018-11-21T04:16:40+00:00April 30th, 2017|Customer Amazement, Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement|Comments Off on The Real Lean Upside

Experiencing the Real Lean Upside By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems One way to shoot me off on a lengthy rant is to bring up the lean six sigma subject in conversation. Why does this topic touch such a nerve with me? It’s not because I disagree with the concepts. In fact, I [...]

1 04, 2017

Exploring Barriers to Process Improvement

By |2018-11-21T04:32:10+00:00April 1st, 2017|Leadership, Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement|Comments Off on Exploring Barriers to Process Improvement

What’s Killing Your Improvement Efforts By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Most organizations want to improve.  For example, lean six sigma was recently, and may still be, the hot improvement topic.  As time progresses, we will watch this improvement effort fade in popularity, This effort will be replaced by something that may sound [...]

29 03, 2017

Where’s the Waste in Your Work Processes?

By |2018-11-21T04:38:37+00:00March 29th, 2017|Lean Six Sigma, Measurement, Process Improvement|Comments Off on Where’s the Waste in Your Work Processes?

Where’s the Waste? Over the past year, I have become thoroughly convinced of one thing – if leaders really knew the daily cost of the waste all of their work processes were creating, they would make very different decisions. Do you really know where all of your process waste streams are? Do you know [...]

9 03, 2016

Exploring the DMAIC Need for C

By |2018-11-21T04:58:09+00:00March 9th, 2016|Lean Six Sigma, Measurement, Process Improvement|Comments Off on Exploring the DMAIC Need for C

Exploring the DMAIC Need for C by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems What problem solving or process improvement process do you use? What process of this nature do you teach to others? Over the past 35 years, I have been taught, and taught to others, five step, seven step, and [...]

16 02, 2016

How Do You Spend Your Work Time?

By |2018-11-21T08:35:44+00:00February 16th, 2016|Lean Six Sigma, Organizational Ergonomics, Process Improvement|Comments Off on How Do You Spend Your Work Time?

by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems Spending Work Time and Money to Make Money My definition of work is simple – people spending work time and money to make money. While that definition does not match the official definition of work that we are taught as fledgling Industrial Engineers (mass [...]

13 02, 2016

Lovin’ the Pizza Emoji

By |2018-11-21T08:43:52+00:00February 13th, 2016|Customer Amazement, Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement|Comments Off on Lovin’ the Pizza Emoji

by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems I love the pizza emoji. I have loved it ever since I saw its commercial for the first time, and if you know me, you know I hate commercials. It’s Spicoli’s best friend and Mr. Hand’s worst nightmare. If I were the parent of [...]

10 02, 2016

Using Statistics in the Real World

By |2018-11-21T08:47:23+00:00February 10th, 2016|Lean Six Sigma, Measurement, Process Improvement|Comments Off on Using Statistics in the Real World

by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems When my son was in his final year of course work for his Industrial Engineering degree, I became a little concerned about the types of concepts he was, and was not, being exposed to. Take using statistics for example. He was in the process [...]

8 02, 2016

Are You a Lean Six Sigma Leader?

By |2018-11-21T08:53:04+00:00February 8th, 2016|Leadership, Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement|Comments Off on Are You a Lean Six Sigma Leader?

by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems Are You a Lean Six Sigma Leader? Over the past few years, we have seen the application of lean six sigma thinking and lean six sigma tools begin to shift away from the production lines, where their use has achieved lots of success in [...]

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