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Bringing Lean Six Sigma to the Next Level

Posted by kyle toppazzini on Sun, Sep 22, 2013

In the Lean Six Sigma framework, we normally define what is called the critical-to characteristics or CTs.  CT is any feature or product that is important to the customer. However, in the FUSE framework, we are focused on finding the right guanxi (Chinese value for the right relationship). I believe that all relationships in the enterprise are on the critical path to maximizing an organization’s performance.  Think about what happens if we only look at what is important to the customer and ignore what is important to our leaders and employees.  Doing so may result in an organization having a difficult time delivering maximum value to its customers because employees don’t feel valued and, as a result, they do not perform at 100 percent of their potential.  What happens if we don't take into consideration the requirements of our partners or suppliers? We may find it a challenge to deliver great value to clients because the supply chain isn't optimized. 

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Tags: sigma, lean, Lean Six Sigma, FUSE, process, six sigma

New Paradigm in Lean Six Sigma

Posted by kyle toppazzini on Tue, Sep 10, 2013

Before I had published my first book on Lean Six Sigma (Maximizing Lean Six Sigma Sustainability), I had begun work on a second book.  This book detailed a new approach to Lean Six Sigma called Formulate, Understand, Synthesize, and Execute (FUSE).  FUSE is an approach that enables organizations to maximize enterprise performance with the least amount of friction in order to continuously learn, improve, and innovate.

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Tags: sigma, lean, Lean Six Sigma, FUSE, process, six sigma

War and Peace in Lean Six Sigma and Business Transformation

Posted by kyle toppazzini on Sun, Aug 11, 2013

How many of you have been through a Lean Six Sigma or business transformation where there was no internal fighting and/or conflict between employees and within management? My guess is that very few of you have. In any Lean Six Sigma project, company transformation or change initiative there is going to be times of love and times of war.

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Tags: sigma, lean, Lean Six Sigma, process, six sigma

The Psychology of Organizational Change

Posted by kyle toppazzini on Tue, Apr 09, 2013

Many of us may be familiar with change management models used in organizational change, including aspects such as:

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Tags: Change Management, Change Models, Organizational change

Expedite Lean Six Sigma Implementations

Posted by kyle toppazzini on Thu, Apr 04, 2013

One of the recurring themes I hear about from business executives is that Lean Six Sigma simply takes too long to implement.  Without senior management buy-in for an initiative such as Lean Six Sigma (LSS), implementing it is not only difficult, but also nearly impossible. What if there were an easier way to implement Lean Six Sigma that resulted in faster improvements and could engage the workforce better than do traditional methods?  I believe there is such a way, and it is through the use of process simulation.

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Tags: sigma, lean, Lean Six Sigma, process, six sigma

Your boss is not listening about Lean?

Posted by kyle toppazzini on Tue, Feb 19, 2013

In Lean Six Sigma, management support is critical to the success of your project.  The definition of management support, however, may be different between those charged with implementing Lean Six Sigma and the management team members who are required to support it.  The support that management can provide is to bring in a Lean Six Sigma expert to assist you with your project.  Sometimes, however, it is difficult to have a conversation with management to explain why you need outside assistance.  After all, it has likely invested a significant amount of money into Lean Six Sigma training.  The reality is that many Lean Six Sigma training courses teach students only the basics and do not adequately train people for what a transformation requires.  Here are some points you can make to your boss that could warm him or her up to the idea of bringing in outside help.

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Tags: Change Management, lean, lean six sigma training, Lean Six Sigma, six sigma

5 Great Ways to Make Lean Six Sigma Training More Effective

Posted by kyle toppazzini on Thu, Feb 07, 2013
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Tags: sigma, lean, lean six sigma training, process, six sigma, training

Better Lean Six Sigma Training ROI

Posted by kyle toppazzini on Mon, Feb 04, 2013
In this episode Phil and Ted discuss how to use the train the trainer concept to maximize your training investment.

This is part of our regular lean six sigma video blogs that we will be providing along with our regular blogs.

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Tags: lean, lean six sigma training, Lean Six Sigma, process, six sigma

What six-year-olds taught me about teaching Lean Six Sigma

Posted by kyle toppazzini on Tue, Jan 29, 2013

It may seem odd that children can teach us about learning Lean Six Sigma, but it may not seem so odd after you read this blog.

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Tags: sigma, lean, Lean Six Sigma, process, six sigma, training

Phil and Ted's Lean Six Sigma Adventures-Teaching Lean Six Sigma

Posted by kyle toppazzini on Mon, Jan 28, 2013
In this episode Phil and Ted discuss a different way of teaching Lean Six Sigma. 

This is part of our regular lean six sigma video blogs that we will be providing along with our regular blogs.

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Tags: sigma, lean, Lean Six Sigma, process, six sigma, training