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Six Sigma Basics ‐ ANALYZE Part 4

By Drive, Inc. on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

In the previous issue in this series, we focused on the “M” in the DMAIC cycle for Six Sigma. We conveyed the processes and tools used to MEASURE the output performance of the process. This month, we will focus on the “A” in the DMAIC cycle, which is the ANALYZE phase. In this phase, we will develop theories of root causes, confirm those theories with data, and finally, determine the true root cause(s) of the problem. The true root cause(s) will form the basis for solutions in the next phase of the DMAIC cycle covered in our following issue, which is the IMPROVE phase. Many tools are used in the ANALYZE phase, so it would not be practical to cover all of them in a blog format. We will instead focus on three of the most important and effective tools used. These tools are Design of Experiments (DOE), Hypothesis Testing, and Regression Analysis.

Six Sigma Basics MEASURE - Part 3

By Drive, Inc. on Tuesday 18 September 2018.

In our latest issue, we focused on the “D” in the DMAIC cycle for Six Sigma. We discussed the processes and tools used to DEFINE the project. Now we will focus on the “M” in the DMAIC cycle, which is the MEASURE phase. In this phase, we discuss the processes and tools used to pinpoint the location or source of deviation.

Six Sigma Basics ‐ The Define Phase Part 2

By Drive, Inc. on Friday 17 August 2018.

STEPS TO DEFINE: In the last issue we discussed the phases of Six Sigma. There are 5 phases in the Six Sigma problem solving process. Each phase is crucial to the overall success of the project. This month, we will dive into the first phase of the Six Sigma process, the DEFINE phase.

Six Sigma Basics - Part 1

By Drive, Inc. on Friday 20 July 2018.

Six-Sigma is a problem solving technique that works well with any Lean enterprise initiative. In some companies, the term “Lean Six Sigma” is used instead of separating the two approaches, since they complement each other in their goals. Lean is a system used to eliminate waste, imbalance and overburden by identifying and solving problems through the use of people.

Front Line Leaders

By Drive, Inc. on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Having the right front line leadership prevents entropy from occurring in a work area, which leads to long-term sustainment. Executive leaders can unknowingly set up front line leaders for failure, and often find themselves surprised at the results. Five things Executive Leaders do to set up front line leaders for failure are:

Leadership Competencies

By Drive, Inc. on Thursday 17 May 2018.

What is Leadership? We are often asked this question, and it surprises us that many companies have promoted non-leaders into leadership positions. This is a shame and, if not remedied, is a huge form of disrespect to the leader and his/her team. So, what is Leadership? We will first answer the question, “What is NOT Leadership?” based on John Maxwell’s book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.”

Scenarios Planning

By Drive, Inc. on Tuesday 17 April 2018.

The 14th of March in 2008 was a very bad day for Jim Cramer. Jim Cramer had a spectacular career in finance and is now the host of Mad Money, a popular TV program. Just three days prior, Jim had instructed his listeners to hold on to stock in Bear Stearns; however, on this day the shares dropped by 92%. Jim is a smart guy, so how did this happen? Despite his intelligence, Jim attempted to predict the future, which is impossible. While this prediction proved disastrous for Jim, the problem with predicting the future is much more widespread. Many businesses attempt to do this very thing in their strategic planning processes by trying to set up a strategy while assuming there is only one potential future and ignoring the probability of many alternate futures. The only thing we know for sure is that the future will be different from the present in some capacity. In light of the impossibility to predict the actual future, we must, nevertheless, plan for multiple future scenarios. How can a business improve their ability to better predict the future? We propose using Scenarios Planning as this method.

Socratic Coaching

By Drive, Inc. on Monday 19 March 2018.

Socratic Coaching is a method of teaching that values asking questions over simply giving answers. Socratic Coaching is a skill that takes much practice before it becomes “natural”, and also naturally walks people through scientific thinking.

Lean Operating System Maturity Assessment Part 2

By Drive, Inc. on Monday 19 February 2018.

The assessment process must be easily administered while being thorough. Initially, we recommend that the assessments are led by outside Operational Excellence experts to ensure non-bias, provide teaching, and provide best-practice examples. Over time, it can be a process of self-assessment by the Leadership Team of each business unit or plant facilitated by the internal Lean Operating System coordinator where possible to level the ratings (to remove bias). Periodically, we recommend that an outside resource still be utilized to facilitate new learning and avoid group-think / rut thinking.

Lean Operating System Maturity Assessment Part 1

By Drive, Inc. on Wednesday 17 January 2018.

An Operating System is a strategy that deploys a variety of resources, methods, and tools to improve the organization's systems, leadership, and culture. The operating system provides the company with a sustainable continuous improvement capability for all its core and support business processes that result in improved competitive advantage and provide its customers with better quality and service.

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