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Lean Six Sigma Quality Management techniques to ensure high performance of an organization

leanFactors affecting the performance of the organization are:

1)      Basic Infrastructure Facility.

2)      Ensuring Proper Management.

3)      Effective communication between the management and the staff

4)      Effective use of resources.

5)      Health Care facilities for the staff.

6)      Team work.

7)      Making the strategies and the mission of the organization clear.

8)      Performance Appraisals

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101 essential skills a Green Belt professional must know

leanGreen Belt professional is an integral part of a quality system. There are certain skills a Green Belt professional must know. There are 101 things a Green Belt must know like:

  1. Six Sigma is a method to do a business.

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Why do companies avoid Lean Six Sigma?

lean_sixMost companies are using Lean Six Sigma for process improvements. Some organisations do not use Lean Six Sigma. This might be due to certain misconceptions regarding the same. As we know lean helps in process improvement by removing the process wastes. The organisations has a lot of complaints regarding using Six Sigma, these are:

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Human Resource management an effective way to implement Lean Six Sigma

leanOrganizational culture consists of various sub cultures. These subcultures are various sub groups which have their own identity, characteristics and properties. Even though these sub groups have diverse characteristics, they are connected to one ideology that comprises of organizational culture. The organizational culture is diversified and differentiated into various departments, operational units, units within service, line and staff personnel. The maintenance of the organizational culture is a major task for Lean Six Sigma. The socialization aids are interaction with the superiors, peer groups and senior co-workers.

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Can asking WHY solve a problem?

whyAsking why has been a notable feature of a five year old child. But can asking why solve our problem. Lean Six Sigma tells us that this is the most frequently used analysis technique to find out the actual cause of a problem. This technique has been used in the analyse phase of DMAIC cycle. Now the question arises how to use this tool. It’s very simple. Just ask “Why” until you reach to the root cause of the problem. Using these techniques we use corrective measures rather than finding solutions for a problem. It helps to find solutions for the forthcoming problems.  Let us see an example where this technique can be applied:

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Lean Six Sigma tool identifies the common problem of late coming at work

 

leanCause and effect diagram or Fishbone analysis diagram has been an integral tool for Lean Six Sigma in analysis phase.  This tool helps to identify the cause for a problem. Fishbone analysis diagram is a simple tool that is used by Six Sigma professional to understand the root cause of a problem. By this technique we can identify the areas due to which the quality is not achieved.  Now let’s see a practical example where this fishbone analysis diagram is used.  Every company faces latecomers in their office. Repeated warnings and excuses have become a routine in an organization. So why does an employee come late to office? The causes can be identified with the help of fishbone analysis diagram. These are the factors which can affect the timing of an individual for office:

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Cultural Enlightenment a critical factor for implementing Lean Six Sigma

s1What does culture mean? Culture means shared beliefs and values for a group of people. Sharing a common belief and value for an organisation improvement is the critical factor for implementing lean six sigma. We are seeing cultural changes in implementation of Six Sigma with the modern approach. The approach has become more customers oriented rather than focusing on departments. Now every team member is involved for the brainstorming sessions for projects.

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Six thinking hats for effective business management

six hatsSix thinking hats is an effective tool used for decision making purposes while conducting business analysis. This had been developed by Edward De Bono. This tool takes into consideration various factors to make an effective decision. It involves rational thinking along with the emotional factors while making a decision. It mixes skills, ambitions and various feeling. This is an effective tool used during meetings.  Different thinking hats denote different styles of thinking. Now let’s discuss different styles of thinking:

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Lean Six Sigma finds a solution for Health care delivery improvements

healthcareEvery health organisation has same motto: excellent health care and cost control. This is common with health care organizations, health systems and hospitals. Market places and certain government regulating bodies are scrutinizing the patient outcomes and service quality of health care industry. Let us understand how these health care organizations are achieving excellent quality at low cost. The term Lean Six Sigma is a blend of two core concepts: Lean which helps in reducing the wastes by work breakdown process and getting wastes from the values, and Six Sigma which applies statistical tools and reduces errors in the process. Hence these two help in achieving fast process with the help of high quality and low cost. Earlier this practice was limited to manufacturing companies but now it has found itself in healthcare domains for effective results. The major advantages of Lean Six Sigma methodology in health care domains are :

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Why is Six Sigma important ?

sigmaOften we have heard that the work lacks quality and the project is resulting in high cost. So is there any method by which the quality can be improved and cost can be reduced? The answer is YES, the method is six sigma methodologies. Six sigma is a management philosophy that was developed to reduce costs, increase profits and reduce wastage of an organization. The method was developed by MOTOROLA in 1986. It had been made as central business strategy for General Electric in 1995. This method was developed to improve the quality, establish a world class standard and save the cost for the company. As the costs are reduced the revenues generated increase thus creating a profitable situation for the organisation.

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