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Is Your Green Belt Program Working?

So you trained a bunch of people to be Lean Six Sigma Green Belts. Now what? I’ve seen it a hundred times. A company hand picks their best and brightest to get Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified with the hope that they will solve the company’s problems and create a culture of Continuous Improvement.…
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A Simple, Visual Look at COVID-19 Data

A friend and business partner of mine was diagnosed with COVID-19 this week. I was already obsessed with how viruses spread but this really brought it home. So I pulled up some Data, because let’s be honest, everyone is worried about it and we don’t have any sports stats right now… so why not?  …
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Managing Your Supply Chain During COVID-19 Disruption

Managing Your Supply Chain During COVID-19 Disruption

COVID-19 is disrupting businesses across the world. Some have seen sales drop off while others are busier than ever trying to keep up with changing market demands. We interviewed Casey Adams and Brian Bowers from Visible Supply Chain Management to find out how they and their clients are managing this disruption and what other companies can do…
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Disruptivity

We are well into 2020 and that means the team at Lean Six Sigma Toolbox has just one thing on our minds, strategy! Does your 2020 strategic plan include being disruptive? If not might I suggest adding a single Strategic Objective to your annual plan, DISRUPTIVITY. And I’ll give you 3 ways you can do…
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Results are not the Lean Six Sigma leader's job

Results are NOT the Continuous Improvement Leaders Job!

Published on March 8, 2016 Edit article View stats Status is onlineCedro ToroCEO – KPI Fire Strategy Execution Software28 articles A friend of mine emailed me with a tough question last month. “I have a problem. About a year ago I (somehow) talked my way into a job as a CI coordinator. …It’s been a…
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Calculating Lean Six Sigma Project Savings

There are famous battles in our history. The Battle at Waterloo, Custer’s Last Stand, and the Battle of the Bulge. But none is so fiercely fought as the battle of whether or not a Lean Six Sigma project delivered real value or just “soft” savings! The Lean Six Sigma Black Belts argue, “All savings are…
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Standard Work in Healthcare?

The team here at KPI Fire just got back from the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma conference in San Antonio, Texas. I know many of you couldn’t go so I took some notes! One of those notes that really stuck with me was a presentation by Johanna Ficatier of the Mayo Clinic. “Why do Healthcare Professionals fight the concept of Standard Work?”…
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Common Misconceptions in Hoshin Planning

Within the strategic planning world, Hoshin Kanri is becoming a major buzzword. Hoshin Kanri refers to managing company objectives and is sometimes called “Policy Deployment” or “Hoshin Planning”. However you say it, Hoshin Planning is a proven method for ensuring strategic goals are achieved while minimizing waste in business processes. Hoshin Planning is part of…
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Voice of the Customer in your Strategic Plan

Make Room for the Voice of the Customer in your Strategic Plan Your Strategic Plan is your team’s roadmap for the entire year. It’s important that your team doesn’t focus on financial metrics alone. Financials are important but they are usually lagging indicators. That means that setting an aggressive Sales target may be what you want…
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3 Keys to a Successful Green Belt Program

So you trained a bunch of people to be Lean Six Sigma Green Belts. Now what? I’ve seen it a hundred times. A company hand picks their best and brightest to get Green Belt certified with the hope that they will solve the company’s problems and create a culture of Continuous Improvement. What really happens?…
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