The Fishbone Diagram

What is the Fishbone Diagram? The fishbone diagram was developed in the 1940s by the Japanese Kaoru Ishikawa, who is considered the pioneer of quality management in Japan. The method is one of the seven basic quality tools (Q7). The Ishikawa or Fishbone diagram is used to visualize a problem solving process. It is primarily used to search for the cause of the problem. The diagram can be used in the context of a Six Sigma project at any stage of the project when the causes of existing problems need to be found and ideas for solutions evaluated. The goal …

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Six Sigma in IT Development

This article will describe how agile software development and SS can be adapted together. Agile Development – Suitable for Six Sigma? Agile methods have dominated the field of software development over the last decade, and they have proven successful for managing and executing software development projects. Agile teams usually focus on fast and short-term improvements, either through daily collaboration or through periodic vehicles such as retrospectives. Sometimes agile teams lack a bird’s eye view/strategic approach to process improvement or problem solving. This is where Six Sigma comes in. The introduction of Six Sigma to produce software products or to improve …

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What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is a quality management method that originally comes from Japan. The precursor of Six Sigma was first used in 1970 in Japanese shipbuilding. The actual development of Six Sigma as a method was done by Motorola in the USA in the mid-1980s. However, SIX SIGMA owes much of its popularity to its implementation at General Electric by Jack Welch.  Later, at the end of the 1990s, the first organizations and companies were even created for SIXSIGMA. The best known are the International Society of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSSP) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Six Sigma refers …

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Six Sigma in Sales and Marketing

Six Sigma provides a common language and methodology for exploiting business opportunities and solving business problems. It also provides a roadmap that shows problem solvers where to start and what to do next. For a long time, it was widely believed that SS could only be fruitfully applied in manufacturing, while areas such as sales and marketing were not suitable for it. Most doubters assumed that the ability and effectiveness of applying a standardized problem-solving method could not be applied to the art of sales and marketing, because the standardized method would suppress creativity. 4 factors can be identified for …

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What is Lean Six Sigma?

Lean Six Sigma can generally be described as a combination of the Lean and Six Sigma methods. While the Lean method aims to reduce the lead time of a value chain, Lean Six Sigma focuses on reducing deviations and improving quality. Both methods therefore have their own focal points and together result in a comprehensive quality management and optimization concept that optimizes the process on the one hand and does not lose sight of quality on the other. Since companies are always striving to reduce their costs and at the same time increase their quality, flexibility and efficiency, Lean Six …

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What is Lean?

LEAN Management is the name given to a management system that emerged from the Toyota Production System (TPS) with the aim of reducing production costs, shortening throughput times and avoiding waste along the entire process chain. With LEAN it is possible to achieve a sustainable improvement of the value stream. Weak points are systematically analyzed and used with the help of LEAN tools for a lean value stream design. The goal is to produce only what the customer needs at the time without waste. Lean Management – What is it? LEAN management was created in the middle of the 20th …

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Creating a Lean Culture

For the realization of Lean measures, it is necessary to create an awareness of the Lean culture among the employees. This book offers a great amount of information on lean implementation. The book clearly describes what a lean culture is and how it can be achieved in the company. The book is simple and easy to read and illustrates the implementation of Lean measures with concise examples Ad* About this Book The new edition of this Shingo Prize-winning bestseller provides critical insights and approaches to make any Lean transformation an ongoing success. It shows you how to implement a sustainable, …

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Toyota Way

Toyota Way is an outstanding publication. As Jefrey Liker describes in the book, cultural change through the involvement of all people (from top management to the employees on the ground) is a key factor in transforming an organization into a lean organization. For someone who is not in industry, the book is particularly informative. A number of application areas can also be derived for the services sectors Ad* About this Book How to speed up business processes, improve quality, and cut costs in any industry In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects …

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The Lean Product Playbook

This book is one of the most useful guides when it comes to applying Lean Product concepts to real life situations. It takes you step by step through a strategy that helps you build better, more innovative products. As you read, the book provides key examples and compelling stories to illuminate each step in detail. This book offers a combined discussion of the lean product process, UX design, agile development, and analytics that really covers everything you need to know to build great products. Ad* About this Book The Lean Product Playbook is a practical guide to building products that …

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Lean Six Sigma QuickStart Guide

This book is a Lean Six Sigma Quickstart guide and is perfect for anyone who is new to Lean Six Sigma. The purpose of this book is quite clear. It aims to use Lean Six Sigma to manage visible improvements within an organization and the simple writing ensures that you don’t get lost in the complexity of the subject. Lean Six Sigma is about exceeding customer expectations and getting the most out of the team’s efforts to achieve maximum efficiency. Ad* About this Book The Lean Six Sigma QuickStart Guide is the perfect first step in your Lean Six Sigma …

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