Tag: continuous improvement


Is Six Sigma Dead?

Is Six Sigma Dead?

This was the title to an article published in the October 2011 edition of Quality Progress. Since then, there have been other articles asking, “Is Six Sigma Worth it?” “...Is it a Fad?” “...Is it Still Relevant?” Over the past 10+ years, articles have been proclaiming the end is near for Six Sigma. But, before the eulogy starts, let's explore exactly what Six Sigma is. When I ask business leaders what Six Sigma means to them, the following are some of the...

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4 Reasons Why Kaizen Events Don’t Benefit Your Lean Efforts

A lean training simulation followed by value stream analysis which culminates in some kaizen events has been the traditional implementation model for lean. Industry Week reported in a recent survey that 98% of all companies that have attempted lean did not experience the expected benefits. Toyota has been hiding the reason for these failures in plain sight for over 60 years and only within the past few has part of the enigma been lifted.

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