Category Archives: 6-Sigma

Make Doing the Wrong Thing Hard … Fundamentals

To help prevent errors, a construct translated as “make doing the wrong thing hard” has been around informally for many decades. It was formalized as part of the Toyota Production System by Shigeo Shingo and called poka-yoke in Japanese. This … Continue reading

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Removing waste increases profits

In June of 2007 I posted about the mis-application of 6-Sigma to innovation and creativity. However, the idea of removing waste that does not add value can still be applied to so-called creative processes. To wit, Partners & Napier, a … Continue reading

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Six-Sigma Not so Valueless Afterall!

Earlier this week my wife (who works with us sometimes) was at the Boston Knowledge Management Forum, where one of the trendy things to talk about was how six-sigma is now an dated old tool, useful in the manufacturing environment … Continue reading

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Process vs. Innovation

Many pundits argue that the current path to competitive advantage is by out-innovating the competition. This is as opposed to focusing on being more efficient than the competition. The unstated theory being that one of these two approaches is the … Continue reading

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