May 24, 2017

Say Goodbye to Laziness

CureJoy’s blog reveals how we can use Kaizen to overcome procrastination and be more productive. Check out my top takeaways underneath.


  • Do the new habit you want to take up for just one minute every
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May 17, 2017

Similar but Different

Quality Mag’s Jim L. Smith examines the work of Dr. Walter A. Shewhart’s and Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s approaches in business. See my key takeaways underneath.


  • Shewhart’s control charts theory taught businesses to differentiate between
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May 10, 2017

Your Path to Superb Quality Management

Proto Plastic’s Jamie Dewing walks us through his strategies for improving our quality management approach. See underneath for my key observations.


  • Enhance your organization’s approach to quality management by turning it into a core value
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May 3, 2017

Toddler Management

Matt Girvan, writing for Fatherly, shares how he applied Lean management principles to getting his toddler ready in the morning—of all things. See below for my key takeaways.


  • We tend to apply our time management
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April 26, 2017

The “Grand-Daddy of Quality”

Elisabeth Swan, writing for Go Lean Six Sigma, highlights elements of the great Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s legacy. See below for my top takeaways.


  • Honored with countless awards—to such an extent that the Japanese created
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April 19, 2017

The Importance of Studying

Today, Mark Graban discusses the lack of organizations studying W. Edwards Deming’s practices for his Lean Blog. For more information, read my observations underneath.


  • Many organizations “implement Lean” or practice “improvement science,” but don’t have
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April 12, 2017

Practice Lean Changes

Michael Ballé demonstrates in LinkedIn how enforcing Lean can change the way managers manage their teams. See my top takeaways from his piece below.


  • Management practices can be changed for the good, once managers begin
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April 5, 2017

Which Direction Should We Head In?

Today, Jeff Gothelf—blogging on Medium—breaks down how to pick the right management strategy for your organization. See my summaries below for more details.


  • If you’re not sure which management strategy is “right” for you or
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March 29, 2017

Encourage Innovation

Dan Blacharski walks us through how Six Sigma encourages innovation within your organization for Innovation Excellence. See underneath for my key observations from his article.


  • The Six Sigma approach gets a lot of bad rap
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March 22, 2017

Succeed as a Manager

What does it take to be a good manager? Joseph Coffey, writing for Business Time Zone Global, has some ideas—read my insights from his article underneath.


  • Approach the hard decisions and challenges you will face
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March 15, 2017

Improve Continuously

Six Sigma share techniques for implementing the Japanese Kaizen culture within your company. Read on for more information.


  • The Japanese expression ‘Kaizen’ is about producing “good change,” and it has been used to influence development
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March 13, 2017

Are There Still Deming Style Managed Companies?


Deming’s Style

Dr. W. Edwards Deming illustrated his management style through the creation of his 14 points. These were a comprehensive list of what he saw wrong in management and what he thought should … Read the rest

March 9, 2017

Who Was Dr. W. Edwards Deming?

Very few people in this world get to expand their horizons enough to accomplish several goals within their lifetime. Dr. William Edwards Deming was one of those few people who, historically, managed to do just that, with a very successful … Read the rest

March 8, 2017

Lean Thinking

Michael Ballé and Jeff Liker collaborate to discuss how Lean thinking challenges the way we approach management. See below for more observations from the article.


  • Executives at management level sometimes struggle to grasp the concept
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March 7, 2017

How to Improve Your Quality Management System with Deming’s 14 Points

Today, in the modern era of advanced technology you need to implement a couple of competitive strategies to stay at the top market leading position. Dr. William Edwards Deming is well renowned for his contribution to … Read the rest

March 1, 2017

“Would Dr. Deming Have Been a Black Belt?”

Industry Week’s John Dyer asks if Dr. Deming would have embraced today’s Lean and Six Sigma principles if he was still alive. See my summaries from his piece underneath.


  • Many argue how Dr. Deming would
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February 22, 2017

Inspired Lean and Six Sigma Ideals for Your Family

Alison Zeidman, writing for Fatherly, shares how we can use Lean and Six Sigma ideals to save time on chores and your family routines. Read my top takeaways beneath.


  • Use visual signs or “kanban cards”
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February 15, 2017

Comparing Process Improvement Methodologies

Arvind Rongala, writing for Invensis Learning, explains the difference between Lean, Six Sigma, and Business Process Management (BPM). Read my summary of his article for more details.


  • Lean is a Japanese practice that seeks to
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February 8, 2017

What Lean Thinking and Urinal Flies Have In Common

Today, Rey Elbo of The Manila Times compares Lean thinking and a small oddity men find in their urinals. Check out my key takeaways from his piece.


  • The art of lean thinking can be well-demonstrated
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February 1, 2017

Think Lean to Achieve Lean

Rick Bohan explains today why uncommitted leaders may be a factor in the failure of Lean initiatives, but they aren’t the root of it. Check out my top takeaways from the piece.


  • Though many companies
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January 25, 2017

What All the Fuss Is about with Lean and Agile

Anna Majowska of Dzone explains the benefits of Lean and Agile workflow. Check out my key takeaways from the article.


  • It’s about working less but to a better quality: ensure your systems and objectives are
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January 18, 2017

How Six Sigma Can Fan the Spark of Innovation

Dan Blacharski explains how Six Sigma can support and actually promote a culture of innovation within your organisation for Innovation Excellance. Read my top insights from his interesting piece below.


  • Though some argue that Six
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January 11, 2017

The Fundamental Principle of Lean Manufacturing Is Being Overlooked

From Dzone, Steve Garbrecht teaches us to go back to the basics of lean manufacturing. See my observations from the piece below.


  • At least 3:1 manufacturers are putting cross-functional groups into action but aren’t employing
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January 4, 2017

Dr. Deming’s Influential Work in the US

Today we look at Part Two of Doug Williams’ blog articles which remember Dr. William Edwards Deming and his activities after Japan in the US. Check out my top takeaways from the piece underneath.


  • Ford
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December 28, 2016

Dr. Deming’s Lessons to the Japanese

Over the next two weeks, I want to share Doug William’s two part blog which remembers Dr. William Edwards Deming and focuses on his influential teachings. Read below for my key takeaways from Part One.

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December 21, 2016

How to Approach System Failures

John Hunter, writing for The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog, reveals Dr. Deming’s note on management after a hospital stay. Processes that can apply to any organization, read on for my insights from the article.

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December 14, 2016

Develop a Stronger Team for Better Results

Today, The Lean Office’s Randy Siever discusses his approach to being a successful Lean Manager and helping your team produce the right results. See my summary of his article underneath.


  • A good Lean Manager focuses
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December 7, 2016

Ways to Avoid Common Six Sigma Deployment Mistakes

From Grey Campus, Uma Daga sets us on the right path to steer clear of common Six Sigma mistakes. Read on for more information from the article.


  • While training and certification in Six Sigma are
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November 30, 2016

How Six Sigma Isn’t For Everyone

Don Pepper’s LinkedIn blog warns us of the pitfalls of applying Six Sigma to your organization; it isn’t a system that works for everyone as the company 3M demonstrate. Check out my key insights from the article below.

November 23, 2016

Use a Simple Method to Assess Your Data Quality

Dr Thomas C. Redman advises in the Harvard Business Review to assess whether you have a data quality problem or not. See my summary of his article below.


  • The “Friday Afternoon Measurement” helps you measure
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November 16, 2016

The Lean Methodology

Today, KaiNexus’s Greg Jacobson discusses the direct application of Lean management and the mindset needed to apply the process. See my summaries underneath for more information.


  • It’s not just a toolset—but an ongoing practice that
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November 9, 2016

Change Your Business Focus

President & CEO at CaseStack, Inc. Dan Sanker advises us to alter our business mindset today on his LinkedIn blog. Check out my key takeaways from his article below.


  • Many companies concentrate their aim on
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November 2, 2016

Establishing Six Sigma

Discover just how Six Sigma can help your company with Juan Rivera’s introduction to the process, care of the Pyzdek Institute. See my summaries below on his piece.


  • The goal of Six Sigma is to
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October 26, 2016

Ways in Which Internet of Things Can Assist Six Sigma

From Grey Campus, writer Uma Daga explains how Internet of Things (IoT) can help Six Sigma perform more efficiently. See my key takeaways underneath.


  • To make the most of Six Sigma applications and methodologies use
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October 19, 2016

Improving the Dreaded Performance Review

As a Dr. Deming disciple, I’m of the opinion that performance reviews do more harm than good when it comes to motivating your employees. Within my companies, we’ve recently discarded the practice entirely. But, if you and your management team Read the rest

October 12, 2016

Implementing and Handling Visual Management

Randy Siever of The Lean Office examines the side effects of visual management and uncovers solutions for how to handle it. Read my key takeaways from the post.


  • There are both positive and negative benefits
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October 5, 2016

Use Six Sigma Tools to Improve Your Business

Max Jacobs, author of Careers For Living, shares the key to making business improvements with the Six Sigma toolbox. See my top takeaways below.


  • Start by defining your business objectives and developing a plan to
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September 28, 2016

Seven Sigma Doesn’t Need To Exist…

Gary Marion, writing for The balance, offers his insights on why Six Sigma is better than the idea of Seven Sigma. Check out my key takeaways from his article below.


  • …because each ‘sigma’ indicates one
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September 21, 2016

How Dropping Annual Reviews Led To A Drop In Performance

Read today’s article from Lydia Dishman of Fast Company Leadership and her insights into the consequences of ditching those dreaded annual reviews. My key points from the article are below.


  • Recently, a number of Fortune
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September 14, 2016

Growing Lean? Are You Improving Your Improvement Approach too?

Check out my key takeaways from Sue Kozlowski’s article on Industry Week about creating a lean system for your organization that is both led internally and mature enough to stand on its own.


  • Becoming a
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September 7, 2016

Six Sigma: Improve Cost, Quality, and Satisfaction

Carolyn Pexton examines six sigma and it’s benefits for iSixSigma; see my summary for key points from her piece.


  • Six Sigma is a great tool to improve quality and throughput, resulting in positive effects on
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August 31, 2016

Are Customer Satisfaction and Retention the Same?

Today, Michael Lowenstein asks the question, “Why, Oh Why, Is ANYBODY Still Measuring Customer Satisfaction?” in a blog post for CustomerThink. See my key takeaways below.


  • Retention is about what keeps a customer coming back
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August 24, 2016

Is The Trust We Place In Online User Reviews Warranted?

Read my insights from Bart de Langhe, Phil Fernbach, and Donald R. Lichtenstein’s article from the Harvard Business Review on online user ratings as a source for product quality information.


  • Consumers are increasingly turning to
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August 17, 2016

How Quality Management Can Integrate Technical and Human Systems

John Hunter, author of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog, discusses the best approach to integrating technical quality and human management systems within your company. See below for my main insights from the article.

  • The ideal
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August 10, 2016

DOWNTIME: What Every Business Wants to Avoid

  • DOWNTIME; a lean six sigma acronym to help avoid eight business wastes that may be costing your company money
  • Though they’re intended for the manufacturing industry, the acronyms can be applied to any service based industry
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August 3, 2016

The Mistruths About Lean

  • Lean is not just for speed, just as Six Sigma is not just for quality improvement
  • Apply Lean effectively as a philosophy; as a change in your management approach, it is not just a tool to
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