Why are KPIs important in Lean Six Sigma?

What happens when companies have the wrong targets (or KPIs) or worse, no targets?   My team and I am are invited into many companies to help “revive” Lean and/or Six Sigma. It’s easy to see where these companies have failed to sustain past continuous improvement...

Why Do We Need a Lean Six Sigma Project Hopper?

Why do we need a Lean Six Sigma Project Hopper? We (the Management) already know what the problems are! Let me ask you a question … Who is going to make more of an impact identifying problems to improve and increase the company’s bottom line? The Leadership (who know...

Why Lean Six Sigma Deployments Crash & Burn!

Why Lean Six Sigma Deployments Fail!   When I was 18, I bought a 1967 Ford Mustang with a 302 Motor. The motor needed to be rebuilt which was an expensive problem for an 18-year-old. I thought to myself “how hard can it be? It’s just metal parts and gaskets.” I...

When the Green Belt becomes Leadership’s New Toy

When the Green Belt becomes Leadership’s New Toy I remember when I was a kid getting a cool new toy for Christmas. It was called a Big Trak, a robot that looked like a lunar vehicle. Everyone had a Big Trak! I was excited to rip open the packaging and play with it. It...

It is a Myth that CI’s Role is to Improve Processes!

It is a Myth that CI’s Role is to Improve Processes! One of the worst ways a company can fail in their Continuous Improvement Efforts is to promote the Myth that “CI’s role is to Improve Processes.”I hope I got your attention with that statement.First let me define...

When You Expect the Plumber to Build your House

Expecting the New Green / Black Belt to Deploy Lean Six Sigma in your Organization is like Expecting the Plumber to Build your House If you were building a house, would you ask your plumber to build it? In most cases, the answer would be “no” (unless he is...