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May 14, 2019

Is your organisation living Lean Values?

For many years now we have been supplied with a rich volume of literature, much of it originating in the United States, on lean practices and principles as exemplified by the Toyota organisation. From ‘Lean…

April 11, 2019

Examination Tips

Six Sigma Certification is important for those aspiring to advance their career in the quality management sector and who want to implement Six Sigma Methodologies in their organisation to make the projects successful. However the most daunting…

March 6, 2019

The Continuous Improvement Funding Menu

Time and again when visiting prospective clients, we hear the refrain “We’re too busy at the moment to start a lean programme” or, just as likely “It’s not in this year’s training budget”. These responses…

January 29, 2019

The role of the contract Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Black Belt The Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (BB) is a professional who is well versed in the Lean Six Sigma methodology, who leads improvement projects, typically in a full-time role. A Lean Six…

January 16, 2019

Measure up or pay up!

History is littered with examples of bad decisions, made on bad measurement data, and their very expensive consequences. In 1999, NASA lost the Mars Orbiter, which was designed to study the Martian climate & atmosphere. It…

September 30, 2018

Innovation Nation – How Ireland is rocking the Innovation vibe

The Star Trek transporter is my favourite invention of the future. What’s yours? Long renowned for our novelists and poets, Ireland ranks high in the nations of the world in terms of literary innovation. When…

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January 13, 2020

Small Changes, Big Difference

Once more the people at Fastcap are showing us how to foster operator-led lean improvements.  Experience 2-second Lean like you’ve never seen before. Lukas explains to Paul Akers how he shaved the process of making…

January 6, 2020

Tech tip: Hypothesis Testing

Does all that stuff about the null hypothesis and significance levels leave you cold? This dinky little video from the Khan Academy might just be the enlightenment you are seeking. 

January 6, 2020

Discovering Shingo

The 2017 book, Discover Excellence: An Overview of the Shingo Model and Its Guiding Principles, provides an introduction to the Shingo Model and prepares the reader for a deeper dive into the Shingo Guiding Principles. Readers will learn the…

December 20, 2019

Using Lean Six Sigma To Reduce Emergency Waiting Times

The lean six sigma approach to improving customer service and reducing variation can apply equally to manufacturing processes (e.g. in automotive and chemical plants), service process (e.g. in finance and insurance corporations) and healthcare processes…