5 Key Philosophies Behind Lean

Lean is based on the following five principles. Create value. Specify what creates value from the customer’s perspective.  You need to understand what is important to the customer. Value stream. Identify all the value processes along the process chain. This is where Lean looks at reducing the non-value added processes from the work. Value-added activities […]

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The Philosophy Behind Six Sigma

Six Sigma emphasizes the following four points:Know what is important to the customer. Whatever improvement project you are doing, make sure that it is important to your external customers. Any improvement project should be aligned with the customer’s needs, expectations, or satisfaction. (critical to quality)Reduce defects. Six Sigma emphasizes reducing defects to the level of […]

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History of Lean

The concept of lean manufacturing goes back to the year 1900 when Frederick Taylor set up the system of motion study and standardization of work processes. That was the time you could say that the foundation of modern lean was put in place. Later on, in the 1920s — 1930s, Henry Ford used the concept […]

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History of Six Sigma

The concept of Six Sigma was developed in 1987 by Motorola. Six Sigma is basically a packaging of a lot of quality tools. These quality tools were developed much before 1987. One of the tools which form the basis of Six Sigma is the Control Chart. Control Charts were created way back in 1924 by […]

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Benefits of Six Sigma and Lean

Obviously, you can see that benefit of both of these, Six Sigma and Lean is to make the customer happy. Six Sigma generates sustained success. Anything which you have improved in the process is going to give you a repeated benefit. For example, if you reduce the defect rate today, over a number of years […]

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Why does Six Sigma fail?

Failure means inability to achieve the objective which Six Sigma projects were supposed to achieve. Following are some of the reasons for a Six Sigma project to fail. Lack of management support The top reason is the lack of management support. Management lacks the commitment to provide the resources. Six Sigma projects require people from […]

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Management Quotes

Management Quotes by: Adam SmithAbraham MaslowAkio MoritaAlfred SloanAlvin TofflerAlfred ChandlerAnthony RobbinsArindam ChaudhuriAndrew CarnegieAndrew GroveAlfred SloanAlvin TofflerBill GatesC. K. PrahaladCharles HandyChris ArgyrisJack WelchPeter DruckerShiv KheraSumantra GhoshalStephen CoveyTom PetersUnknownVijay GovindarajanWarren BuffetWarren BennisWalter Disney Adam SmithThe real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.~ Adam Smith Adam Smith”The real tragedy of the poor is the […]

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ISO 9001 2008 vs ISO 9001 2015

ISO 9001:2015 was released 23 September 2015. Following are the key changes in this standard from ISO 9001:2008: 1. New Structure The new standard has 10 clauses. ISO is in process of harmonizing all management system standards. For this a harmonized structure (Annex SL) has been developed. Some standards such as ISO 30301:2011 (Information and documentation – Management systems […]

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History of Quality

22 January 1901 Sir John Wolfe-Barry (the man who designed London’s Tower Bridge) instigated the Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers to form a committee to consider standardizing iron and steel sections. 1911 Frederick W. Taylor published “The Principles of Scientific Management.” 1924  Walter A. Shewhart, a statistician at Bell Laboratories, developed the control charts, and principles of […]

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