I started my career in the heyday of Total Quality Management (TQM) in France, beginning of the 1980’s and witnessed over the following years how the TQM trainings and deployments built a quality-aware culture in the companies and spread to everyday’s life. Over time though, other “Japanese Methods” became fashionable and the hype was on … Continue reading Could Six Sigma have more harmed than helped?
In this post, I assume in near future correlation will be more important than causation* for decision-making, decisions will have to be made according to “incomplete, good enough” information rather than solid analyses, thus big data superseding Six Sigma. *See my post “my takeaways from Big data” on this subject In a world with increasing … Continue reading Why Big data may supersede Six Sigma
Beside Lean, Six Sigma counts among the most popular performance improvement approaches. Based (and named) upon statistical data and tools, Six Sigma’s aim is to speak with data and facts. It is the most “scientific” methodology in the Theory of Constraints – Lean – Six Sigma (TLS) trio. Once thought to replace Lean, Six Sigma … Continue reading What is Six Sigma?
TLS stands for Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma. TLS is a synergetic approach using the combination of the three. TLS Introduction to TLS: What is TLS? The Synergy of ToC, Lean and SixSigma Critical Chain and Lean Engineering, a promising pair Theory of Constraints? A good introduction to Theory of Constraints (ToC) is … Continue reading TLS – Theory of Constraints, Lean, Six Sigma
Each methodology has had its doomsayers and skeptical people waiting for the next new fad. So does Six Sigma while still being one of the major methodologies deployed within organizations. The rise of Big Data may be the new and serious threat. In this early month of 2014, this article explores possible scenarios for the … Continue reading Black skies over Six Sigma?
According to its promoters, the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) will bring big changes and re-boost industry in Western Europe with the integration of digital technologies in smart resources and connected objects. Embedded smart technologies will free the future processes from some human weaknesses and limitations, if not from human attendance. With less needs for … Continue reading ToC, Lean, Six Sigma and the fourth industrial revolution
TLS stands for Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma. TLS is meant to be the combination of 2 or all of these…philosophies, approaches, methodologies, you name them. I discovered Lean (but we didn’t call it Lean then) and Theory of Constraints at the same time, when I joined a Yamaha Corp. subsidiary in 1989. … Continue reading What is TLS? The Synergy of ToC, Lean and SixSigma
Is Lean dead? is the provocative title of a podcast hosted by Mark Graban with guest Karen Martin. The question, the podcast description says, is “easy to discuss, but hard to answer”. The reason Karen proposed to discuss this question is because of hearing and reading about “what’s next”, “is it time for something new?” … Continue reading Is Lean dead?
I sincerely believe that experimenting with Lean tools was key to spread Lean awareness, ease the principles and tools acceptance and contribute to the Lean popularity. This was particularly okay in the “tools age”, when Lean was understood as a nice and handy toolbox. Yet limited and non sustainable successes were hints that Lean could … Continue reading Doing wrong things much better
Yes, Lean initiatives can be started bottom-up, but I doubt they’ll get very far and last for long. Here is why. Bottom-up Lean initiatives, e.i. improvements, are opportunities for improvement found by shopfloor people, line leaders or shop management. “Improvement” is most often understood in a broad meaning and bring up suggestions ranging from make … Continue reading The fallacy of bottom-up Lean initiatives – Part 1