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4 Agile Don'ts by Ko Ito
2022 Volume 1 Number 12

4 Big Agile Don’ts Learned from TPS

By Ko Ito, PMP, PMI-ACP, DASSM     1. Don’t Be Agile   While Agile methods can trace significant influences back to Lean Manufacturing, which was inspired by the Toyota Production System (TPS), Taiichi Ohno, the father of TPS, says, “Don’t be agile,” in his book, “Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production”. Many people believe

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Lean Six Sigma

Future Trends for Lean Six Sigma

By Harry Rever, MBA, PMP, CSSMBB, CQM, CQC, Director of Six Sigma, IIL  If there is one commonality among businesses in virtually every industry, it is the desire to improve results. Continuous improvement efforts, if successful, result in lower costs, increased sales, and more satisfied customers. Measurable improvement is a ubiquitous goal for any business

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Lean Six Sigma

The Benefits of Becoming a Six Sigma Black Belt

By Harry Rever, MBA, PMP, CSSMBB, CQM, CQC    |   Director of Six Sigma, IIL  Is becoming a certified Six Sigma Black Belt something you should consider? Well, that depends, of course, on what kind of person you are and what you want to do with your career. The SSBB certainly isn’t for everyone. For

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Lean Six Sigma

Applying the DMAIC Steps to Process Improvement Projects

By Harry Rever, MBA, PMP, CSSMBB, CQM, CQC    |   Director of Six Sigma, IIL  “Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control” is the Roadmap to Improving Processes Project managers, in just about any industry, are faced with the challenge of improving the efficiency and productivity of their businesses. To do this, they need to understand

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Lean Six Sigma

The Marketability of Lean Six Sigma

The Marketability of Lean Six Sigma By Anne Foley, MBB, CSSBB, PMPDirector of Lean Six Sigma, IIL I can still remember the first time I heard the term Six Sigma. Our customer invited us to a supplier meeting in the hopes of creating excitement around a new initiative they were implementing. When they announced the

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Lean Six Sigma in healthcare
Lean Six Sigma

Applying a Lean Six Sigma Concept to Healthcare

Applying a Lean Six Sigma Concept to Healthcare By Anne Foley, MBB, CSSBB, PMPDirector of Lean Six Sigma, IIL Let me begin by saying that if you have started a diet in 2016, this story might help you stick to it. I had just filled my plate with goodies at a holiday party when my

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Lean Six Sigma

5 Lean Six Sigma Concepts to Help You Reach Your Goals

5 Lean Six Sigma Concepts to Help You Reach Your Goals By Anne Foley, MBB, CSSBB, PMPDirector of Lean Six Sigma, IIL There is a popular quote that says the definition of insanity is doing the same things the exact same way while expecting the results to change. That is what tends to happen when

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Lean Six Sigma

What is Lean Six Sigma?

What is Lean Six Sigma? By Anne Foley, MBB, CSSBB, PMP Director of Lean Six Sigma, International Institute for Learning Back in 1987 when I was a supplier to Motorola, they asked us to provide them with our key performance metrics in something called a sigma. I had no idea what they were talking about

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Six Sigma Concepts
Lean Six Sigma

Using Lean Six Sigma Concepts for Problem Solving

Using Lean Six Sigma Concepts for Problem Solving By Anne Foley, MBB, CSSBB, PMP Director of Lean Six Sigma, IIL  A high school teacher recently asked his class what a good leader does first when a problem is identified.  Several hands went up and he called on one of the boys.  The student confidently replied,

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