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Project Roadmap

Blog posts and articles about keeping quality projects on track with a defined Project Roadmap.

This week I'm at the American Society for Quality's World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Nashville, TN. The ASQ conference is a great opportunity to see how quality professionals are tackling problems in every industry, from beverage distribution to banking services.  Given my statistical bent, I like to see how companies apply tools like ANOVA, regression, and especially... Continue Reading
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ken Jones, professor of operations and supply chain management at Indiana State University, about a business process improvement course he teaches at the university. The course covers a variety of Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques and gives students the opportunity to team with local businesses to complete real quality improvement projects. Upon... Continue Reading

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by Alex Orlov, guest blogger While it has been called the "million-dollar methodology" for the significant investment sometimes required to deliver results, Six Sigma has a wealth of practices that can be adapted to small and medium industries, home businesses and even personal finances.  Organizations have used Six Sigma as a reliable part of the quality improvement process since 1986. And while a... Continue Reading
After you’ve done the work to analyze your data in statistical software such as Minitab, it’s likely that you’ll want to organize your output and results into a presentation for colleagues or clients. You want your presentation to look great, so check out these tips below for ensuring your graphs look as good in your presentations as they look in the software: 1. Sizing Minitab Graphs for Presentatio... Continue Reading
I’m relatively new to the world of quality improvement and the various terms and acronyms that are often thrown about in writing and conversation. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with jargon like LSS, GR&R, MSA, MBB, SIPOC, FMEA, kaizen, kanban, poka yoke, and others flying around when you’re starting a project. Define Your Problem First If you’re new to the discipline, I’ve found that it helps... Continue Reading
Every so often I get to interview someone who applies quality methodology in ways I wouldn't have imagined before I began working at Minitab. For instance, I spoke with the quality manager for a world-renowned medical center not long ago. This facility is consistently included in U.S. News and World Report's list of America’s Best Hospitals, but even the best hospitals occasionally have “sentinel ... Continue Reading
When I first started learning about Lean Six Sigma and familiarizing myself with all the different terminology and methodologies, I was a little overwhelmed and confused by all the acronyms. FMEA, C&E Matrix, Gage R&R, SIPOC, DMAIC…the list goes on and on! However, I really got tripped up by the similar-sounding acronyms of DMAIC, DMADV, and DFSS. These acronyms stand for the most common Lean Six... Continue Reading
I’ve had the opportunity to talk to several quality improvement professionals from companies across many different industries, and I’ve heard about the common challenges practitioners face when they’re completing quality improvement projects. Here's a brief summary:Where do I start?A challenge faced by quality practitioners, especially newer Green Belts, is the breadth of available quality tools... Continue Reading