QUESTION:Why Are The Same Questions Written On The Red And Green Sides Of The Task Board Monitoring Card?
The card is designed to be folded with a front and back side. The card is displayed red until the activity is done. Once the activity is completed, the green is displayed. The questions are quick reference to see what has or has not been completed.
To learn how to use a Task Board Monitoring card, register for Lean Training & Certification.
QUESTION:What Kinds Of Things Could I Do If I Got My Yellow Belt Certification?
Yellow Belt Training by itself allows you to “speak the language” of Lean Six Sigma practitioners.
If you are in an organization, or looking to join one, that is embarking on process improvement you now know the methods and tools they’ll be using. Even if there is no formal effort, you will:
- Know the 8 Wastes when you see them
- Be able to make immediate process improvements by removing things like duplicate steps, non-value adding reviews, approvals or formatting
- Join teams with Green Belts and Black Belts and help them with DMAIC projects
- Run a 5S to organize your own work space
- Help those around you to organize a shared space
Lean Six Sigma encompasses efforts that span across an entire organization or apply to something as small your own desktop. Yellow Belt Certification means you can start small, and start right away!
QUESTION:What 8 Wastes Could Be In A University?
Universities, like any organizations, can have waste. Listed below are some questions to help uncover waste:
For example: Let’s take the waste of waiting and apply it to university processes.
- Where are students waiting? Is the waiting excessive? And, what might the root causes be?
- How long are students waiting to find out if they are in a certain class?
- Are students waiting a long time for exam results?
- How long are students waiting to know if he/she has been accepted into the university?
- How long does it take to get a new course approved?
- How long does it take to create a course catalog and where in the process is there waiting?
- How long are students waiting in lines on campus? (cafeteria? book store? etc.)
Let’s look at the waste of over-processing:
- Which processes might have over-processing? Are there processes that seem lengthy or over-complicated?
- How many forms must be completed for admission?
- How much information is needed on forms? Is all the information necessary? How many approvals are needed?
- How many people touch one piece of paper to get it processed?
- What kind of University administrative processes seem over-complicated and require multiple steps, approvals or touches?
These are all questions to help “see” the waste. Hope that helps!
QUESTION:Do You Have Any Specific Examples On The Application Of Lean Six Sigma To The HR Function?
The advantage of Lean Six Sigma is its application to all industries and processes. HR functions are no exception. We have seen it applied to processes as broad as reducing the overall hiring cycle time at a Fortune 100 company to something tighter in scope like ensuring new employees arrive at orientation with the proper documents. Other key processes for improvement have been reducing application errors, improving interviewing processes, and creating standard work for disciplinary actions.
In fact, when organizations are in the early stages of Lean, applying 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain) is a great place to start. And, HR practices often see tremendous benefit using the Standardize step of 5S. Is there standard work (or consistent and clear steps) for:
- Reviewing applications?
- Gathering requirements from the hiring manager?
The key is selecting the processes that are having the greatest impact on your ability to meet customer expectations and your organization’s goals and objectives.
QUESTION:How Can I Improve My Career Once I Attain A Certificate In Green Belt? I Work In The QA Department Of A Manufacturing Industry.
You’re in a great position to benefit from Green Belt Certification. Taking the course will help you to teach others about “symptoms” vs “root cause.” Often QA is focused on quality measures and immediate solutions to defects, but not always solutions that get at the root causes of defects. The Lean Six Sigma tools and concepts give you the best of both worlds. You get the variation and defect reduction of the Six Sigma world, and the removal of waste and streamlining of the Lean world. When you put these two toolsets together you learn how to truly engage with process participants to solve issues. In the QA world, these are exactly the skills you want on your resume.
This also puts you in a position to mentor others as you help build the problem solving muscles of those around you. Tackling process issues gives everyone a chance to “fix what bugs them.” That’s a satisfying thing to do whether you’re in QA or not.
It’s not a fluke that people who opt to become certified Lean Six Sigma practitioners are often the ones tapped for leadership positions. The habits you form around collaborative problem-solving simultaneously build your influence skills. Those are good life skills for everyone.
I hope that helps, and good luck in your endeavors!
QUESTION:Is A Degree A Requirement To Obtain A Lean Six Sigma Certification?
No. A degree is not required to obtain a Lean Six Sigma certification. Our training is geared towards practical application versus a theoretical or academic approach.
QUESTION:How Can I Apply Six Sigma In The Food Manufacturing Industry?
There are many ways to apply Six Sigma to food manufacturing. As a matter of fact, there are many food manufacturers that apply Lean and/or Six Sigma tools to improve the process, especially fast food industries that manufacturer and deliver food.
With perishable product and large quantities of food being produced and/or delivered, often the goals are around Quality and Speed! Quality can be defined in many ways, but ultimately, reducing variation in the food product in taste and portion size consistency. For SPEED: insuring that fresh, quality food is delivered where it is needed and when it is needed in the best condition possible. There could be opportunities to identify and attack waste.
An example of waste, in this case, could be moving food product unnecessarily causing delays in delivery to customers. Another example is making too much food and having to discard excess inventory.
I hope that helps!
QUESTION:I work in the logistics and warehousing sector. How can I apply the Lean Six Sigma methodologies in order to reduce costs, defects and variations while increasing efficiencies to meet customer requirements?
In any industry, the important thing to do is to start with searching for waste. First understand the The 8 Wastes and then start looking for them. Often the search doesn’t take too long to find waste!
GE Appliances is one organization that has applied Lean Six Sigma within their logistics and warehouse operations across the globe.
Here are some of the opportunities to remove waste that are often seen in logistics and warehousing:
- Inventory: Too much inventory – how long as some of this inventory been at the warehouse? Are we receiving more product than we should? Are we holding on to it too long (aging)? These are all symptoms that waste exists. And because we have too much unnecessary inventory – that creates a lot of other waste! We have to count the inventory, store it, track it, and move it. There are costs associated with all of it!
- Transportation: Too much movement of product (too many touches to get the product in place. It’s moved and moved again unnecessarily for whatever reason)
- Defects: Too much damage occurring to the product (typically because we’re moving it a lot!)
- Motion: How often are workers looking for inventory? Because, the “system” is wrong, or the product is in the wrong place, or the product is not actually there?
Once you discover the waste, then figure out how to reduce it, and start with what’s in your span of control. It’s easy to say everyone else has to improve, but more effective if we start in a place where we can be a catalyst for change.
Hope that helps!
QUESTION:What Types Of Waste Exist In The Banking Sector, Specifically In Fulfillment And Service Departments ?
Banking, like other service industries, has many customer touch points so wastes truly impact effectiveness as much as they impact efficiency.
As a simple example, when customers are attempting to open accounts the actual work that goes into making that happen amounts to minutes, but customers often experience days of delay “waiting for checks to clear.” Banking and other financial services are tasked with balancing customer convenience with protection from fraud. In order to walk that fine line, it’s important to identify the 8 Wastes and then determine how much of each waste can be removed from the process without putting the customer at risk:
- Defects: Wrong or missing information on applications (i.e. lack of voided checks)
- Overproduction: Sending more marketing collateral to customers than they want or need
- Waiting: Time spent waiting for to Operations to process applications
- Non-Utilized Talent: Tellers having to get approvals from Supervisors when the answer is always “yes”
- Transportation: Moving account applications between departments
- Inventory: The buildup of account applications waiting to be entered
- Motion: Clicking between applications especially with legacy software programs
- Extra-Processing: Fields for information or signatures on forms that are no-longer in use
These are just a few examples, but we bet you could name a few more!
QUESTION:Can I Start My Own Green Belt Project Once I’m Certified?
There’s nothing stopping you from initiating a Lean Six Sigma Project at any time. What’s key is choosing the…
- right scope for your time
- and the organization’s needs
Nothing breeds success like success, so start small and get an early win. This will give you practice with the tools and prove to those around you that you’re capable and that DMAIC works.
Start with a project that is scoped within your own job description. What part of your day to day work…
- takes too long to accomplish?
- seems to contain non-value-adding steps?
- doesn’t serve the needs of the customer?
Since you’ve got a vested interest in making your work life more enjoyable and providing more value, the momentum is with YOU!