One of the frameworks I see in place is to simply extend the existing compliance framework over Robotics. I can see the attraction in this – it’s less effort as you’re not changing the approach to compliance – therefore it shouldn’t ruffle (too many) feathers.
The biggest fear seems to be about people. The human impact of Robotics. This is perfectly understandable – if robots can replace people – what need will companies have for people in the future?
Lately I’ve been reading posts and articles about how Lean and innovation aren’t compatible. I think I understand where this is coming from, but I think this misunderstands the point a little.
Some people are attempting to ‘be lean’ whilst being innovative. Typically, this means they are trying to keep innovation costs down and eliminate waste from the innovation process.
We’d be sitting in a restaurant and I’d wait for the inevitable comment about the curtains or the colour scheme.
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Here are the results of every Customer Satisfaction survey ever.
If you’re thinking of implementing some Customer Surveys, I’m going to save you some time…
We recently redesigned our Black Belt course and we’re pretty pleased with the results and are getting some great feedback from delegates.
One of the major drivers for this work though was to weave MS Excel throughout the course.
If you’ve ever completed a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course then you were probably taught some statistical analysis using a software system called Minitab.
And chances are – especially if you work in service industries – that you’ve never ever used Minitab ever again.
Every time I ask a Black Belt if they use Minitab – the answer is always no. I think there are 2 main reasons for this:
- It’s expensive. It currently costs £1,030 for a license.
- It’s technically excessive for what you need.
I have run 100’s of improvement projects, most with some sort of statistical analysis involved. All of which was more than easily handled by MS Excel. Control charts, paretos, histograms, normal distributions, Design of Experiments – all handled perfectly well by MS Excel.
Granted, Minitab is a superior product. But superior isn’t always better. Kinda like how an articulated lorry is a better transport system than a van, but completely excessive if all you need to transport is a dozen bricks, right?
So what’s the point of learning about a good software package that you’ll never really need and never get the opportunity to use again?
I can’t think of a good answer to that.
Especially since MS Excel has made giant strides in terms of its capability. (Did you know in the 2016 version you can quickly and easily do histograms & box plots?)
So we took the decision to teach all the statistical elements of great Lean Six Sigma Black Belts and illustrated them with MS Excel. Better still, we’ve built templates for everything. You should see our Hypothesis Tester that Jason built – it’s pretty amazing.
What do you think? Are you a devotee of Minitab or do you use MS excel for all your analytical needs?