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This 1 thing is the reason why classroom training is so powerful

This 1 thing is the reason why classroom training is so powerful

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Recently at Lean Consulting we’ve developed a new suite of training up to Lean Six Sigma Black Belt level which focuses in on the Service sector application of these methods. During the process of designing this learning and then delivering it I started to think about how the value of shared experience is brought into not just the learning interactions themselves but the day to day development of individuals. I started to think about the question… Read More

Top 3 Reasons Why Improvement Efforts Fail

Top 3 Reasons Why Improvement Efforts Fail

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Why do attempts to ‘improve’ the design of work in our organisations frequently end badly? I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, and there are a set of common factors that always repeat which lead to the predictable failed outcome of change efforts. These things are not sector specific, instead in Manufacturing and in Service sectors these ‘traits’ will inevitably result in failure for the organisation and the individuals involved in process of change. Read More

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How do you manage risk and compliance with Robotics?

By | Compliance, Lean Six Sigma, Robotic Process Automation, RPA | No Comments
One of the hot topics for any implementation of Robotic Process Automation seems to be about risk and compliance.

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.

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Don’t fear Robots – fear not having Robots

By | Continuous Improvement, Lean Six Sigma, Robotic Process Automation, RPA | No Comments
I talk about Robotic Process Automation with a lot of customers – and one common response I find is that people are a little fearful of robotics.

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?

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Lean and innovation aren’t mutually exclusive

Lean and innovation aren’t mutually exclusive

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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.

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Do you even use minitab

Do you even use Minitab..?

By | Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma, Minitab, Tools | 2 Comments

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:

  1. It’s expensive. It currently costs £1,030 for a license.
  2. 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?