How to set improvement goal for Six Sigma Project

This is a general question asked especially when Six Sigma approach is used for Improvement is what is supposed to be my improvement goal for Six Sigma Project. In cases where the project is taken up for Problem Solving, the goal setting is straight forward. In this case the goal is to solve the problem. (or Meet the Requirements) However, it is very tough in case of Improvement Projects. Various methods Read More …

Getting the Ideas from the team and building a solution – Nominal Group Technique (NGT)

The nominal group technique is used to generate ideas from team in Problem identification, solution generation and decision-making. It can be used for teams of any size but ideally limited between 5 to 9 members. This number is ideal to get diversity and easy to find consensus among the team. Nominal group technique is particularly useful when few of the team members are more vocal than others. Generally a facilitator Read More …

Pareto Principle – A tool to focus your efforts on the Vital Few

The Pareto Principle, named after the Italian economist Wilfred Pareto is also called famously as 80-20 rule. As far back in 1906 Pareto observed that 80% of the land in Italy is actually owned by just 20% of the people. Much later, Joseph M. Juran popularized this observation in his book titled “The Quality Control Handbook”, and called this as the law of Vital Few. He observed that you could massively improve Read More …

Risk Management – II – Risk Occurrence and Response

The Picture above depicts typical response needed for the occurrence of Risk at various project stages and impact on the Project Goal. Before getting in to the response needed, few definitions here. Risk – An undesirable situation or circumstance that has both a likelihood of occurring and a potentially negative result. This is typically a likely future event based on various project variables and not yet occurred. The impact is not Read More …

Basic Statistics – III – Introduction to Probability

 Probability is a concept which is simple but powerful if applied correctly. A Very Simple example is that when there is coin tossed up,there are two outcomes possible. HEAD and Tail. If the coin has no bias, both the out comes are equally possible. We say that there is a possibility of 50% (0.5) each. Let us extend this to another commonly used game. If we throw a dice, there Read More …

Basic Statistics – II What is a Variable and What are variable types

Variable is a characteristic, number, or quantity that increases or decreases over time, or takes different values in different situations. The variables are the basic units used in statistics for measuring , collecting and analyzing. Variables can be classified in to different categories depending on the usage at the point of analysis. The different variable types are Dependent and Independent Variable types  An independent Variable can take any value and can be controlled Read More …

Introduction to Configuration Management

Configuration Management and standards Configuration Management gives the identifiably and traceability of a product at various stages of the product life. The requirements specific to configuration management are specified in various standards and Models with minor variations. A Level 2 Process Area for CMMI – Configuration Management (CM) Clause 7.2 of AS 9100 Rev C- Configuration Management Clause 7.5.3 of ISO 9001:2008 – Identification and Traceability A specific standard to Read More …