An Accelerated Approach to Process Improvement

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Share this Post There has been an ongoing dialogue regarding the contemporary approaches to process improvement and the time it takes for that activity (improvement teams) to show results and impact. We at Juran have developed some solutions to mitigate those concerns in the form of Rapid Improvement Teams. Why are they good for you? They are Rapid! Projects are …

Angling for a Raise? 3 Reasons Certification Programs Can Get You There

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With today’s workforce becoming increasingly educated and hiring practices feeling ever-more competitive, you might be searching for ways to help yourself stand out and maybe even move up the ladder. At Juran, we believe that creating a workplace culture of continuous learning is the best move a leader can make to ensure continuous organizational success, and in our 60 years …

Learn These Root Cause Analysis Steps to Improve Your Problem Solving

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Effective root cause analysis is the heart of any problem solving method such as Six Sigma, Lean, Root Cause Corrective Action and Plan, Do, Check, Act. It is an essential step for identifying critical components of chronic issues, sometimes inside involved projects spanning a few months. It is also the key to daily analysis of sporadic changes in process and …

How to become a Lean Six Sigma Expert

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Your organization is probably experiencing the same challenges that most of the ones I have engaged with have. They have a hard time choosing between simple Root Cause Analysis and using the Six Sigma methodology. Although the application of the Six Sigma methodology doesn’t have to be rigid, formal and complicated, it was designed for more complex problems than basic …

How to Bring your Kaizen Team to The Top

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Inevitably most, if not all, Kaizen or Rapid Improvement Teams encounter problems along the way as they transform identified current state conditions into new and improved future state conditions. Typically this occurs once the current state value stream map is completed and analysis of the information begins. The problems can be an array of issues such as: poor frequency and …

Improvement Projects ROI: Too Little, Too Late

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Lackluster financial results from improvement projects? Smaller than expected ROI (return on investment)? Do not be alarmed, there are solutions to these problems. With a little boost your organization can achieve great results. Last week’s blog on the Juran JUMP program attempted to bring to light the slowness of some improvement programs and methods. In this week’s blog I will …

How the project by project approach transformed a hospital system

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A look at what Sinai Hospital System’s Loren Chandler had to say about their transformation… If you tuned in with us at the end of March then you were lucky enough to get a transparent view of a hospital system’s transformation to better quality. Like Dr. Juran said, he has never seen a successful transformation without the top management being …

The Five Phases of a Transformation Roadmap and the Roadblocks

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Leadership teams, especially new ones, typically have a vision to create change (like a culture change or some other new way of thinking) but no plan on how to get there that extends further than three or four months. Many of them say, “We’ll see how it goes and then adjust and/or decide on where to go from there”. What …

Why companies with a quality culture don’t suffer from eroding margins

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“Too many companies only focus on top-line growth. Savvy business owners know that often the easiest path to grow their profits is to focus on their margins.”- Inc Magazine, 2017. How many times have you heard your leadership scream, “Our margins are declining and we need to do something!” Probably every quarter, if not every day! This is the mantra …

4 Critical Success Factors For Any Quality Culture

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Over the last five years, I have traveled to 30 different countries to assess and observe companies to help them understand where they need to improve and how to close those gaps. One area that was a top priority for those companies was to measure their culture. This was a difficult thing to do because there aren’t specific things one …