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Monday July 16, 2018 at 1:43pm
Robust Critical PathAnalysis using Monte Carlo SimulationDr P.G. Rowe, Senior ConsultantIn project management a PERT (Programme Evaluation and Review Technique) diagramshows which tasks are required to have been completed before others arestarted.A simple example of a PERT diagramfor sourcing and installing a new kitchen is shown below:For each activity we can calculatestart and end-time metrics.We use the following notation andscheme:By identifying process steps withno slack in them (zero float....
Wednesday June 6, 2018 at 3:21pm
Change is inevitable.Unfortunately, so is employee resistance to change. Stuart Smith, MD of BourtonGroup offers some tips for getting staff on side.Many CEOs will tell you thattheir biggest challenge lies not in knowing what the business needs to do butin getting their people to do it. Resistance to change manifests in everyindustry and, the greater the change, the more entrenched the resistance.People feel theyhave much to lose and little togain. Letting go of old ways is difficult for one per....
Wednesday April 25, 2018 at 1:47pm
When we think aboutwaste in environmental and industrial terms, it’s often something that’sphysical. Physical waste can exist in processes, but this is only a very smallpart of it. The key identifying wasteful activity, which we define as “activitythat adds no value to the customer”, is to start looking at waste from adifferent perspective, that of the process customer. The worst and mostinsidious waste is that which we cannot see.So, when youcritically look at ....
Tuesday April 10, 2018 at 2:08pm
How can we take advantage of a ‘Quick Win’ solution, without compromising the rigour of the Six Sigma DMAICT process?IMAGINE you have been asked to fill a bath tub with water. You place the plug in its plughole, turn on the taps and, satisfied you have launched the task, you disappear into the kitchen for a cup of tea. However, on your return to the bathroom to inspect progress, you discover that there is no water in the bath tub!  As you look into the tub you see that the ....
Friday May 27, 2016 at 11:49am
I was pleasantly surprised to read a report from NatWest, ‘FutureFit: the road ahead for UK Manufacturing’ which chimes with many of ourexperiences of working with a range of UK SME’s over the past twenty years.As the Mark Twain quote goes ‘rumours of my death aregrossly exaggerated’ could be applied to UK Manufacturing. As the Mark Twain quote goes ‘rumours of my death aregrossly exaggerated’ could be applied to UK Manufacturing. We have a national....
Thursday May 12, 2016 at 1:55pm
Six Sigma ProcessImprovement in a NutshellSix Sigma ProcessImprovement is a rigorousapproach to improvingbusiness processes by addressing the underlying causes of variation that lead to poor performance as experienced by the ‘customer’, who is the recipientof the outputs.The early exponents were Motorola and GE in the 1980s.Since then, many organisations ranging from manufacturing to servicein all sectors, have successfullydeployed Six Sigma to deliver measurable cost, quality and ti....
Tuesday March 3, 2015 at 11:23am
Aspart of our long-standing relationship with Rolls-Royce in designing, developing anddelivering training for Robust Design we often collaborate to write technicalpapers to articulate our thoughts about certain topics of interest.   Thelatest example of this symbiotic relationship is a co-authored paper thatdiscusses and demonstrates the various issues associated with 'Max MetalMachining', the practice of trying to minimise scrap for high value metalcomponents by operating near to the ....
Tuesday February 3, 2015 at 9:40am
Hereat the Six Sigma Group our experts deliver a lot of Lean Six Sigma training andare often asked the difficult question of what the three things are thatbusinesses should do more of.   We’dlike to share with you the reply we give:  Perform a measurement systems analysis on your key performance indicators (KPI) – this means you can trust the numbers you run the business by.  Just because you get a report from your computer system doesn’t mean it is always r....
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