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QuikSigma: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Part 4

March 15, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

We continue from Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 with Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Part 4. In this lesson, we go over how to use the FMEA tool to analyze the important variables carried forward from the Cause and Effect Matrix using QuikSigma.     Transcription: Let’s turn our attention a little farther […]

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QuikSigma: Design of Experiments Part 5

March 14, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

We continue our discussion with Design of Experiments part 5 in QuikSigma. In this video, we learn how to extract more useful information from a designed experiment at very little additional cost using multiple output variables. Check out the beginning of our series here.     Transcription: A lot of the expense and difficulty of […]

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QuikSigma: Pareto Charts for Six Sigma Projects

March 13, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Pareto charts for Six Sigma projects are great tools to help you isolate problems within your company. In the video below, we go over how to use Pareto Charts to find where, when, and by whom defects are created. QuikSigma features patented multivariate Pareto Charts which greatly expand the insight this tool provides.     […]

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Six Sigma Certification

March 12, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Have you thought about getting a Six Sigma Certification for yourself or for the Managers in your company? A Six Sigma program is a great idea to advance your career and find inefficiencies in your processes to help you obtain higher profits. You can contact us about a Six Sigma project by clicking here!   […]

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Can I Learn Six Sigma On My Own and Get Certified?

March 11, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

I found a question online that asked, “Can I learn six sigma on my own and get certified on my own?”   Yes, of course you can!  But be careful which path you choose.  First, a few words about how to do it on your own, then a warning about errors to avoid. As an […]

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QuikSigma: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Part 3

March 10, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

We continue our lessons from part 1 and part 2 with Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Part 3 to learn how to use the FMEA tool to analyze the important variables carried forward from the Cause and Effect matrix, using QuikSigma.     Transcription: We’ve identified cook’s skill and recipe as being important variables. We’ve […]

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Six Sigma Power and Sample Size

March 9, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Today we discuss Six Sigma power and sample size so that you can intelligently trade risk, sample size, and smallest detectable difference. Watch the video below to learn more. Have any questions? Please leave a comment below!     Transcription: Here in the tool box you’ll find power and sample size tool and you’ll use […]

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QuikSigma: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Part 2

March 8, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

We continue our lesson with Six Sigma’s Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Part 2 from our earlier post in part 1.  Watch the video below to learn how to us the FMEA tool to analyze input variables carried forward from the Cause and Effect matrix using QuikSigma.     Transcription: Now we’re going to take the […]

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QuikSigma Design of Experiments Part 4

March 7, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

We continue our lessons from Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 on Six Sigma Design of Experiments with QuikSigma Design of Experiments Part 4. Have any questions? Let us know in the comment section below!     Transcription: To do a complete analysis of the data, the rule is that we work our way […]

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What is Kaizen?

March 6, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In the Lean and Toyota Production System, the word Kaizen is thrown around a lot. But what is Kaizen? Kaizen is the process of gradual, continual imrovement in company processes. Watch the video below to learn more!     Transcription: In Lean or Toyota Production System, Kaizen means improvement usually in small steps. The Japanese word […]

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QuikSigma: Six Sigma Basic Statistics Part 1

March 5, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Six Sigma is based on statistics to help you make sense of all the data that you collect when completing your Six Sigma project. Today, we go over some Six Sigma basic statistics in QuikSigma to better help you make sense of everything.     Transcription: In this session, will learn to use the descriptive statistics […]

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QuikSigma Design of Experiments Part 3

March 4, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this lesson, we continue our example of Part 1, and Part 2 of QuikSigma Design of Experiments Part 3. This will greatly increase the efficiency of your Six Sigma projects. Have any questions? Leave them below and we’ll get back to you!     Transcription: So here we are, back at the simulator, to […]

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QuikSigma Six Sigma Project Charter Part 6

March 3, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

We finish our series with learning how to fill out a project charter in Six Sigma Project Charter Part 6. In this video, we discuss filling out the financial portion of your Six Sigma project. You can go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 to view our other lessons on Six Sigma […]

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Six Sigma: How Lean/TPS Pull Systems Work

March 2, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Manufacturing pull systems minimize inventory, improve flexibility, and reduce errors. This video shows why you might be interested in pull systems, and it shows an example of one of our clients learning how to use a pull system. Learn more about how lean/TPS pull systems work in the video below. Have any questions? Leave a […]

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ISO 9000 Six Sigma Examples: Two Simple Ways to Meet Requirements

March 1, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Here are some ISO 9000 Six Sigma examples of how two simple tools can be used to meet some of the requirements of ISO9004 and ISO9001. If you’re trying to build a better organization, the ISO9000 family of standards contains a wealth of useful information about organizing and structuring your processes. ISO9004 is a broad […]

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QuikSigma: Six Sigma Project Charter Part 5

February 28, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

We continue with learning how to fill out a project charter in Six Sigma Project Charter Part 5. In this video, we discuss defining your project scope and key metrics of your Six Sigma project. You can go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4, to view our other lessons on Six […]

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QuikSigma: Process Capability for Six Sigma Projects

February 27, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this video, we discuss how to set up and interpret a Process Capability for Six Sigma projects using QuikSigma. Have any questions? Please leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you.     Transcription: The basic idea a capability study with interval or ratio data is fairly simple and that this, we […]

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Six Sigma: Turning COPQ into Expansion Capital (Cost of Poor Quality)

February 26, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Have you ever wondered how you can increase growth in your business to increase profits and business valuation? Today we go over turning COPQ into expansion capital and how you can manage it to accelerate your companies growth using QuikSigma.     Transcription: I’m Denton Bramwell, President of Promontory Management Group, PMG. We’re providers of QuikSigma, […]

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Six Sigma: QuikSigma Process Behavior and Control Chart

February 25, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this lesson, we go over a brief history and overview of the Process Behavior and Control Chart in QuikSigma. Have any questions? Leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you!     Transcription: Control charts, or as we often call them process behavior charts, were invented by a fellow by the name […]

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Quiksigma: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Part 1

February 24, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Today, we learn about Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Part 1 using the QuikSigma software. The FMEA helps you study the important variables from the Cause and Effect Matrix in detail, and to formulate your Action Plan. What are your thoughts on today’s lesson? Comment below.     Transcription: Ok, just to review, after we did […]

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QuikSigma: Six Sigma Project Charter Part 4

February 23, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

We continue our lesson’s on creating an effective Project Charter in Six Sigma with Six Sigma Project Charter Part 4.  Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, are available for you view if you’d like a quick refresher on what we’ve covered so far.     Transcription: Every project should have a smart objective. Smart […]

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QuikSigma: Six Sigma Project Charter Part 3

February 22, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

We continue our video series on Project Charters in Six Sigma with Six Sigma Project Charter Part 3 in QuikSigma. Part 1 and Part 2 were introductions to today’s video. Leave any comments below with your thoughts on the project charter!     Transcription: In most of Six Sigma, we’re very concerned about doing things […]

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QuikSigma: Six Sigma Project Charter Part 2

February 21, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this video, we continue with Six Sigma Project Charter Part 2. We create this charter using our very own QuikSigma, which helps with completing Six Sigma projects quickly and effectively. You can see Part 1 here.     Transcript: The sign-off function is very easy to use after you’ve agreed on your project and […]

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QuikScreen, Part 2 (Plackett-Burman)

February 20, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In today’s lesson, we continue with our lesson on with QuikScreen Part 2 in QuikSigma. You can watch QuikScreen, Part 1 here.     Transcription: Okay, let’s work through an example. In this case, I have some data built-in. So let me go get that. So I put all seven of my variables in their […]

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QuikSigma: Design of Experiments, Part 2

February 19, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Today we go over Design of Experiments Part 2 in QuikSigma. Click here to go to Part 1.     Transcription: Designed experiments are found here, under the Quik DOE link in the improve phase. When you click on that, you’ll get a page that looks like this. You’ll find a number of different designed […]

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QuikSigma: Process Sigma Level Calculator

February 18, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In today’s lesson, we go over a very powerful tool in QuikSigma, the Process Sigma Level Calculator. Get your QuikSigma license here.   Transcription: In your project charter you stipulated a baseline condition as part of your key metric. Under the measure phase you’ll expand that in one or more of the three tools that are […]

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QuikSigma: The Best Six Sigma Software for Your Projects

February 17, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Let’s have a discussion of  Six Sigma support software, including QuikSigma, spreadsheets, spreadsheet add-ins, and MINITAB. This includes a free download of the best Six Sigma software for your projects, QuikSigma, and 30-day demo license. You can get yours here.     Transcription: With persistence and the wrong tool, it is sometimes possible to get […]

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QuikSigma: Gauge Repeatability and Reproducibility, Part 2

February 16, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

We continue our lesson from Part 1 in Gauge Repeatability and Reproducibility  by diving right back in to how to evaluate a measurement system using the G R&R tool in QuikSigma.     Transcription: I’ve loaded some data for us to analyze. These ratings here are our output variable and these are on a scale […]

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QuikSigma: Six Sigma Control Plan

February 15, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In the video below, we learn how to complete a Six Sigma control plan in QuikSigma, the vital capstone on a Six Sigma project.     Transcription: The Six Sigma control plan is one of the easiest steps of the process to do and also one of the most critical to have in place. Your […]

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QuikSigma Measurement System Analysis: Kappa

February 14, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

The kappa tool is used to evaluate measurement systems that place items in categories, such as pass/fail. Below you’ll learn how to use them for your own projects.     Transcription: Under measurement systems analysis, we have different tools for different occasions. So let’s take a look at what we’ve got here. In measurement systems […]

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Six Sigma: X Bar and R Charts

February 13, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

X Bar and R charts are probably the most powerful control/process behavior charts available. In the video below we help explain how you can use them for your own Six Sigma projects.     Transcription: The original control chart, invented by Walter Shewhart, was the X bar and R chart and that depends on what […]

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Six Sigma: Tests of Equal Variance

February 12, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In the video below, we go over tests of equal variance and how they can be used to help you with your Six Sigma project.     Transcription: By now you’re very familiar with these two vertical bars. We use them to test assumptions when we’re doing ANOVA or when we’re doing 2 to the […]

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Six Sigma Project Example: Health Care Incident Reports

February 11, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

This is the final report from an actual Six Sigma project example that improved the processing of incident reports.  The organization provides behavioral health services in three locations.  Incident reports are required by state law, and for accreditation purposes.  The old system was averaging 120 days to process reports, mostly because of a few outliers. […]

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QuikSigma Tutorial: Process Map, C&E Matrix, and FMEA in Concert

February 10, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In the video below, we provide a quick QuikSigma tutorial to learn how the QuikSigma Process Map, Cause and Effect Matrix, and FMEA tools work in concert to provide the logical backbone of a Six Sigma project.     Transcription: There’s a set of non mathematical tools that form the logical backbone of a project. You […]

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Six Sigma: Statistical Tolerancing

February 9, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this quick lesson, we go over Six Sigma statistical tolerancing and how to easily do this using QuikSigma. Have any questions? Please leave a comment below!     Transcription: The basic idea of statistical tolerancing is to put items, such as these yellow boxes, inside an envelope such as this red outline here. Now, […]

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QuikSigma: Gauge Repeatability and Reproducibility, Part 1

February 8, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Today, we go over how to evaluate a measurement system using the Gauge Repeatability and Reproducibility tool in QuikSigma.     Transcript: Early in the project, early in the measure phase, you should always verify that your measurement systems are working. You would probably be amazed if you knew how many projects we had seen where […]

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Six Sigma: QuikSigma Cause and Effect Matrix

February 7, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this lesson, we go over the QuikSigma Cause and Effect Matrix and how you can work with your team to move your Six Sigma project forward.     Transcript: One of the primary things that we did in the process map was to collect a catalog of all the input variables that might influence […]

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Six Sigma Project Charter, Part 1

February 6, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

Creating a charter for a Six Sigma project may seem inconsequential, but its a very important step to getting the project off to the right start. Watch the video below to learn how to do your own Six Sigma project charter.   Get your copy of QuikSigma by clicking here Transcription: In this video, we’re going […]

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Six Sigma: How to use QuikSigma’s QuikScreen, Part 1 (Placket-Burman)

February 5, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this quick lesson, we discuss how to use QuikSigma‘s QuikScreen feature to better help you with your Design of Experiments. Have any questions about your own projects? Let us know below in the comments!     Transcript: One very interesting and useful form of designed experiments is found here in QuikScreen. You’ll find that […]

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Six Sigma: QuikSigma Design of Experiments, Part 1

February 4, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this lesson, we discuss Design of Experiments, or DOE, which allows you to simultaneously test the effects of multiple input variables on output variables. QuikSigma makes the investigation simple.     Transcription:   We’re back to the simulator to start to learn about one particular kind of designed experiment. This is the 2 to […]

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Six Sigma Tool Example: I-MR Charts (Individual and Moving Range)

February 3, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this lesson, we go over I-MR charts and what are the advantages in using them over other methods in Six Sigma. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you!     Transcription:   Individuals and moving range, or I-MR charts, are among the most […]

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Transforming Data in Six Sigma using QuikSigma

February 2, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this video, we take a look at transforming data using the QuikSigma software to get effective results within your Six Sigma projects. Get your copy of the software here.     Transcript: Fairly often, we’ll deal with data that are not normally distributed. A very common example is waiting times, in lines at banks, […]

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Sample Six Sigma Green Belt Project Ideas

February 1, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this post, we go over some sample green belt project ideas to help you figure out what you can do within your own company. To get certified as a Sigma Sigma Green Belt, go to our store here. Have any great Six Sigma Green Belt project ideas of your own? Comment down below and […]

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Six Sigma: P Charts and Capability

January 31, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this lesson, we discuss using p charts and capability to help you with your Six Sigma workflow. You can get your p chart and capability resources here. If you have any questions about how to use p charts, or any other Six Sigma questions, please leave a comment below!     Transcription What we’re […]

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Six Sigma: Central Composite Designed Experiments

January 30, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this lesson, we go through Central Composite Designed Experiments, and what to do if your designed experiment exhibits curvature. If you have any questions, or would like help on your own central composite designed experiments, leave a comment below! Transcription When we design a 2^K factorial experiment, we have the option of adding center […]

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QuikSigma: Complete Six Sigma Project Example 2

January 29, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this post, we go over another complete Six Sigma project example to help you understand how to use our patented state of the art QuikSigma program to help you solve the big problems plaguing your business. You can purchase your QuikSigma licence here. If you have any questions about this video tutorial, or specific questions […]

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Six Sigma: Root Cause Analysis Examples

January 28, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In this lesson we go over a couple Six Sigma Root Cause Analysis Examples and how you can use them in your daily, and business life. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. We’d be happy to help!   Get Your Root Cause Analysis Resources By Clicking Here! Transcription: Here are some […]

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Six Sigma Complete Project Example

January 27, 2017 by Denton Bramwell

In the following example, we go over a welding defect issue with our example company, and figure out how to solve the problem using Six Sigma. If you have any questions about this Six Sigma Complete Project Example, please leave a comment below! Transcription: At its core, six sigma is really fairly simple some people […]

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US Mint Black Belt Wave

October 29, 2016 by Denton Bramwell

We just finished hosting a great group of Black Belts from the US Mint.  They are a very sharp group, and we’re sure they will finish outstanding projects. It turned out that the price of hotels and such made meeting in Ogden UT, near the PMG offices, was one of the lower cost alternatives.  When […]

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An Update

September 23, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

If things go as planned, this blog is about to be a happenin’ place. We’ve complete re-done our web presence, and are integrating the blog with our web site.  The web site has a place for people to ask us questions, and the ones that have general interest will be answered here. Some of the […]

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Engagement

July 15, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

No, not the kind that leads to marriage.  The kind that means people are engaged in what they are doing. HBR recently published an article that claims that companies with highly engaged employees are 22% more productive than those with lower engagement.  The article also claims that highly engaged companies make fewer defects, have lower […]

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Six Sigma Software

July 2, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

Here’s a new video, discussing various Six Sigma software tools including QuikSigma, spreadsheets, spreadsheet add-ins, and Minitab. You can learn more about QuikSigma software at our web page.

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Creating a Successful Six Sigma Program

June 21, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of renewing contact with a client that sent a few Green Belts to training several years ago.  That’s all they spent on the program. We coached all to successful completion, and since then, they’ve saved millions of dollars. In this case, there was a key person in […]

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How Long Does a Six Sigma Project Take?

June 16, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

The best time that I know of was 24 hours, with savings of $3.6 million.  That’s a complete project, with all the usual steps.  To be fair, that was done by an experienced Master Black Belt, not someone doing their first project.

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Difference Between Green Belt and Black Belt

June 11, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

We’re sometimes asked, “What is the difference between Green Belt and Black Belt projects?”. The answer boils down to the type of tools necessary to solve the problem at hand. Most real-world problems can be solved with fairly simple tools.  If you can find the process’s input variables, prioritize them, study the important ones, take […]

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Health Care Green Belt Project

June 6, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

We’ve just wound up Advanced Green Belt training for a group in the health care industry.  Already, we have a project ready for certification. The facility was taking much too long to complete incident reports, and Whitney reduced the median time by a bit more than 10X. Good job

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Difference Between a Project Program and a Training Program

May 30, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

Don’t get me wrong:  Good training in Six Sigma is a good thing.  But if you structure a corporate program as a training program rather than a projects program, you leave a lot of money on the table. A Six Sigma program structured around projects measures itself by the number and quality of projects completed. […]

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Normality is Overrated

May 23, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

People are often overly concerned about having normally distributed data.  There are a few cases where having normally distributed data is important.  There are many more cases where distribution does not matter very much.  It’s usually much more important that the data are drawn from a stable and predictable (same as homogeneous, or in control) […]

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Dr. Don Wheeler in the Quality Digest

May 19, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

Dr. Don Wheeler has another excellent article posted at Quality Digest, explaining how to use I-MR (he calls them XmR) charts to evaluate the precision and bias of a measurement system.  You can read his treatise here. There are several tools for evaluating measurement systems, including Gage R&R and Intraclass Correlation Coefficient.  None are quite […]

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Six Sigma Project Example

May 14, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

Sometimes the simplicity of Six Sigma gets buried in the complexity of the tools.  Here’s an uncluttered video that shows how a typical Six Sigma project might unfold. Of course, it’s all a lot easier with the QuikSigma software, which you can get here.

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Using Individuals and Moving Range Charts to Fact-Check the News

May 14, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

One of the strengths of I-MR charts is that they put data in context.  Here’s an interesting example where a major news outlet failed to view data in context, and ended up publishing an article with exactly the wrong conclusion.  

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Six Sigma Tool Example: Individuals and Moving Range Charts

May 14, 2014 by Denton Bramwell

Individuals and Moving Range (I-MR) charts are one of the most insightful tools you can learn. Here is a short 4 minute video that shows some of their uses, and also shows some of the errors that are commonly taught.  It’s best viewed at 720p resolution.

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