Body of Knowledge

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    The Manual Pareto Chart

    - by Joseph Paris

    When was the last time you created a Pareto chart manually?  For those of you not familiar with a “Pareto ” chart, it is simply a bar chart that organizes the categories from highest-to-lowest in frequency of occurrence.  Pareto charts are useful when “issues” outnumber the resources available to solve them; obviously, you would want to put the resources on the largest issues first.  (I want to mention here that frequency of occurrence is not necessarily the best way to prioritize issues; a much better method is using a technique called FMEA(Failure Mode Effects & Analysis) where each possible mode of failure is ranked by multiplying its…

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    Histograms – 101: See the Quality…

    - by Steven Bonacorsi

    An important aspect of total quality is the identification and control of all the sources of variation so that processes produce essentially the same result again and again. At a glance, a histogram is a tool that allows you to understand a variation that exists in a process. Although the histogram is essentially a bar chart, it creates a “lumpy distribution curve” that can be used to help identify and eliminate the causes of process variation. Histograms are especially useful in the Measure, Analyze and Control phases of the Lean Six Sigma methodology. What can it do for you? A histogram will show you the…

  • eNewsletters

    2009-May; XONITEK eNewsletter, Operational Excellence by Design

    Operational Excellence by Design – A cross-disciplinary approach in the pursuit of perfection.  XONITEK eNewsletter May 2009 ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS Upcoming Events of Note: May 30 thru June 3rd: Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Annual Conference and Expo Doral Golf Resort and Spa – Miami, FL (USA) Industry managers, top-notch researchers and outstanding educators reveal creative and innovative solutions at the Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference and Expo 2009 – an event open to all involved in process improvement.  The conference includes research presentations from more than 700 individuals representing industry and academia and much, much more.   Click here to register…   About the IIE… June 16th & 17th: Association for Corporate…

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    Absinthe, the “Green Fairy”, and Operational Excellence

    - by Joseph Paris

    XONITEK-US and XONITEK-UK recently hosted an Operational Excellence Summit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  If you have ever been to Amsterdam, you will know there are distinct cultural differences which are quite obvious if you are from New York – even from a pre-Giuliani New York. From each place I visit, I’ve always liked to acquire artifacts which are unique to the culture and display them in my office.  One artifact I consistently collect is a bottle of the local “rot-gut ”.  For instance, I have a bottle of “Mompoer” and some “Tot-Packs ” from South Africa; a bottle of “Grappa…

  • Podcasts

    Podcast: KANO in the Ready Room

    The boys go INTERNET ONLY on this show where we talk about customer satisfaction and the KANO Model. We will kick around TWSEAS and Combat Town, as well. CALL-INs WELCOME!! Click here to listen.   From Business Battlefield: The Ready Room with Boom and Grunt Business LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK, COMMUNICATION and EXECUTION: from the perspective of Marine Fighter Pilots

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    Podcast: DEBRIEF: The SILVER BULLET

    Boom, PLinc and Google debrief the past four weeks of the ENTREPRENEUR Series. Also- HUMVEE is really HMMWV. Did you know that? Click here to listen.   From Business Battlefield: The Ready Room with Boom and Grunt Business LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK, COMMUNICATION and EXECUTION: from the perspective of Marine Fighter Pilots

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