Is the Lack of Lean Six Sigma Accreditation a Vacuum Worth Filling?

Is the Lack of Lean Six Sigma Accreditation a Vacuum Worth Filling?

Awhile back in a meeting with several colleagues – Master Black Belts, Black Belts and Green Belts – someone asked the question: “How credible are our accreditations of Lean Six Sigma?”This is a very good question. I ran my own business for 13 years and remember the struggle of traditional project Management several years ago….

Barrier of Complacency to Competitive Advantage

To remain competitive in the market requires management to take an active role in recognizing and acknowledging that the business environment is changing daily.  As Sullivan and Harper (1996) explain, “Today, we face fundamental shifts in technology, markets, human resource development, global distribution, information management, government intervention, and other critical dimensions of the strategic environments in…

Take Responsibility for Two Worlds by Charles E. Smith Ph.D.

Six Sigma and other significant development projects too often do not fulfill their promise. In business, the public sector, academic and military sectors, failure and missed expectations plague innovation projects, technology implementations and other programs.  In a recent Innovation Conference in Shanghai, a global corporate executive discussed broadly-based research which showed that 90 percent of companies did…

The Case for New Leadership Skills for the Lean Six Sigma Practitioner by Patricia V. Tyre

While it may be sad to see them go, the days of top down driven Lean Six Sigma or Operational Excellence efforts are long gone. Fading from memory are those leaders of the methodology – Bossidy, Welch, Hammer and Champy, wielding recommendations of “cascading the commitment” to the cause of Quality. Our existing leadership just doesn’t have…

Lean Leadership – The Invisible Force by Thomas Thorsted & Peter Knorst

Lean Leadership – The Invisible Force by Thomas Thorsted & Peter Knorst

”We started our Lean journey at Ford Motor Company in 1983. Inspired and impressed by the success in gaining market share achieved by the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota we went to Japan to study their means and methods, and we came back with the right recipe. With this is at hand we implemented all the good things we have…