The Crossroads - Lean Six Sigma and Design Thinking
By  Alvin Villegas|Jun 20, 2017|

I’d been fascinated by how business process improvement and operational excellence methodologies have evolved over the years. In the scholarly / academic space the discourse about this evolution is called Management Fashion / Fad which started as early as the industrial revolution of the 19th century. It evolved because of the changing industrial landscape, and, transitioned from the manufacturing sector to the services sector. Take the case of Total Quality Management (TQM) which started...
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Boost Your Productivity at Work
By  Arnold Cesar A. Abaya|Jun 14, 2017|

At the end of a work day, do you feel you've done the things you need to do or do you feel you could have done more? Do you feel the tasks you're doing are even important at all? Does it feel like you have wasted another day at work? Let me share two simple "productivity hacks" that can guides us in our day-to-day work and leave us a feeling of satisfaction at the end of each day.
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Einstein on Problem Solving
By  Arnold Cesar Abaya|Mar 27, 2017|

Firefighting is always a quick and dirty way of placing solutions on problems. Most often problems recur. In the end results to higher operational costs and more and more time is lost on fighting fires depriving organization's resources that should be instead used in strategic actions. Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientist had dealt with complex and difficult problems. Here are a few of his quotes to help teams to effectively solve problems.
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My X’s and the Y : Y=f(xi)
By  Arnold Cesar Abaya|Mar 23, 2017|

Six Sigma projects to an inexperienced belter can be daunting. An excellent way of overcoming this is to always keep the concept of Y=(Xi) in mind when applying the specific tools along the DMAIC phases.
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Significant X's
By  Alvin Villegas|Jan 03, 2017|

The old adage goes: "A problem that is well stated is a problem half-solved" (Charles Kettering). The other half? It is hinged on the ability of problem solving teams or continuous improvement advocates to determine what are the factors influencing a well-defined problem statement. The filtering process of these factors is very challenging, a miss in the determination process could spell the outcome of the problem solution (s).
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7 Reasons Why Your Brainstorming Session Will Fail
By  Jodl Gayatin|Nov 07, 2016|

While conducting a brainstorming session might appear to be a simple activity, it requires proper planning and execution by the facilitator (i.e. you as the Six Sigma practitioner). Get the most out of a brainstorming session by avoiding these 7 common pitfalls.
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Implementing a Successful Continuous Improvement Program
By  Arnold Cesar Abaya|Nov 04, 2016|

Continuous Improvement Programs such as Six Sigma, TPM, TQM and so on were adopted by many manufacturing companies in the 90's to be more competitive and to elevate their factories to "world-class" status. Despite having Continuous Improvement Programs open to all industries, yet still majority have failed. There are 5 key factors that can help make your CIP's a successful
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Pursuit of Continuous Improvement in Healthcare
By  Alvin Villegas|Mar 12, 2016|

It is never too late for the healthcare industry in the Philippines to pursue continuous improvement through Lean Six Sigma. It is also not saying that Lean Six Sigma is the only approach that will help achieve excellence in patient care, but with its appropriate execution combined with other hospital and business management solutions, the elusive vision of providing an affordable, efficient and quality healthcare in the Philippines could be a reality.
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