In week five, we discussed statistics and the basic concepts. When we work with quality tools, these can be used to set up data-gathering and hypotheses- such as the 5 Whys, and maybe applications that create data, such as looking at productivity when we implement tools (for a baseline, i.e.), and then implementing quality tools to determine performance improvements such as time saved if LEAN is used. Most situations will not be the same because of the different practices in organizations and industries.
For your discussion post, look at your current or previous organization for the use of quality tools, and review the URLs below to use in the discussion in week six; review Ch 4 and bring in the tools discussed there as well for this discussion. If you currently use any of these, please explain in your discussion post how they are used; if none of these are used, please present what is used instead of or explain how some of these might be beneficial. If none of these are familiar, then you might be the one to start continuous improvement efforts in your organization. Keep in mind you will be asked to apply tools in your final project, and you are responsible for understanding how these tools can be used in the final exam. Please also remember that 6 Sigma is not the answer to everything, but it is a very important tool. The same thing can be said for ISO efforts. How can these tools help achieve Baldrige goals in your organization?
Week 6 required review for discussion board MSM 6645
Overview and baselining with other tools
https://www.isixsigma.com/methodology/lean-methodology/5-lean-tools-and-principles-integrate-six-sigma/ (Links to an external site.) (no need to set up a login, just review the first page)
Continuous improvement: https://asq.org/quality-resources/continuous-improvement (Links to an external site.)
Kaizen and LEAN
Kanban and Scrum – Pick one (minimum):
Kanban boards – how to (optional)
Quality improvement in government (optional): http://asq.org/government/why-quality/overview.html (Links to an external site.)
Value stream mapping: https://asq.org/quality-resources/lean/value-stream-mapping (Links to an external site.)
A good site to bookmark:
***NOTE: Must know for final: Kanban, value stream mapping, LEAN, Kaizen, 5s, hypothesis testing, poka-yoke, five whys, cause and effect diagrams, fishbone, flow charts