February 06, 2012

….. As a leader.

On first exercise of Leadership style I voted myself to explore me as a leader and it was awesome experience for me. As this is the only exercise in which leaders are given specific styles to perform when doing exercise, and I got a style of leadership, which was actually opposite of my natural behaviour so I got lot more opportunity to think and work out of my comfort zone and obvious in a safe environment. I got charismatic style leadership; Charismatic leaders tend to be very good listeners and motivator. Charismatic leaders inspire followers and by doing so they lead the team. The main motive behind my style of leadership was to inspire team members as much as can and lead the team to build a taller or attractive tower. manier times I don’t try to inspire someone, instead of that I like to seat back and be as a follower. I do this because I like to listen more and talk less, but today I put myself forward in this exercise and I really enjoyed doing that. I learned a lot of things form such a small exercise also this exercise gave me a confidence. As my team mates were not known what type of leadership style I am following, and at the end of exercise most of them gave feedback that I was really tried to inspire all of them in different ways in different situation and that what I was supposed to do.

This exercise taught me about how to manage team by inspiring. Also I got an overview of other leadership styles as well like autocratic, democratic and laissez-faire leadership styles and what are the positive and negative points of each leadership style. I think one can adapt any style, which is suitable for them, and they can also change their style situation to situation.

January 09, 2012

Submitted PIUSS PMA

Follow-up to Implementing lean six sigma from Akshay's blog

Finally I submitted my PIUSS PMA... according to my plane I was supposed to submit this PMA a week ago and start working on FACS PMA but don’t know till last date I felt that something is missing in PMA so every day I made some changes in my PMA and finally I submitted today...

Now I am ready to concentrate on FACS... don’t know why but it happen with me until I finish one work completely cant able to concentrate on other... this is lack of multitasking skills... I need to develop those. Anyway I learned a lot in this PMA, about Six-sigma and lean combination and their implementation in the organization and how to integrate these two powerful methodologies to give desired results. While doing this PMA I got more and more knowledge about six-sigma so hoping that I can use that in real life effectively..

December 31, 2011

Implementing lean six sigma

In last few bogs I talked about lean and six sigma methodologies and their history and evolution. They I carried my research to integration of lean and six sigma how they are been combined these days and how their shown results. When I was reading literatures on integration of lean and six sigma I realised that there is lot of literatures talks on benefits of integration, as lean and six sigma both methodologies works on same ground and if integrated together how their integrated approach may give better results. There is also written on similarities and differences of lean and six sigma which can be used for their integration. But what I have realised that there is less written on their capability is if they are good to integrate and they can give better results but this is theoretically what about its practical implementation??? If we don’t know about their practical implementation then how can we able to determine compatibility of integrated approach??? So now I am looking for practical implementation of lean six sigma but I will do that next year……… until that time........,

When the mid-nite bell rings tonight..

Let it signify new and better things for you,

let it signify a realisation of all things you wish for,

Let it signify a year of courage and believes,

Wishing you all a very...very...very Happy and prosperous New year 2012.

December 27, 2011

Combinations of Lean and six sigma and use of Mindmap

Follow-up to Compatibility.. from Akshay's blog

In last few days i learned about how different authors made different combinations of lean and six sigma and how they implemented the combined methodology in real businesses. The compatibility of two approaches will depend upon the type of combination made by different tools. some combinations of lean and six sigma as first implement lean to reduce waste and then implement and increase efficiency then implement six sigma to reduce variation and improve quality. the other type of combination is implement six sigma first and follow DMAIC methodology as a framework to implement lean tools. Another type of combination is implementing lean and six sigma simultaneously as a holistic way. so every combination has its own thinking, but ultimately needs some practical experiments to see compatibility of each type of combination.

Also wants to share some good experience while doing PMA, I got lot of help form mindmap as this tool helps to diversify over thinking and keeps us motivating to think out of box.. i found this tool very important for planning PMA and then for executing the plan. We can start with mindmap then gradually we can edit it according to our need as we progress on our work.



December 25, 2011


Follow-up to Compatibility study of six sigma and lean from Akshay's blog

Their are some tools of lean, which can be integrated, with six sigma tools. The combination will defiantly give more valuable results but it is not clear that will it work in every type of industries and at every time?

As my research is moving forward I am getting more and more knowledge about both methodologies. There are lots of similarities between this approaches and that’s why earlier they were competitors of each other. But on the other hand there are some basic fundamental differences as well, which can become substitutes for each other and they can be combined. The combination of this will provide a new approach, which deals with all variety of problems. But the compatibility is major issue. It is basically depends upon how you combine this two approaches.

This two approaches individually shown great results and lots of literatures says that the integration has lot more capability to improve process, but at the same time the exact combination is not has been came out and which tools has to combine with witch part of other process will determine their compatibility.


December 23, 2011

Compatibility study of six sigma and lean


As we all know six sigma and lean are both different approaches of excellence and continuous improvement. Six sigma mainly recognised for defect reduction and quality improvement. Six sigma basically concentrates on variation of process and uses analytical methods to solve problem. Six sigma was introduced in 1980’s by Motorola then developed by General electronics in 1990’s, this development was mainly included cultural change associated with the process. As six sigma concentrates on quality is same as lean management. Lean is mainly focuses on west reduction, cycle time improvement and cost saving. Earlier lean and six sigma was known as competitors of each other as both process works on quality improvement and continuous improvement. Both approaches have concentration on customer satisfaction and process improvement. But basically both theories works on different way and their methods of workings are also different.

 But now it is seen that both methods are combined with each other and it is seen that the most of them are working well. The new process called as lean six sigma(LSS) or lean sigma. They are combining to get more satisfied results. Both approaches have different tools and different way of working. So the compatibility is mainly depends upon how individual combines them. Both process shown their individual performance well so it is expected that combination will give excellent performance. As both approaches have same ultimate aim of excellence, but both need different resources to work on so it is mainly biased on how company combines resources for both of them and produces results. Compatibility may vary as per combination of resources and tools while implementing LSS.

lean or six sigma

November 25, 2011

Moving ahead to the end part of PMA.

Follow-up to Continuous Improvement & Management of change from Akshay's blog

It was really good experience while doing PMA. Learned a lot of things basics from how to search library catalog to referencing. I came across so many things, which are totally new for me. When I started working on assignment I didn’t know what I am going to write and how it will look like, but as I started writing and searching books related to topic unconsciously interest was created, and I started searching more and more information about the subject.

As I mentioned I searched a lot of things so at the end it went difficult for me to compress all those words in 3000 words, but I think I did well, lets hope for the best. The last part of the assignment was about how EFQM helps to drive continuous improvement. There are so many things which shows that the EFQM really helps to drive continuous improvement as it has is a holistic approach of self-assessment. The main nine criteria’s of model tells us all about the process and how to categories them in an appropriate way.

November 23, 2011

Continuous improvement and communication

I am talking more about continuous improvement as I am going through PMA I am learning new things every day. There are lots of things, which I didn’t thought about are related to continuous improvement. According to me four weeks and 3000 word limit constraint is contradicts each other as I am going through PMA either we need more time to analysis and present our findings in 3000 words or word limit has to be more than 3000 so that we can explain our analysis in proper way.

Continuous improvement is wider concept and years on years went still it has great power of implication and many giant organisations are implementing this method to achieve sustainable improvement. As I said in previous blog Management of change is important aspect of continuous improvement in the same way communication is also very vital part of improvement process. Communication has to be open and from all level as upward to downward and vice a versa. If communication is good that solves many problems of the organisation.

How communication helps continuous improvement. The benefits are tangible and intangible. As if communication is good then one part of organisation if achieves something that can be passed through other departments of organisation so that everyone can implement improved process. Intangible benefits may include more effective teamwork, job satisfaction and other. As continuous improvement is never ending process so every time there is a scope for further improve.

Continuous Improvement

November 22, 2011

Continuous Improvement & Management of change

First I thought what should be done to create an organisation where continuous improvement is a way of life, then I realise the main factor which involves in this change process is people. We need to concentrate on people more than anything else, as they are key drivers of change. We can chose best approach for change process, we also can invest more on implementing that approach but if the people are not ready to change then whole plan go wrong. It is fact that most of us resist to change so the solution for this is management for change. The manager who is responsible of bringing change and creating awareness of change by motivating and promoting people.

Change is necessary for every organisation so management of change tell us that how to prepare for change. This theory of change tells us hoe to understand behaviours of individuals towards change and how to convince them in a positive way what will help to bring continuous improvement.

November 18, 2011

PMA Continuous Improvement

While working on PMA of creating business excellence I learned several things, which is common sense, but as we all know common sense is not so common. I was having a problem with how to start my PMA and what will be my structure of PMA, then I referred back on mind map and got some ideas. Continuous improvement is essential aspect of any organisation. Every organisation has different goals and strategies but if orgnaisation wants to become successful in future it has to follow continuous improvement as a way of life.

Continuous improvement is a process through which we can achieve our goals and strategies. While doing our regular operational activities we also have to think out of box for improvement in our process and reducing variation in process so we can save wastage and earn more that will result economical growth. Learning is important in life so continuous learning and implementing is continuous improvement.

I also realize that continuous improvement is not a tool neither a techniques which can be implemented. It is a process and it is everyone’s job to follow this process.

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