All entries for November 2011

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.


November 14, 2011

Applying DMAIC methodology

Airplane


Six Sigma Case Study....

What we learned today is how to apply DMAIC methodology and tools. Graeme (module tutor) gave us a task of making an airplane by assembling parts. Initially operations have been divided into seven parts then seven of us have to do their specific task of assembling parts of airplane other seven will observe the operation team regarding time and consistency one of us will cheek quality of product and that’s how we prepared 11 planes...

Our aim was to prepare 1 airplane in between 3 min 15 seconds to 3 min 45 seconds, because this is the customer tolerance level. and if we fail to do that that would affect profitability of the organisation.

What we learned from this case study is we recorded each step of the process, then we drawn a chart showing average time taken to complete each process, then we analyzed those processes we found that process two and four requires more time than other processes. Also some of the operators have to wait until others finish their job. We missed our target as we produced 11 planes but out of that we were able to make profit in only 4 planes.

Now we got new target with new strategies and new team will perform that task again to see the improvements. We have to reduce variation in the process by observing and understanding the process.

I also learned something about wastage. Before attending this case study my thinking about wastage is the only product wastage and product defect but today i came across several different types of wastage, like wastages in transport, rework (doing same work again), inventory, motion, overproduction etc. So whatI learned from this is we can think about type of wastages and then work on those wastages to improve process.

I think we all had fun today by assembling airplanes lets see tomorrow how we can do better..photo-2.jpg


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