December 01, 2013

Green Belt and Rugby activity

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After Angie's guest lecture, I was left seriously considering doing a green belt six sigma course. I had not been convinced that getting a green belt certification was absolutely necessary prior to her lecture. However after Friday's class, I am certainly giving it a serious consideration.

I learned many things throughout the week. But Thursday and Friday were very interesting. First the lecture from the GE six sigma director was very enlightening. We had a great engaging activity that got all of us thinking. Within 20 minutes, I was able to decipher many real life implications the "passing the rugby ball" activity has. Communication got harder as the activity progressed. Without a direct, clear organsied channel for communication it is hard to come up with efficient solutions to certain problems.

Another important thing I realised is that sometimes when a new policy or strategy is implemented people are not patient when the first results come in. When we tried a different way of passing the rugby ball around and got a slower time, almost everyone assumed that it was a worse plan. However they didn't consider the learning curve that would be in effect since no one was used to this new technique yet. We tend to react quickly and irrationally when we don't wait and study the results.

Another thing I realised was that when it comes to processes, we do not always have to stick to the status quo or the norm. It took us a while to figure out that we didnt necessarilly have to move the ball, but rather keep the ball still and we all just touch it. This was thinking "outside the box." It is important to keep in mind that processes can always be improved. Just because there is currently one way to do a certain activity doesnt mean there are not alternative ways of doing the same activity. I think this lesson doesn't necessarily apply to processes but to life in general. Challenge the norm, think differently and act diligently.

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