December 01, 2013

Plane Production Simulation

Writing about web page PIUSS, Six Sigma, MBE

The plane simulation was a great way to emphasize how important in applying six sigma principles within an organization. Although it was hard to use all the tools that six sigma requires us to use during the simulation, it was still very helpful using a few important ones to help implement some changes.

One important thing that I learned during the simulation was that the GIBB model about team work is accurate. Many of the problems that arose was how members of the team felt. Although we were lucky to not have any serious conflicts, communication throughout the team was quite difficult at times. It was so difficult to communicate sometimes that my suggestions to help improve commnication went unheard. Ironic. I now understand the paramount importance of having a facilitiator and a leader. Although I think selecting a facilitator in the begining is a little more important than selecting a leader. However having a leader is still important to steer the direction of the team to a common goal. But the reason I think it is more important to select a facilitator is because a facilitator will improve communication, which is the most important thing in working in a team. Besides, leaders usually naturally emerge within teams.

Another thing I learned was how waste can have adverse effects throughout production. I initially I thought that if an operator was not working constantly then the system was creating waste. However this is not true. To be truly lean, you must not build up inventory. Cash and materials get tied up in inventory which leads to difficulties later. It is important to manage operating working capital.

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