All entries for January 2006
January 30, 2006
Reading one article about 6S noticed that authors referenced one single article (actually written by Warwick Uni people) on a number of different ways : (Antony and Banuelas, 2002) and Coronado et al. (2002). The references look like this:
Antony, J., Banuelas, R. (2002), "Critical success factors for the successful implementation of six-sigma projects in organizations", The TQM Magazine, Vol. 14 No.2, pp.92–9.
Coronado, R., Banuelas, R., Antony, J. (2002), "Critical success factors for the successful implementation of six sigma projects in organisations", The TQM Magazine, Vol. 14 No.2, pp.92–9.
As you may see in the second version the article is written by 3 (!) people, one of whose is a completely imaginary person!
January 24, 2006
In PIUSS module notes I found one deviation from the classical 6S DMAIC cycle. The notes contain step six, which standardise and integrate. I am not sure who is the author of that, but I feel that is extremely important – once having done something correctly and received good results (or negative results, it does not matter) not to forget it.
In the context of organizational learning is particularly vital for any organization to use the knowledge previously generated. I think it is probably a good idea to have a mechanism that could prevent an organization from trying to solve already solved problems. That requires, first of all, a good knowledge management, but the benefits of this simple approach could be much more than expenses on establishing this system.
January 21, 2006
First: I have finished my LE assignment. Not having received Paul’s feedback on my first work (PPE if someone forgot), I have been limited in terms of understanding of his expectations and requirements. It could extremely useful during completing this work. I suppose everyone EEE student can express some regrets about it. Anyway, the positive side is that two submitted PMW are only my job without any even tiny interference, so the results I will eventually receive will be only my results and will have no one to share either success or sadness (that is more likely, to be honest).
Second. In Warwick Library I suddenly found the book I have been looking for almost 15 years (since I was a first year student of Physics Department) – The Tao of physics by Fritjof Capra. He says that almost all the concepts of modern (the book was published in 1975 but nothing serious happened since then) physics may be found in Eastern religious philosophies. Some parallels are quite interesting … Anyone who wants to read is supposed to wait until I have finished it – 10–15 days I hope, because I almost do not have spare time to read it. It is of interest that this gay was a physicists, but in 90s decided to focus on some business issues, among the others is organizational learning …..
Final. I started to realize something about 6S – not much but enough to understand how powerful it can be. I seem the main concept is to divide all the activities of a company into processes and their interrelationships, choose some processes and apply to them different statistical tools in order to improve them. One thing is a bit mysterious for me – why it is so important to maximize the formalities of it. I mean all this structure with various Belts people. To my mind all this staff can be used without any belts …. You only need to explain to people some basic concepts of it and they, probably, will do it themselves … Am I wrong?
P.S. An interesting link The BBC radio program whose one issue is closely connected with the subject we are studying. I think it is worth listening …
January 18, 2006
When I was preparing to yesterday’s presentation I was really shocked be the tendency I discovered. Some 6S ‘gurus’ tend to discuss the human factor of 6S describing it by the term ‘people’s resistance’ and how to overcome this resistance. Having read several ‘gurus’ I am prone to think that they look on the process of 6S implementing like on a war, which they should win whatever it takes. I was not prepared to it, to be honest. I think more delicate approach to employees, which implies creating the understanding why the company needs 6S, could be much more winning than all their strategies for overcoming people’s resistance.
In addition to the VOICE of the CUSTOMER 6S practitioners should also listen to The VOICE of the EMPLOYEE, which sometimes tells very clever things….
January 09, 2006
Completely agreed with Jane’s remark – how wonderful that FACS PMW is behind. What a boredom it was … However, another PMW is coming – LE that does not promise to be an easy one as well.
Thinking about assignments I suddenly realized that today is a special day – it is 6 weeks since the deadline of the first PMW we submitted – PPE!!! Having realized it I checked my pigeon hole – and it was empty! Despite the fact that we have been promised that 6 weeks is maximum time of considering … Since we haven’t received it by 9:00 Monday 9 January, it would be great to start adding 3 points for every day of delay – the rule can sound like this:
‘Post Module Work Results which does not reach the pigeon holes of Warwick Manufacturing Group Postgraduate students by the due date will be considered to be late. The students receive awards for lateness at the rate of 3 percentage points per University working day after the due date, up to a maximum of 14 days late. After this period the work is counted as an excellent and receives 100%’.