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November 17, 2010

short term targets

We did an interesting project improvement by using 6 sigma. Though it was only a simple case study and things cannot be simpler in real life, I still got much experience about the implantation of 6 sigma. However, in my opinion, there is a significant difference between our plane-making project and real manufacture. What we had to do was trying to improvement our project within 4 hours. In this case, it was definitely a short-term target. As time was limited, it is impossible for us to change our project a lot. If we kept practicing without any discussion, it is possible that we can do better than what we did yesterday. I think it may not happen in real practice as practice without discussion can only make a little improvement. And of course, I don't think a company will just give people 4 hours' long to improve such a project. If it became a long-term target, for example, we have 3 days' time or more than that, than keep practicing couldn't be the best way to improve. We need to do what we had done yesterday and make those theories into practice.

In an organization, the same situation could happen. There are short-term target and long-term target that require clearly defining because we can see that in our experiment, some discussion that we did was definitely useless to improve that short-term targe


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