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January 28, 2013

Lifeboat Leader

Today we had an exercise called lifeboat leader. It was basically to discuss and choose in teams a leader and a deputy from the six lifeboat passengers. I thought that it is very easy to select two out of them since we had papers describing each of the passengers skills and career background, however, when came to team discussion it was kind of a nightmare. We were only 5 people and non of us had the same choice or thoughts as the others so we keep discussing our points until we reached the highest vote wins. Doing such a simple exercise showed us not only how difficult is choosing a leader, but that individuals has different expectations of leaders and they look at their leaders from different perspectives. Knowing such a valuable knowledge gives us, assuming and wishing to be leaders in future or to behave as a good follower, two things: 1) As a leader, bear in mind that followers look at you differently and your reactions toward them should be varied regarding their expectations. Leaders should be carful with their decision and should know and understand their followers needs to help in taking the right decisions. The power you have as a leader in not enough to succeed. 2) Followers as well has a role on succeeding their Leader. Although, some people think that leaders has the power over the followers, however, a good followers seems to result in good leaders. Followers role is to support and help the leader in selecting the right path and actions since it brings the benefits to the whole company, team or maybe a nation. I think it was a great exercise, very simple but clarifies many things and open the eyes on how deep and rich Leadership subject is. Really good start for the module.

January 12, 2013

Combination of DFSS & DMAIC

It can be said that the joint implementation of the DFSS and Six Sigma is important because they augment and complement each other. Understanding how the two work and where they differ in characteristics is very important for the workforce of any organization. From what I learnt I can say that a key element to use or combine both approaches is to understand that DFSS is an inductive process analysis while the Six Sigma using DMAIC is a deductive analysis. Both of them have some limitations that can be overcome using proper techniques from the other one. To explain that I would try to mention some of the approaches limitation and how to overcome them using the other ones practices which might be helpful in future implementation.

1) DFSS procedure does not have a universal application: Six Sigma DMAIC can be used as a complementary tool. This is because the Six Sigma has a standardized way of application, whereas the Design for Six Sigma is customized according to the organization so a company can modify SS in their desire to come up with proper tools. DMADV, DCCDI, IDOV, DMEDI are all modified tools used by companies to apply DFSS.

2) DFSS focuses much on the final engineering optimization processes. This means that the finer details of products and services which should satisfy the customer may be missed out. The use of Six Sigma is important here because it assists in improving the processes which may have been missed out by the DFSS.

3) In a manufacturing set-up, the DFSS can only focus on initiating processes to reduce machine breakdown time. DMAIC goes further to look at different aspects of this machine breakdown before improving on the system. In such a situation, the case will have been dealt with at the micro and the macro scale.

4) Applying DFSS from the beginning will ease the job of defect reduction. A case in point is a defects reduction program in a factory. Six Sigma cannot implement such a process; however, DFSS can implement it easily. Six Sigma can then improve on the process.

Design For Six Sigma

The production of quality goods and services calls for inception of a proper quality management system in an organization. Design for Six Sigma and Six Sigma are some of the quality management tools which ensure that customer satisfaction are met through the effective and cost-efficient provision of goods and services. From what I have learnt I found out that Design for Six Sigma is a relatively new concept which was created to support the Six Sigma tool of quality. The two differ in definition and function. Six Sigma is only used when there are processes already put in place. Design for Six Sigma determines the needs of businesses and customers, and creates solutions by integrating the relevant processes. It is concerned with the generation of processes rather than the improvement of existing processes. So from companies prospective I can say that, while thinking about building a process and designing products and services DFSS is the right approach to use since it draw a flow line from the design stage till the products and services are delivered to consumers. Through reading and searching many books and articles about successful businesses, it is logical to say that no matter how good are your products; they are useless if customers do not buy them. DFSS approach is trying to measure VOC from the design stage to build a strong customers desired products & services so companies won’t be straggling to sell and survive later on.

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