millennials

Motivating millennials with lean and six sigma

A lot is being said about Millennials, the new generation of workers. More than one-in-three American workers today is a Millennial, born between 1982 and 1994.   Now Millenials have already surpassed Generation X to become the largest single demographic of the American workforce, according to new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S.  Census Bureau data.[…]

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World-class manufacturers see Quality as a competitive differentiator

The leap towards becoming a world-class manufacturer is challenging, but a new study sheds light on the steps that companies can take to improve performance and aim for world-class status. Companies around the world look for innovative ways to differentiate from competitors and become more attractive to customers who are more informed and more demanding than ever. This article was originally published by[…]

Luciana Paulise quality leaders

A new generation of Quality leaders

I am truly honored to tell that I have been chosen as one of the tomorrow’s quality leaders by the Quality Progress Magazine.   Celebrating that November is the Quality Month, Quality Progress Magazine by the American Society of Quality, has unveiled the quality leaders of the future. The list include of 46 professional under forty year[…]

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Driving innovation through quality management

In a disruptive age, Innovation looks like the flavor of the moment for tech industries and entrepreneurs, is quality helping drive innovation or just blocking its way? In 2014 I was interviewing several business owners, CEO’s and entrepreneurs about quality methodologies applied in born-global companies and small business, when an interesting question came through. The[…]

SOS small business

Small Business Week 1st-7th May

During Small Business Week 2016, make a commitment to buy from small business. Small business (SMEs) are key to American economy. They have generated over 65% of the net new jobs since 1995. There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US. Over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a[…]

5s

How to organize service companies with 5S

5s is one of the first lean tools that you need to implement if you want to provide a superb service. 5S is the name of a workplace organization methodology, a tool that is implemented in organizations that would like to be lean. Its name is after the five Japanese words that make up the main steps:[…]

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Applying Deming Principles at Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

SMED your SME journey applying Deming principles How to build successful business right the first time This a post that was published in the blog.deming.org by Luciana Paulise as a guest contributor. For more than 10 years now I have been helping people to develop their own Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME). As a graduate with a[…]

A piece of advice for Generation Y applying quality

A piece of advice for Generation Y applying quality Today I read an article “Why Generation Y is unhappy” that I found really appealing. It’s about  why when even accomplishing great things, like a quality management program, many young people may still feel frustrated. It may turn out that you are working hard, but still your[…]

lean plant

12 questions to test how LEAN is your plant

¿Have you ever thought how far your plant is form being LEAN? Lean plants are hard to find. When I visit clients or potential clients, I usually discover many more areas for improvement than the ones managers are worried about. This may be due to getting used to how things work or being too busy[…]

leadership quality culture

Facing Cultural Barriers by Leaders to Strengthen a Culture of Quality

Company culture is modeled upon top management behavior. How are your leaders strengthen your culture of Quality? Something was not going well at an organization we’ll call Company ABC. It was a small business within the automotive industry in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Some improvements were being made, many procedures were being followed, and[…]