hidden wastes

8 hidden wastes impact small business profit

Hidden wastes in our work place becomes so familiar that we fail to see it for what it is. Today’s fragile economic scenario demands high performance, high profits and low expenditure. This means only one thing for SME’s: minimum wastage. And what better way to cut hidden wastes drastically than by implementing Lean Six Sigma[…]

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[…]

SIX SIGMA IN SMALL BUSINESS

How To Deploy Six Sigma In Small Business

Startup, Small, and medium sized businesses (SMEs) must continuously improve or die. A quality program like Six Sigma becomes critical to ensure sustainability through time. But not all entrepreneurs are aware of the applicability of quality management techniques to small businesses. Most of them thinking it’s only for large companies. About 84% of all U.S.[…]

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[…]

5s lean

Implementing The 5S: First Steps Towards Workplace Efficiency

Implementing The 5S: First Steps Towards Workplace Efficiency 5s is one of the first tools that can be applied in a company that is starting to get into the continuous improvement culture. 5S is a methodology that helps to define the first rules to eliminate waste and maintain a work environment that is efficient, safe[…]

Effective quality professionals are leaders

Bill Troy, CEO of the American Society of Quality started a discussion asking if Quality Professionals were also leaders. And my first impression was, “Well… yes we are!”. If I think about the work I do every day with my clients. Most of them are small business owners. Do you know which is the most[…]