March 29, 2019

Frequency plots are a visual tool used to analyze numerical data by showing the pattern of how often different values occur.  Frequency plots provide us with a picture of the shape, range, and center of the data, as well as where the data falls relative to targets or s...

December 19, 2018

Meliora will be hosting Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training in 2019!  Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training is a four-week intensive course for internal leaders with a proven history of success and excellent interpersonal skills who will lead project teams within their org...

November 13, 2018

In a previous blog post, we discussed the two types of variation: common cause and special cause.  In order to take appropriate actions to reduce variation in our processes, we need to be able to differentiate between common cause and special cause.  Reduced variation...

October 20, 2018

An Individuals Chart is a tool to monitor variation in a process with continuous data over time.  Individuals charts can be used to monitor variables such as costs, temperature, number of invoices processed, amount of waste generated, and more.  When you create an Indi...

September 15, 2018

A process map is a visual tool that documents a series of steps taken to achieve a result. Because they are visual, process maps convey information more effectively than written procedures or descriptions of processes. Process mapping can portray the current state, use...

August 25, 2018

What is Brainstorming?

Brainstorming is a creative method of generating a large volume of ideas free from criticism.  Brainstorming was developed in the 1940s by an advertising executive who was frustrated with his employees.  The employees were unable to individually d...

July 9, 2018

It is impossible to be part of an organization and not attend meetings.  Many meetings are poorly run and waste people’s valuable, limited time.  A facilitator is someone who provides methods and tools that help team members to use their time efficiently in meetings....

June 16, 2018

Most discussions about performance focus on averages.   While averages give us clues to targets and expectations, understanding variation is extremely important to driving lasting change.

There are two types of variation, common cause and special cause.  Common cau...

May 17, 2018

Meliora hosted 27 trainees from 9 companies for Six Sigma Green Belt training April 24-28, 2018.  Throughout the week, 5 Master Black Belt instructors presented key Six Sigma concepts and tools through a variety of presentations and hands-on exercises.  The class walke...

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