The Ultimate Improvement Cycle

The Ultimate Improvement Cycle

The book presents basic laws of factory physics that show why the UIC delivers significant bottom-line improvement while other initiatives so often fail.

Author: Bob Sproull

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781420090352

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 576

Recognizing the need to implement quality and eliminate waste, companies embrace Lean, Six Sigma, or a combination of the two, typically taking a broad approach that seeks to remediate every process, critical or not. When this happens, efforts become distracted, improvements indefinitely delayed, and results mediocre at best. The Ultimate Improvement Cycle (UIC) integrates Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints into a combined strategy that will help you immediately focus your efforts on those areas that will make the greatest difference. The book presents basic laws of factory physics that show why the UIC delivers significant bottom-line improvement while other initiatives so often fail. It explains to you why focusing your efforts on apparent problems rather than systemic concerns is wasted effort. Focus on key areas and take improvement to the next level The Ultimate Improvement Cycle: Maximizing Profits through the Integration of Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints show you how to draw the best from Lean and Six Sigma by employing principles drawn from the Theory of Constraints. This approach will ensure that your effort is focused in the right place, at the right time, using the right tools, and the right amount of resources. This multi-pronged approach addresses cost accounting, variation, waste, and performance measurements. But most importantly, it focuses your organization on the right areas to optimize. Applying years of hands-on work in many environments, Bob Sproull has developed a unique proven method that capitalizes on a time-release formula for evoking the key tools that improvement requires. He shows you how to take advantage of the cyclical nature of improvement to implement change that is perpetually effective, and his approach does not require more resources than you have on hand. Although originally developed in manufacturing, the UIC works equally well in any environment whether it be manufacturing or service-oriented, including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM).
Categories: Business & Economics

The Ultimate Improvement Cycle

The Ultimate Improvement Cycle

The book presents basic laws of factory physics that show why the UIC delivers significant bottom-line improvement while other initiatives so often fail.

Author: Robert Sproull

Publisher: Productivity Press

ISBN: 0367802910

Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Page: 288

View: 451

Recognizing the need to implement quality and eliminate waste, companies embrace Lean, Six Sigma, or a combination of the two, typically taking a broad approach that seeks to remediate every process, critical or not. When this happens, efforts become distracted, improvements indefinitely delayed, and results mediocre at best. The Ultimate Improvement Cycle (UIC) integrates Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints into a combined strategy that will help you immediately focus your efforts on those areas that will make the greatest difference. The book presents basic laws of factory physics that show why the UIC delivers significant bottom-line improvement while other initiatives so often fail. It explains to you why focusing your efforts on apparent problems rather than systemic concerns is wasted effort.Focus on key areas and take improvement to the next levelThe Ultimate Improvement Cycle: Maximizing Profits through the Integration of Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraintsshow you how to draw the best from Lean and Six Sigma by employing principles drawn from the Theory of Constraints. This approach will ensure that your effort is focused in the right place, at the right time, using the right tools, and the right amount of resources. This multi-pronged approach addresses cost accounting, variation, waste, and performance measurements. But most importantly, it focuses your organization on the right areas to optimize. Applying years of hands-on work in many environments, Bob Sproull has developed a unique proven method that capitalizes on a time-release formula for evoking the key tools that improvement requires. He shows you how to take advantage of the cyclical nature of improvement to implement change that is perpetually effective, and hisapproach does not require more resources than you have on hand. Although originally developed in manufacturing, the UIC works equally well in any environment whether it be manufacturing or service-oriented, including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM).
Categories: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Theory of Constraints Lean and Six Sigma Improvement Methodology

Theory of Constraints  Lean  and Six Sigma Improvement Methodology

THE. ULTIMATE. IMPROVEMENT. CYCLE. Based upon what I've written so far, it
would appear that I haven't painted a very glowing picture of either of these two
improvement initiatives. One might conclude from my remarks up to now that I ...

Author: Bob Sproull

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781000011678

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 713

Many leaders and managers have led improvement initiatives in a variety of different industry sectors. Most believe that when they begin these efforts, they already have the tools they need in their improvement "backpack." Using these tools, they make substantial improvements to processes in a wide array of industry segments. As time passes, however, most realize that there is a missing link in their arsenal of tools for improvement. The author of this book faced this same predicament and he discovered what the missing link was in his improvement tool kit: Theory of Constraints (TOC). Once he learned the details of TOC, his ability to make major improvements jettisoned upward to levels he had not seen before. TOC is the common denominator in all the case studies presented in this book. This book opens with a chapter on what Theory of Constraints is and why it works so well in improvement efforts. The second and third chapters cover the important points related to Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma as well as key points related to variability. Chapter 4 demonstrates how to effectively combine these three components to achieve maximum improvement and the corresponding enhancement to your company’s profitability. The remainder of this book is composed of true case studies from different industry segments, using this integrated improvement methodology. Essentially, this book lays the foundation for what most practitioners are just beginning to understand—this integrated improvement methodology is superior to the three components used in isolation from each other. This book presents a step-by-step method of how to combine the Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma, and then demonstrates its effectiveness in a very diverse array of industries.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Secret to Maximizing Profitability

The Secret to Maximizing Profitability

This book fully details, as the title suggests, the real secret to maximizing an organization's profitability.

Author: Bob Sproull

Publisher:

ISBN: 0367410524

Category: Lean manufacturing

Page: 288

View: 977

This book fully details, as the title suggests, the real secret to maximizing an organization's profitability. While many companies have implemented improvement initiatives such as Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, there is a missing link which, when discovered and implemented, will take these same companies to profit levels not seen before. This missing link is the Theory of Constraints, and when it's combined with Lean and Six Sigma, true transformational improvements are sure to follow. In this book, the author walks you through the step-by-step method on how to combine these three methodologies with the result being significant improvements to flow, major improvements in variation, substantial reductions in waste, superior on-time delivery, and ultimately, maximized profitability. He has been using this integrated methodology for many years and each time, the results realized were well beyond what the leadership teams had experienced previously. The genesis behind this combined improvement cycle is based upon many years of analysis of both failures and successes using Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints as stand-alone improvement initiatives. By integrating Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints into a single improvement cycle, the author has developed a recipe that will maximize your return on investment, cash flow, and net profit. The Secret to Maximizing Profitability is both stimulating and thought provoking, but more importantly it will provide your organization with a roadmap for maximizing the use of your resources to achieve more bottom-line improvement than you ever imagined possible.
Categories: Lean manufacturing

Achieving HR Excellence through Six Sigma

Achieving HR Excellence through Six Sigma

About 9 years later, General Electric brought it into their organization as the next
step in improving the workout process and ... There are two primary conceptual
models that evolved from this changed environment: Ultimate Improvement Cycle
 ...

Author: Daniel Bloom

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781466586468

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 215

View: 871

Although world-class firms like GE and Motorola have relied on Six Sigma to build their performance cultures, these processes are all too often left out of human resources (HR) functions. This lack of Six Sigma principles is even more surprising because preventing errors and improving productivity are so critical to the people management processes of hiring, retention, appraisal, and development. From the history and evolution of the Total Quality movement to initiatives for introducing a Six Sigma continuous process improvement strategy in your HR department, Achieving HR Excellence through Six Sigma introduces a new way to envision your role within the organization. It explains how this powerful methodology works and supplies a roadmap to help you find and eliminate waste in your HR processes. Describing exactly what HR excellence means, the book outlines dozens of proven approaches as well as a hierarchy of the exact steps required to achieve it. It illustrates the Six Sigma methodology from the creation of a project to its successful completion. At each stage, it describes the specific tools currently available and provides examples of organizations that have used Six Sigma within HR to improve their organizations. The text presents proven approaches that can help you solve and even eliminate people management problems altogether. Filled with real-world examples, it demonstrates how to implement six sigma into the transformational side of your organization. It also includes a listing of additional resources to help you along your Six Sigma journey. Explaining how to build a new business model for your HR organization, the book supplies the new perspective and broad view you will need to discover and recommend game-changing alternatives to traditional HR approaches in your organization.
Categories: Business & Economics

Quality Management for IT Services Perspectives on Business and Process Performance

Quality Management for IT Services  Perspectives on Business and Process Performance

To make it short, the ultimate goal of all these linked activities (process
assessment, service improvement cycle, and the increase of capability of
processes) is to improve the quality of the services to the users in order to fulfill
the Service Level ...

Author: Praeg, Claus-Peter

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781616928919

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 348

View: 700

"This book gives both scientists and practical experts an insight into the many different facets of IT service quality management"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Ultimate Question 2 0

The Ultimate Question 2 0

With customers, the closed-loop response process provides the lion's share of
rootcause diagnosis and problem solving. ... companies often adjust the
frequency of the surveys to support improvement cycles that make sense to those
teams.

Author: Frederick F. Reichheld

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 9781422173350

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

View: 307

Previously published under title: Ultimate question.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Excellent Education System

The Excellent Education System

The analyze phase then points out where we have to make changes to the
process to bring it within the process limits. ... the Ultimate Improvement Cycle
which is designed to identify the roadblocks or obstacles that hinder us meeting
the VOC, ...

Author: Daniel Bloom

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351356244

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 183

View: 595

The Excellent Education System: Using Six Sigma to Transform Schools helps you discover and understand the technique of evidence-based learning and operations through which the modern school satisfies the need to increase the flow of successful students through the educational system from Kindergarten through Grade 12. This book explains, in clear terms, what educational excellence means and the principles of process improvement. In addition, it gives your an introduction to the Six Sigma methodology. Included in the discussion are case studies of educational professionals who have found a new world centered in the evidence-based educational processes. These processes lead to many examples of dramatic turnarounds in some failing schools. The author presents strategies and actions that you can use to improve schools such as those presented in the case studies. The Appendices provide a wide variety of tactical resources for implementation.
Categories: Business & Economics

Performance Improvement for Healthcare Leading Change with Lean Six Sigma and Constraints Management

Performance Improvement for Healthcare  Leading Change with Lean  Six Sigma  and Constraints Management

—Bob Sproull, author of The Ultimate Improvement Cycle: Maximizing Profits
through the Integration of Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints “As a
physician practicing in a managed care environment, I do face and deal with the
 ...

Author: Bahadir Inozu

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071761635

Category: Medical

Page: 352

View: 675

PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR REVOLUTIONIZING HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS "If I had to sum up this book in one word, the word would be 'brilliant'! This is one of the most insightful books on TOC, not just for healthcare, that I have ever read." --BOB SPROULL, author of The Ultimate Improvement Cycle: Maximizing Profits through the Integration of Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints Performance Improvement for Healthcare: Leading Change with Lean, Six Sigma, and Constraints Management lays out an integrated approach for using three industrially based methods to transform hospital operations in terms of patient outcomes and experience, financial viability, and employee satisfaction. This pioneering guide presents a scalable strategy for managing bottlenecks, eliminating waste, reducing errors, and containing costs in healthcare organizations, as well as sustaining the gains achieved. Real-world case studies illustrate successful performance improvement implementations that have realized breakthrough operational and financial results. COVERAGE INCLUDES: Constraints Management applications in healthcare The NOVACES SystemCPI--an integrated performance improvement deployment approach Three-part assessment--strategic gap analysis, system-level value stream analysis, and system constraint analysis Planning a performance improvement program deployment to ensure timely and consistent execution Applying the right tool to the right problem from a system perspective Sustaining gains achieved by the performance improvement team Defining a path to self-sufficiency
Categories: Medical

Software Process Improvement for Small and Medium Enterprises Techniques and Case Studies

Software Process Improvement for Small and Medium Enterprises  Techniques and Case Studies

Guides which can be applied throughout the life cycle for managing and
performing software development activities; the ultimate goal is to improve the
competitiveness and capacity of VSEs. Purpose and Justification • Mr. Tanin
Uthayanaka ...

Author: Oktaba, Hanna

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781599049083

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 394

View: 457

Software engineering is of major importance to all enterprises; however, the key areas of software quality and software process improvement standards and models are currently geared toward large organizations, where most software organizations are small and medium enterprises. Software Process Improvement for Small and Medium Enterprises: Techniques and Case Studies offers practical and useful guidelines, models, and techniques for improving software processes and products for small and medium enterprises, utilizing the authoritative, demonstrative tools of case studies and lessons learned to provide academics, scholars, and practitioners with an invaluable research source.
Categories: Business & Economics

Epiphanized

Epiphanized

Updating the tools, principles, and methods presented in the bestselling first edition, this updated edition explains how to implement the authors proven improvement methodology that unifies the Theory of Constraints with Lean and Six Sigma ...

Author: Bob Sproull

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781498714204

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 414

View: 903

Updating the tools, principles, and methods presented in the bestselling first edition, this updated edition explains how to implement the authors’ proven improvement methodology that unifies the Theory of Constraints with Lean and Six Sigma. The book uses a compelling novel format to demonstrate how to achieve superior on-time delivery along with unprecedented levels of profitability. Besides explaining how to implement the authors’ unified improvement methodology, the book arms readers with a proven method for convincing management that using the improvement methodology outlined in the text will lead to significantly higher levels of profitability. This edition has been updated with an expanded appendix that includes more in-depth discussions of the tools covered in the first edition. This edition also sheds more light on the reasoning behind why the very best improvement results can be achieved by the unification of the Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma (TLS). The appendix also provides additional detail about how the concepts covered in the book can be applied to your organization. The primary theme throughout this book is the focus on the unity and enhancement of improvement tools and methods. The book includes an appendix that allows readers to explore, in much more detail, the principles, tools, and techniques presented in the novel portion of the book. The authors detail a pioneering pathway for significant gains in profitability and market share for any company choosing to implement the methodologies that are presented. Some of the concepts, tools, and principles presented may seem counterintuitive to many readers, but if the principles are understood and followed, the exceptional results are sure to follow
Categories: Business & Economics

Answering the Ultimate Question

Answering the Ultimate Question

Transformation of your business can occur through operational improvements.
With many companies implementing Six Sigma– based approaches, we found
that process and operations often present opportunities for advantage and can
help ...

Author: Richard Owen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470260696

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 653

Fred Reichheld's 2006 book The Ultimate Question, that question being, "How likely is it that you would recommend this company to a friend or colleague?"-challenged the conventional wisdom of customer satisfaction programs. It coined the terms 'bad profits' and 'good profits' and pointed to a faster, much more accurate way of gauging customers' real loyalty to a company, introducing a quantitative measure (the Net Promoter Score) for establishing a baseline and effectively tracking changes going forward. Richard Owen and Laura Brooks are co-developers, along with Reichheld, of the methodology behind answering the question. In this book, Owen and Brooks tell how based on a variety of real case studies' to actually embed Net Promoter discipline in organizations of all types.
Categories: Business & Economics

Software Process Improvement

Software Process Improvement

SUMMARY Implementing software process improvement is a change programme
The ultimate objective of a software process improvement programme is to
improve the practices of software engineers and project managers , hence it is ...

Author: Sami Zahran

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: UOM:39015040161096

Category: Computers

Page: 447

View: 166

This book will help you to manage and control the quality of your organization's software products. Continually dealing with the problems caused by software defects can be both time-consuming and demanding but Sami Zahran's pragmatic approach will take you from reactive fire-fighting to a preventative culture of disciplined and continuous process improvement. This book will help you: establish a process-focused software development organizatio design and implement procedures for developing quality software in time and within budge benchmark your organization against the industry standards for the software process, including the Capability Maturity Model (CMM), ISO 9001, the new standard ISO/IEC 15504 (originally known as SPICE) and Bootstrap.
Categories: Computers

Data Based Decision Making

Data Based Decision Making

The Cyclical Process of School Improvement The ultimate goal is to embed data
use in the daytoday operations of the school and as part of a continuous cycle of
school improvement. As Depka (2006) points out: For data analysis to ultimately ...

Author: Edie Holcomb

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 9781935543046

Category: Education

Page: 240

View: 171

You’re ready to start collecting and utilizing school data, but what data? How exactly will you find it, and how will you use it once you have it? This informative resource takes an in-depth look at best data collection practices and guides the elementary school principal on how to reach struggling learners, strengthen instruction, and achieve schoolwide improvement.
Categories: Education

The Process Improvement Handbook A Blueprint for Managing Change and Increasing Organizational Performance

The Process Improvement Handbook  A Blueprint for Managing Change and Increasing Organizational Performance

In the early 1900s, Frank Bunker Gilbreth, the father of Lean, was preaching the
importance of process improvement. Gilbreth was a process method man. He felt
there was one best way of doing things. He focused on the elimination of waste ...

Author: Tristan Boutros

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071817677

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 416

View: 185

The Definitive Guide to Process Improvement & Operational Excellence. This complete body of knowledge for process improvement professionals provides an easy-to-understand foundation for process maturity capability in any company. Gold Medal Winner of the 2015 Axiom Book Award for best business theory book! The Process Improvement Handbook: A Blueprint for Managing Change and Increasing Organizational Performance introduces an all-encompassing body of knowledge for anyone looking to improve their operating environment. It presents a practical way to build and improve processes, and can assist professionals whether they are learning the basics of Process Improvement, planning their first improvement project, or evangelizing process oriented thinking throughout their organization. All of the concepts explained in this book encapsulate everything needed to enable process excellence from start to finish, saving time, conserving resources, and accomplishing more in a competitive timeframe. These practical insights will make you more effective in any Process Improvement role: from contributor, stakeholder, executive, team member, department, business division, supplier, and customer. Highlights include: A comprehensive framework that outlines the methods, tools, and competencies used to create sustainable Process Improvement efforts An industry-leading architecture approach for building organizational processes - Process-Oriented Architecture (POA) Demonstrating the importance of end-to-end process improvement, and the pitfalls of individual and isolated improvement methods Capitalizing on practical agility principles to deliver faster results Sample learning materials such as instructions for getting started, practical guides, real-world case studies, and templates available in the book and on an affiliated website A self-sufficient reference guide that all employees can easily use or self-train with A common vocabulary within the Process Improvement profession for discussing, writing, and applying Process Improvement concepts A robust tool for educating or training organizations and professionals Includes a Foreword from Dr. H. James Harrington, prolific author of over 35 Process Improvement books and winner of numerous quality awards including ASQ's Distinguished Service Medal.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Occupational Health and Safety Management System Performance Measurement

Occupational Health and Safety Management System Performance Measurement

7* In an OHSMS context, continual improvement can be defined as the "process
of improving the OHS management system ... The ultimate goal of continual
improvement, however, should be to reduce the potential for worker injury and
illness.

Author: Charles F. Redinger

Publisher: AIHA

ISBN: 9780932627926

Category: Industrial hygiene

Page: 562

View: 336

Categories: Industrial hygiene

Product Focused Software Process Improvement

Product Focused Software Process Improvement

Integrating Reuse Measurement Practices into the ERP Requirements
Engineering Process Maya Daneva Department of Computer ... Its ultimate
objective is to enhance the fit between the ERP adopting organization and its
ERP system.

Author: Jürgen Münch

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540346821

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 474

View: 637

The 7th International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES 2006) brought together researchers and industrial practitioners for reporting new research results and exchanging experiences and findings in the area of process and product improvement. The focus of the conference was on understanding, evaluating, controlling, and improving the relationship between process improvement activities (such as the deployment of innovative defect detection processes) and their effects on products (such as improved product reliability and safety). Consequently, major topics of the conference included the evaluation of existing software process improvement (SPI) approaches in different contexts, the presentation of new or modified SPI approaches, and the relation between SPI and new development techniques or emerging application domains. The need for SPI is being widely recognized. Current trends in software intensive systems such as increased distribution of software development and growing dependability on software-intensive systems in everyday life emphasize this need. This implies the establishment of advanced process improvement capabilities and an adequate understanding of the impact of the processes on the generated products, services, and business value in different situations. Recent trends enforce the establishment of such capabilities: more and more products are being developed in distributed, global environments with many customer-supplier relations in the development chain. Outsourcing, off-shoring, near-shoring, and in-sourcing aggravate this trend. In addition, systems are being built from multiple disciplines (such as electronics, mechanics, and software). Supporting such distributed and multi-disciplinary development requires well-understood and accurately implemented development process interfaces, process synchronization, and process evolution.
Categories: Business & Economics

Quality of Life Technology Handbook

Quality of Life Technology Handbook

The.ultimate.value.of.these.technologies. ... Measuring.and.incorporating.best.
practices. would.ultimately.perfect.the.system. ... PDCA. cycle. is. one. method.
and. we. offered. 10. checkpoints. to. consider. during. every. improvement.cycle.

Author: Richard Schulz

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781466505346

Category: Medical

Page: 334

View: 781

A collaboration between leading scientists, practitioners, and researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, this book is a comprehensive resource describing Quality of Life technologies and their development, evaluation, adoption, and commercialization. It takes an interdisciplinary team approach to the process of technology development for disabled and older persons and discusses the state of the art and future directions of technologies. This work provides direction on how to identify user needs and preferences, engage end-users in the design and development process, and evaluate and commercialize the technologies.
Categories: Medical

No Holds Barred Fighting The Ultimate Guide to Conditioning

No Holds Barred Fighting  The Ultimate Guide to Conditioning

We must remember that the test subjects were pretested in a timed cycle trial,
trained on a cycle during the experiment and ... Practically any physical activity
will improve health and the ambiguous term “fitness,” but to improve at an athletic
 ...

Author: Mark Hatmaker

Publisher: Tracks Publishing

ISBN: 9781935937111

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 959

Ideal for aspiring or practicing no-holds-barred (NHB) athletes or for anyone seeking an elite fitness routine, this manual employs the regimens of top NHB athletes. Explaining how to apply the scientific concepts of specificity and synergy to create tailored workout routines, this manual features scores of exercises—from old standbys to modern training techniques—for any type of athlete. Requiring minimal time and equipment, the programs in this resource add excitement to routines and keep readers stimulated while providing fundamental training information for all skill levels.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Software Testing and Quality Assurance

Software Testing and Quality Assurance

Level 5 : Optimizing An optimizing process is the ultimate level of process
maturity : It measures from activities that are used to improve the process ,
possibly by removing and adding process activities , and changing the process
structure ...

Author: B.S.Ainapure

Publisher: Technical Publications

ISBN: 8184315015

Category:

Page: 252

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