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Does Six Sigma methodology have benefits small- to medium-sized entrepreneurial manufacturing firm? "Yes!" proclaims this author, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He provides an overview of, outlines four actions needed for a company to succeed with, and defines steps to deploying Six Sigma.
Job seekers need to be competent in three areas in order to compete in the global work market. These are Communication- the ability to learn and unde
Among the newest business-excellence methodologies now available, Six DisciplinesT is growing in popularity as a holistic tool to help manufacturing entrepreneurs remain competitive against all comers. It's designed specifically to help small and mid-sized businesses ensure they are doing the right things at the right times. Goals include simplifying the quality management approach, fostering practical planning, and delivering effective, sustainable execution management. Many practical tools to implement the program are available.
Even with trained and certified internal quality-improvement leaders, or "belts," Six Sigma efforts can fail because management does not understand the support they need. Such ignorance can mean that Six Sigma quality projects don't match company strategy, receive the right resources or financial support, or benefit from regular reviews by managers who can resolve such issues. Entrepreneurs thinking about implementing a Lean Manufacturing-oriented process need to have a full appreciation not only for the returns but also for the investments required, especially their own time and energy and that of their top team".
Entrepreneurs often cut corners when initially setting up their business systems. To avoid future problems, consider vertically centric business systems that comprehensively manage a company's functions and processes, including accounting, sales tracking, and data analysis.
Outsourcing provides a solution to a wide variety of tasks that may not be efficient for a company to handle itself, especially an early-stage business that needs to focus on its top priorities.
From a lab at MIT to connecting 50,000 high school students live around the world, Norman Gaut's team at PictureTel were pioneers in connecting the world via real-world time, visual communications.
Entrepreneurs face an array of operations challenges, including sales and inventory tracking, to bring products to market. With the widespread adoption of wireless networks and hand-held devices, entrepreneurs should adopt mobile computing to overcome these challenges.
Why spend money, time, and effort documenting processes? Beyond the obvious direction it will provide in operating the business, numerous other benefits are discussed in this article.
This article discusses the Operations Plan as an action document to coordinate the activities of the company towards achieving the overall goals and mission.
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