October 2021 MoreNews about Operational Excellence

An Update to the Seven Tools of Quality

Much has changed in the 70 years that Kaoru Ishikawa was quoted as saying, “As much as 95% of quality related problems in the factory can be solved with seven fundamental quantitative tools.” It’s worth examining whether Ishikawa’s belief has held true in modern application. Are these the right tools? Is anything missing? And if so, what is a good model going forward?

Read New Perspectives on the Seven Basic Tools of Quality.

LSS Belt recertification

A Holistic Approach to Recertification

One powerful tool to sustain your continuous improvement culture and to maintain alignment with organizational priorities can be found in your recertification requirements – but this is a delicate dance.

Read Making Recertification Work for, Not Against, Your Organization.



2021 Best Practices Series

Best Practices Series: 4 Virtual Sessions

Join us for one or all of our sessions geared for OpX leaders and trainers. Relevant topics with insights to take back to your organization: Maturity Model, Flexible Workplace, Virtual Coaching, and Enterprise Solutions. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. Free.

View agenda and registration details.




NEW in TRACtion: Global KPIs

Keep your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) visible at all levels: globally to see the big picture and by project to view individual project work progress. 

See details about the new Global KPI feature.

UC San Diego

Center for Operational Excellence, UC San Diego

A new Center for Operational Excellence (COE) at UC San Diego will be joining the growing community of university centers. The UCSD COE team will leverage Lean Six Sigma expertise to foster effective financial stewardship and drive continuous improvement in support of the academic mission of the university.



4 keys for rebuilding

Energizing a Post-Pandemic Workforce

As offices reopen, PwC offers some near-term and mid-term smart moves in four key areas that can help position your organization to rebuild revenue and emerge stronger.

Read Your Post-Pandemic Workforce Won't Look Like Your Past—or Your Present.



Pitching over the plate

Watching a recap of the MLB playoff scores, brought back this memory of College Baseball Hall of Fame Coach John Scolinos from Cal Poly Pomona. Scolinos spoke to 4,000 coaches at a 1996 conference with a point that extended way beyond the ball field. How wide is your home plate?

“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck...I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”

Read Stay at 17 Inches in BASEBALL/LIFE.


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