Monday, March 29, 2010

What is Love?

What is Love?
I have two things to say about Love.
1) Love is a chemical reaction. When the formulae is correct, it will taste like a honey or else it will burn you like an acid.
2) Many say;
Love is a feeling,
Feeling comes from Heart,
Heart pumps Blood,
Blood is red in colour,
Colour is the gift of God,

God is ?????....
When you come to know about God,
then you will also come to know about the origin of Love.

Love is a state of mind. Try to achieve love and not just perceive.....


Sunday, November 16, 2008

How to become a six sigma professional?

You must have some basic qualities to become a Six Sigma Professional(SSP). They are:
1) Self Confidence
2) Creating relationships
3) Motivating people
4) Learn Statistics, but don't speak statistics
5) Assertiveness

Self Confidence:
This is the first and foremost quality to become a SSP. You must never lose your confidence at any stage. In this field, people always try to degrade you. But you must always have the "Will" factor. You must close your ears when people speak bad about you and six sigma. But keep your ears open wide when some one speaks good about you. This is the easiest way in which you can withstand your self confidence level.

Creating Relationships:
You must be ready to speak to any person in your organization by breaking the glass. Build personal relationships by moving close with them. In the sense, you must try to know something about them other than professional. A very good example, just greet them at special occasions like Diwali by sending an SMS. In this way people will feel that you are giving importance to them and they will try and approach you themselves for doing six sigma initiatives in their area.

People who know me, generally say that I am personally not good at creating relationships. But I am too good at maintaining relationships.
To withstand as a SSP, I slowly developed that quality and now people say that I am good in creating and maintaining relationships.

Motivating people:
What is Motivation?
Many people have many views.
I see motivation as a fuel which rejuvenates my mind and thoughts when I feel giving up.
Motivation can be expressed in many ways; through words, giving position, money.
For me even a smile and a hug will motivate people at times.

I always say to people "Think 1000 times before taking a task. But once u take it, never give up until you succeed". Each and every win will take you one step further.

Motivate people to think about six sigma, initially they may not be interested. But keep on telling about six sigma at every occasion and slowly their attention will turn towards you.

Learn Statistics, but don't speak statistics:
I am not a statistician, but I slowly learnt statistics. It is not that tough as people say, if you understand the problem clearly then applying statistics is very easy. And the most important point is don't speak statistics too often. Because statistics is generally considered as a Jargon by most people. That is also one of the reason, why people are little hesitant to do six sigma. You learn and apply statistics to solve problems. Try to explain your statistical approach in a common man angle and definitely people will appreciate your work.

A SSP should not be aggressive, but he must be assertive. Think innovative and do something different from others. I myself will give my experience. I never blindly accept what others ask me to do. I challenge them if it is not meaningful (never mind if its your boss). But here comes the problem, if you are aggressive in challenging then everything is gone. You must challenge them in such a way that it doesn't hurt them and at the same time you explain your view to the point.

My Personal Experience:
In addition to that, I always try to do something which will add value to the organization and also to me. Don't keep your eye on a particular process or project. Then people will try to say that you are fit for doing Six Sigma only in that particular process or project. In this way, you don't get an opportunity to learn other process and technologies. Don't restrict yourselves, try and explore opportunity. Don't wait for people to come and ask you regarding any status. Be proactive and also react assertively to certain situations. You must be like a marketing or sales person to take six sigma to different people. You must have a passion towards six sigma to become a successful professional.

Above all this, your organization must also have the passion towards six sigma. If that's not the case, then you can do either of the two things.
1) Try to change your organizations view towards six sigma. Create a passion in the management level about six sigma. These are the toughest things to do, but if done then you are the most successful SSP in the world.
2) You can change the organization, by moving into a six sigma passionate organization. Where you can learn and contribute more.

Some Quotations about Six Sigma and Quality:

"Man without data is merely expressing an opinion"

"If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it." - W. Somerset Maugham

"Quality is never an accident, it is always the result of an intelligent effort" - John Ruskin

"Self confidence is the first requisite for achieving great things." - Samuel Johnson

"People learn most rapidly when they have a genuine sense of responsibility for their actions. " - Senge


I hope that this post will at least give you an idea about a six sigma professional. Take all these points in to consideration when you wanted to change your career to six sigma. Don't worry If you don't have the above said qualities. The thing is you should at least have an interest to develop those qualities. If you don't have both, then you are choosing a wrong career.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Go Green

I was very much inspired, when I saw this photo. This was one of the image, that campaigns for the "Go Green" Initiative.
So I just thought to share some information about this term to my knowledge.
Nowadays most of the industries, especially the IT industry are using the word "Go Green". What does it really main?, many people have a question on that.
My view towards it is, that when a company decides to "Go Green", then it is aiming and achieving dual benefits. The first one, ofcourse the environmental factor. It is very good and you are saving the environment. And the second one, is cost saving factor.
Most of the companies, are adapting this strategy as a very good cost cutting initiative rather than a Environmental factor.
Energy, Water & Paper are the 3 major factors constituting in the "Go Green".
So whenever you consume them less, then it means you are creating a greener environment. All the tree are somewhere interrelated with one another.
The first we can take paper, for producing paper we need to cut trees. So when you cut trees, u get less rain. So there arises water problem. And in turn, you produce electricity using water, which is again getting affected. And this way it is an iterative interlinked cycle. So we need to reduce the consumption and keep the society green.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lean Six Sigma

The root of both Lean and Six Sigma reach back to the time when the greatest pressure for quality and speed were on manufacturing. Lean rose as a method for optimizing automotive manufacturing; Six Sigma evolved as a quality initiative to eliminate defects by reducing variation in processes in the semiconductor industry. It is not surprising that the earliest adopters of Lean Six Sigma arose in the service support functions of manufacturing organizations like GE Capital, Caterpillar Finance, and Lockheed Martin.

Key Concept

In short, what sets Lean Six Sigma apart from its individual components is the recognition that you cannot do "just quality" or "just speed," you need the balanced process that can help an organization to focus on improving service quality, as defined by the customer within a set time limit.

Lean Six Sigma for services is a business improvement methodology that maximizes shareholder value by achieving the fastest rate of improvement in customer satisfaction, cost, quality, process speed, and invested capital. The fusion of Lean and Six Sigma improvement methods is required because:

  • Lean cannot bring a process under statistical control
  • Six Sigma alone cannot dramatically improve process speed or reduce invested capital
  • Both enable the reduction of the cost of complexity

Ironically, Six Sigma and Lean have often been regarded as rival initiatives. Lean enthusiasts note that Six Sigma pays little attention to anything related to speed and flow, while Six Sigma supporters point out that Lean fails to address key concepts like customer needs and variation. Both sides are right. Yet these arguments are more often used to advocate choosing one over the other, rather than to support the more logical conclusion that we blend Lean and Six Sigma.

How is it that Six Sigma and Lean are complementary? Here’s a quick overview

Six Sigma:

  • Emphasizes the need to recognize opportunities and eliminate defects as defined by customers
  • Recognizes that variation hinders our ability to reliably deliver high quality services
  • Requires data driven decisions and incorporates a comprehensive set of quality tools under a powerful framework for effective problem solving
  • Provides a highly prescriptive cultural infrastructure effective in obtaining sustainable results
  • When implemented correctly, promises and delivers $500,000+ of improved operating profit per Black Belt per year (a hard dollar figure many companies consistently achieve)


  • Focuses on maximizing process velocity
  • Provides tools for analyzing process flow and delay times at each activity in a process
  • Centers on the separation of "value-added" from "non-value-added" work with tools to eliminate the root causes of non-valued activities and their cost
    • The 8 types of waste / non-value added work
      • Wasted human talent – Damage to people
      • Defects – "Stuff" that’s not right & needs fixing
      • Inventory - "Stuff" waiting to be worked
      • Overproduction – "Stuff" too much/too early
      • Waiting Time – People waiting for "Stuff" to arrive
      • Motion – Unnecessary human movement
      • Transportation – Moving people & "Stuff"
      • Processing Waste – "Stuff" we have to do that doesn’t add value to the product or service we are supposed to be producing.
  • Provides a means for quantifying and eliminating the cost of complexity
Did You Know?

Approximately 30% to 50% of the cost in service organizations is caused by costs related to slow speed or performing rework to satisfy customer needs.

The two methodologies interact and reinforce one another, such that percentage gains in Return on Investment Capital (ROIC%) are much faster if Lean and Six Sigma are implemented together.

In short, what sets Lean Six Sigma apart from its individual components is the recognition that you cannot do "just quality" or "just speed," you need a balanced process that can help an organization focus on improving service quality, as defined by the customer within a set time limit.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Six Sigma

Six Sigma is a philosophy. It is not a standard like CMMI or ISO. You have a problem and you find out a solution. There are no defined set of rules to find out the solution.
Six sigma gives you various methodologies like DMAIC, DFSS etc. Which makes you to think out of box and gives you a different view to the problem. You just use that methodology and find out the solution.
Six sigma is not owned by any industry. It was born in manufacturing industry and now adopted by almost all the industries in the world. You take your business to a different perspective by adopting six sigma. This has been proved in the past, whenever a new industry adopts it.
The service industry is very fast in adopting six sigma, but the IT industry is very slow in that case.

We will see the various phases of six sigma and its importance in our next posts.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

About Life

Life is something which everyone will want to live.
There are many faces(Phases) to life. It depends on how we take it.
I am a positive person in life. I wanted to live my life in my own way, and take life in the direction I travel.
Many people say "I hate this life", before saying that I wanted to ask those people one simple question "What is the meaning of life?". They will not know that, because they wouldn't have enjoyed or lived their life in thier own way.

You have to decide how you live, and don't blame the life simply.
Think positively and do things in a positive manner. The challenges that we face in our life is not a mountain, its just like the river water.
The happiness and sorrows both will not stay for a long time in a persons life, as the water in the river doesn't stay in the same place for a long time.
When you hate life or unable to face the challenges in your life, just think for a moment about any physically challenged person.
Their entire life is a challenge, each and every day is a challenge for them. But still they are living their life positively. Take them as a motivation factor and live your life in your own enjoyable way...