Monthly Archives: March 2015

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Social Security data says 6.5M in U.S. reach age 112

The data is the data when it’s not the data…. As a rule, when data is collected from any source, either known or unknown, all professionals need to apply sensitivity analysis to verify the data’s accuracy.  This article proves this point clearly.  The data collected was social security information in which the birth date is […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: RFID Uptake in Manufacturing

This is a pleasant surprise.  Seeing the technology catch the Lean strategies for proper implementation of pure value added value chains for the customer is positive affirmation that the Lean Six Sigma methodology is becoming more common in business practices. For background detail, the use of RFID technologies enhances the entire value chain and across […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Six Sigma in the Spotlight

For most downloaded topics in engineering, it is clear to see that Lean, quality, and Six Sigma are the clear leaders.   Developed in 1986 at Motorola and became mainstream in 1995 by General Electric, it is not surprising that Six Sigma is among the top aspects for problem solving. The Six Sigma methodology is the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Why the Financial Crisis Took Economists By Surprise

This article is an excerpt from Alan Greenspan’s latest book, “The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting”.  As Lean Six Sigma professionals, we also value data and statistical modeling to solve problems.  We need to realize as Greenspan indicates don’t discount the negative tail in your analysis or the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: There’s never been a better time to take risks, Invest today to stop the Wealth Gap

After watching the President’s State of the Union address, I had to think back on how we got to this point and what are we trying to accomplish. Tax policy is supposed to generate enough money to support the Federal government operations and to encourage/discourage behaviors. Without prioritizing our metrics or focus, we end up […]