Friday, September 25, 2015

Lesson Learnt From The VW Scandal

I believe most people aware about the recent VW scandal. Me too.

To me, l have special feeling when l look at the case from different dimension. Mainly because l work in a Germany based company and the German culture directly or indirectly influence my behavior.

I have to admit l feel very proud to be an employee of the Germany Based company and enjoy working with the German who practice good disciplines, no compromise in quality, very focus,very detail and highly systematic. This is what l call the German Culture. These are the good thing l like to mention when talking about the German. Of course I don't forget the beer.

Almost 9 years in the company and working together with my German counterpart, l slowly recognized the secret that driving the German to be so successful today is the German Culture. I remember l tell myself before, this is the good practice l shall acquire if l want to be at their level. So, l pick it up and practice. No compromise even to myself. I can go to extreme to fail my KPI fulfillment, but l do not want to compromise with a lousy work.

This is my principle, and l think there is nothing wrong to stand firm with the  principle.

On the other hand, KPI fulfillment seem like very important in the business world. Even the CEO of the car maker willing to risk the German pride for the shake of KPI fulfillment.

I thought, this just a single event, but l was wrong. I saw another one demonstrate his intention to by pass the German culture also for the KPI recovery. I feel quite unfortunate to see such thing happen. May be, they forget their responsibility.

Again, l want to emphasis my point here. The German culture is a good culture l respect and should learn.

The lesson learnt from the scandal
- Being a leader of a multinational company. Their responsibilities is not only limited to increase value add to the share holder, they are also carry the responsibility to protect national pride.
- KPI recovery could be pretty easy, any how it is just a number game that can be explained. But once the national pride being damage by a misconduct. It is almost impossible to recover.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It Is My 5th Year Being A 6Sigma Program Lead

My manager ask me. What is my long term plan ? What I want to be in the coming five years.

Am I still want to be the six sigma program lead in the organization? In fact, I know, he is hinting me, I should consider to change my function if I wish to go next level of my career grow.

I'm shocked being post by such a difficult question. On the other hand, I should thank him for triggering me to deeply think about my future. I know, it is time for me to get out of the comfort zone n pick up new challenges.

It is not easy to give away a job that I like. But every program have its saturation stage. I need to accept the change when reaching the life cycle. This is life.

what I want to be ?

I do spend some time think about the question on the way to Munich. Yet I couldn't find an answer for me.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What Cause A Six Sigma Program Fail ?

I'm never expect the program that I put in a lot of effort to build up and grow in the past fours years has come to the stage where I need to get myself prepare to face the bad situation, that may lead to a total program failure over night.

It is quite a pity to see a program that moving on the right track, consistently delivering result, was ignored when a new management come in with new set of believe. When the management believe Six Sigma program do not deliver any value add to them, continuing maintain the program will eventually become a burden.

Since the change takes place in last April, I foresee the day will come, just a matter of time. I keep telling myself, I should take the initiative to promote the program to the new management, to help him understand better, and hopefully I can turn around the situation.

Yes, I did try several time to discuss about the program, but the end result seem not promising. I'm a bit loss, further more, rumour flying everywhere for sure affecting my motivation level in such uncertain situation.

Well, I had try my best to change the situation, they hold the power to decide whether to keep it or leave it. Just wait and see.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Recognition From China

On 9 to 10 Apr, by responding to the earnest invitation of Ms. Lu Lisa, head of IFWU LOG, and Mr. Wang James, head of IFWU Academy, Mr. Mok Fock Lin, IFMY lean master, came to Wuxi and delivered a very vivid and impressing logistic-specific lean training. 16 logistic specialists from IFWU, IFCN and IFBJ attended this two-day training at Wuxi site.

LOG specialist from Wuxi, Beijing and Shanghai shared the 6 Sigma+Lean training at Wuxi
Ever since 6 sigma + lean programs were launched at IFWU, the concept has been widely accepted among engineer and quality sections. But to supporting functions like logistic department, 6 sigma + lean is still an unknown area that's barely touched. To make the complicated LOG operation process lean and fast, the introduction of 6 sigma + lean concept becomes a necessity.
During this training, Mr. Mok Fock Lin elaborated on the basic knowledge of 6 sigma and lean. The LOG colleagues were deeply impressed by the overall introduction of detailed tools and methods to define a problem, to analyze the root cause and to make improvements. Combined with concrete logistic related examples as well as Infineon experience, we have easily acquired the steps of problem definition, root cause finding and improvements methodology, when solving a problem.
Mr. Mok Fock Lin asked us to do some simple exercises to help us easily understand how to apply the tools. We discussed in groups how to teach a 3-year-old child simple addition and subtraction by referring to the Visual Control and POKA-YOKE, which actually deepened our understanding of these two theories that can be widely applied in ware house management.

Group discssuon and presentation seesion during the training of  Visual Control and POKA-YOKE methods
As the last part of the training, we had a business scenario simulation exercise to optimize the supply chain process from order receiving to goods delivery by applying lean tools we’ve learnt. During the first round, our on time delivery was only 70% with high inventory in our premise. Next few rounds everyone gave suggestions to improve the process, Mr. Mok also provided us some guidance to apply lean tools. As a result, we achieved 100% on time delivery with 70% inventory reduction and 40% headcount reduction. “It’s unbelievable!! The training is really beneficial.” Most LOG colleagues expressed their heartfelt feelings at the end of the training.
The flowchart of supply chain process
 improvements during our practice was recorded
Ms. Lu Lisa said, “Logistic staff thought 6 Sigma + lean as a mere production topic. This training transformed our mindset totally. It helps us think systematically in our job; we learnt the tools like DMAIC , 7 wastes and Kanban etc. Next step we will define two lean projects to apply the lean tools.”
Cheng Bruce from IFCN said, “The training helps me a lot in doing daily work and projects; the concept and knowledge of 6 sigma + lean can be easily used in many logistic process.”
"My deep impression lies in  the excises which allow participants to earn how to use the lean tools to understand the weakness in process and how to improve. They  are excited with the result after improvement through excises ". Mr. Wang James expressed.
With the application of 6 Sigma + Lean in logistics function, and under the joint efforts of China LOG team, we are confident to work out higher performance logistic solutions.

China LOG Team at Infineon Wuxi

AUTHOR: Jiang Ulysses (IFWU LOG), Wang James (IFWU ACA)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

5 Why Analysis

5 Why Analysis may be comment to you especially in the industry. But what about kids development ?

I started to teach my kids analysing their problem with the methodology.
I found this tool provide an effective guidance for them to think systematically, drive them step by step toward the root cause.

I m glad to see they are now able to make use of the tool to analyse their problem and find a solution for themselves.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How To Control Number Of Decimal Point In Minitab Report 2

I blog about the problem of changing decimal point on report generate by Minitab Release 17, and Minitab confirmed user is was not allowed to reformat the data on the report generated.

It was quite annoying where I have to manually edit the report to the format I want. Anyway, I manage to find a trick today to help me overcome the formatting issue.

It is still manual, but I help to save my time a lot.

Here are the step

Step 1 : Point the mouse courser cursor at the table and right click. Select copy text

Step 2 : Copy and paste the selected text to an excel sheet and do the formatting on excel.

Step 3 : Delete the table Minitab report

Step 4 : Send the report to Power Point

Step 5 : Copy the formatted table from excel and paste it on report on Power Point

Friday, January 16, 2015

How To Control Number Of Decimal Point In Minitab Report ?

How to control number of decimal point to be report in Minitab report ?

This question come into my mind since long time ago, but I didn't really bother as it doesn't impact me too me. I have to take this seriously when I try to generate a report where I only need 3 decimal point to be show in my report.

I was using the Assistant Manu to generate a box plot as below, it is simple to use no doubt, but I spend my whole morning trying to find a way to adjust the number reporting limit to 3 decimal point.

In fact, I can't..... and I have to give up. It really spend me too much of time to hunt for the solution.

I try to write to Minitab support team to ask about the issue, answer to me was quite disappointing. Yes, I m not allow control number of decimal point to be use for Minitab reporting.

Anyway, Minitab do give me a workaround to overcome my problem, in fact, I m not really satisfy with their proposal.

Here is the solution suggested by Minitab

"As a workaround for the time being, you could consider using Stat > Basic Statistics > Store Descriptive Statistics instead of the boxplot in the Assistant menu to obtain the table of values below.  Enter C3 in the first field and the column that defines the boxes in the second field.  Click the Statistics button to select the statistics you want to display.  Once the values for N, Mean, Standard Deviation, Minimum and Maximum are stored in the worksheet, you can right click on any column and choose Format Column > Numeric.  In the new dialog box, choose Fixed decimal, and enter 2 as the number of decimals.  This way, you can control the number of decimals displayed in the output."

Monday, January 5, 2015

My 1st Impression On Minitab Release 17

Minitab is one of the statistical analysis software I’m using since many years back. I started with Release 11, follow by 12, 13, 14 and 15. To be honest, if you ask me about the different of the several version I come across. My answer to you would be: No much different or no surprise.

That is the reason why I stop to upgrade the software after Release 15.

In fact, I notice the availability of Release 17 in my company software management server quite some time ago; however I don’t take it so seriously mainly due to my previous perception.

I start to in contact with the new Release after changing my PC. Thanks to the technician setting up the PC for me, I got everything new, including the Minitab Release 17 of course.

I don’t have any experience with Release 16, therefore, Release 17 to me is a surprise. There are several interesting feature that strong enough to motivate me to further explore. The “Assistant” menu is something I find it very useful and user friendly. It makes statistical analysis much more layman, and definitely makes my training much easier.

Is not my plan to explain the feature in “Assistant” menu as I believe all Minitab user able to handle it and understand report generated.

You may take a tour at Minitab official website if you intent to know more about the product.