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Spend Matters recently wrote about why procurement organizations should take a fresh look at their MRO and be more strategic, rather than just reducing supply chains down to a reductionist spend taxonomy.

The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.

Here’s where the Six Sigma project team starts identifying and implementing solutions. The solution should significantly reduce the influence of the main causes identified in the Analyze phase. Along with the improvements, the team creates a plan to evaluate the solution(s) and monitor ongoing performance.

You've identified the "big Y." Now what? The Analyze phase is the time to start looking for the root causes of the issues that broke the process. SDI Master Black Belt, Paula Hasbrouck, breaks down the DMAIC process, one letter at a time. 

Last month, SDI's Paula Hasbrouck talked about the Define phase of the Six Sigma methodology. This month, she talks about Measure phase, where current state data is translated into meaningful and reliable information. 

Six Sigma is a process improvement methodology that takes a scientific approach to resolving process problems, reducing errors and creating quality products, services, teams and organizations. It uses proven management tools that have been around longer than Six Sigma itself.

In the excitement and chaos of the holiday season, I overlooked this article in Supply&Demand Chain Executive that summarizes the results of a 2014 MRO supply chain study, but I'm glad I came across it now. The results of the survey reflect a very accurate perspective...

Recently I came across an article titled, Bridging the Generational Gap of B2B Procurement, and felt that the article was spot on. As a procurement professional who falls right in the middle of the millennial timeline, I could relate to the author’s take on the procurement process.

I came across this Supply Chain Management Review interview with ISM CEO Tom Derry about how innovation and sustainability are what's driving procurement outsourcing during this relatively modest economic recovery.  

A recent article in Forbes Magazine prompts an exploration into how industrial smart devices are already being utilized in the MRO supply chain.