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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. 

FedEx and UPS are making a paradigm shift in the way they price small parcels, and it will have a significant impact on all companies that rely on them for their services

With the start of a new year, it’s a great time to shed old habits and paradigms. Let’s buck the status quo! We’ve listed out 15 MRO Resolutions for 2015 – the year we think differently.