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WHAT IS SIX SIGMA? DMAIC Basic methodology to improve existing processes

  • Define out of tolerance range.
  • Measure key internal processes critical to quality.
  • Analyze why defects occur.
  • Improve the process to stay within tolerance.
  • Control the process to stay within goals.

DMADV Basic methodology of introducing new processes.

  • Define the process and where it would fail to meet customer needs.
  • Measure and determine if process meets customer needs.
  • Analyze the options to meet customer needs.
  • Design in changes to the process to meet customers needs.
  • Verify the changes have met customer needs.

What is Lean?" Lean is an operational strategy oriented toward achieving the shortest possible cycle time by eliminating waste. It is derived from the Toyota Production System and its key thrust is to increase the value-added work by eliminating waste and reducing incidental work. The technique often decreases the time between a customer order and shipment, and it is designed to radically improve profitability, customer satisfaction, throughput time, and employee morale.

How has Hunt Search Applied Lean & Six Sigma? Client Focus. Standardized Work Best Practices. Performance Metrics. Consultant Compensation.

Client Focused Speedy Execution. Integrity. Long-term focus; Relationship Oriented. Client Interests Come First. Comprehensive Assessment of Candidates. Thorough Canvassing of Candidate Pool. Accurate Information. Knowledge of Client's Corporate Culture.

BEST PRACTICES Specific list of target companies. Development of a comprehensive Position Specification. Customized Questionnaire for screening candidates. 200 contacts made within three weeks. Standardized resume formatting with consistent information on each candidate. Weekly written status report. Weekly/bi-monthly status calls. Customized candidate referencing.

BEST PRACTICES IN RESEARCH The "process" begins with above "industry standard" resources in research (4:1). Significant capital investment is in research. 100 qualified and validated bios on the source list within five business days. Database integrity ensures speed and thoroughness. Compensation plan for research/project staff is directly tied to quality and quantity output.

COMPENSATION Most significant variable is "repeat business." Substantial bonus potential for "teaming" with in-house expertise. Incremental bonus for placements within 90 days. Rewarded for multiple placements within one client. Ensures compliance with firm's Best Practices. Proactively manages search activities.

BENEFITS OF THE Lean-Sigma APPROACH Mutual Accountability. Communication as a "product". Consistency. Consultants fully engaged in search execution. Few "Off-limits" issues. SPEED due to capacity control and unified focus on search execution. Long-term relationship focus.