Quick Solver

Quick Solver

Is it that Quick?

The market has been very dynamic for years now, since the innovation of the world wide web “WWW” and its revolutionary communication; being the soil that in it grew the social media platforms. The Telecommunication leap with mobile phone and Voice Over IP “VOIP”.  It is becoming obvious the correlation between technology, communication advancement, globalization, and the speed of dynamics of the market we live in.

The need for methodologies to solve problems we face every day is becoming more explicit; At Pinnacle we passionately believe in using Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology & it’s tools to help achieve our Client’s business goals.

In some cases, the speed and intensity of change the problem is causing may render using the scientific approach and the full fledge Lean Six Sigma Process appear to be trying to solve a problem that does not exist anymore. It is too slow for the dynamics.  

And here it comes Pinnacle mastering of “QwikSolver”

To put it rather simplistically it is an abridged yet powerful version of the backbone of LSS – the DMAIC process (stands for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control Process). The tool in extremely cross-functional as well as can be used by linear departments i.e. Operations, Sales, Finance etc.

Developed by Xerox, it could not be truer in the belief that use of LSS principles by all employees at all levels ,will form not only the foundation of continuous improvement, but one which lead to sustainable quality in performance.

(Designed & used internally initially, Xerox now sells it as a training program.)

Based on Lean Six Sigma

As most professionals, who have either been exposed or have been trained on LSS a “full blown” Lean Six Sigma Project, would know and would have experienced the multiple tiered project resources and timelines. Qwiksolver is precisely designed to address situations that have been identified to not require an intense amount of time & team.

While rolling out this tool in an organization the target audience is the frontline who then can use the tool and do not necessarily have to be LSS certified.

There is a consensus on the tool appealing to the length and breadth of an organization and it is acceptance comes from it being data centric decision-making and easy application of various methodologies.

The tool almost summarizes the philosophy & implementation of the Lean principles, which target

  • Overproduction
  • Delays
  • Over stocking
  • Unnecessary movement of people & inventory
  • Unnecessary or incorrect processing
  • Elimination rework to fix mistakes
believe in using Lean Six Sigma

The desired result from the use of this tool is for everyone in the organization to contribute to its day-to-day decision-making & problem solving.  The design is for use across pan organization and since it is a simple 5-step method it’s pretty much doable to help improve problem solving as well as speed.

5 steps that makes QwikSolver work

  • Step 1 – Define the issue/problem to be solved – Should be measurable & specific
  • Step 2 – Measure what matters – Assess the current situation & its impact on the business
  • Step 3 – Analyze the cause(s) – Tools used such as Pareto, Trend chart, Fishbone & 5 Why’s
  • Step 4 – Improve the situation – Usually a brainstorming session wherein ideas are shared
  • Step 5 – Control the future – Implemented solution & agreement on periodic check points

Due to its “simple yet powerful” ease of use, it is used from reasoning out a problem, to identifying its cause right till its last stage of resolving the problem and with the help of adequate facts and data concluding with selecting the appropriate next steps/actions.

Typically, a team or an individual would use the below template for a Qwiksolver session –

What situation do we need to resolve?

List the resources (information, data, people) that are needed and how they can be obtained.

What is the current situation, and what is the impact to the business?

What caused this situation? How do we know?

What is the solution?

How do we maintain the solution? 

Conclusion...

Since one does not need to be certified to use the tool and due to its simplicity of use this tool remains an all time favorite of a team or an individual. Added to this important factor is the fact that this tool provides a common language and method to solve day-to-day issues and challenges.

Hence to summarize, QwikSolver is an easy & flexible tool with proven approach, that establishes credibility to any decision made, as it relies heavily on facts and data.

In Pinnacle, our service delivery consultants will be able to help you assess quickly your workplace through our assessment methodology and design and recommend the best plans based on 5S and deploy the plans in your workplace, whether it is an office, production room, factory, or manufacturing facilities.

Our Audit Team will be able to support in continuous improvements and making sure that what our consultants team have agreed upon with you and your team is implemented so that your business achieve the cost efficiency and effectiveness in process you desire to be competitive.  

Pinnacle is a multi-countries consultancy firm, our consultants are spread around the world; we have built our organization on modern business model with agility, diversity, and resilience to the business dynamics, we have chosen our technology platform to support our modern mindset thus we work from anywhere …. As work is not a place anymore. We implement Lean Six Sigma in everything we do whether internally or externally at our client sites.  

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This article is written by:
Shanu Joshi
Pinnacle Service Delivery Consultant
Pinnacle Ltd.

Pinnacle Ltd. is a multi-countries modern consultancy firm, with offices around 13 countries in 4 continents, and 34 consultants working remotely and virtually managed.

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