@RISK: A Tool for the Six Sigma Practitioner’s Tool Box

Last month, I attended a free webinar, Minitab Methods to Deal with “Bad” Data, which was given by Master Black Belt Rick Haynes of Smarter Solutions, which I previously wrote about.  If you didn’t attend or have a chance to read the article, or watch the archived video, I strongly suggest you do.

Since then, I have been in contact with Mr. Haynes and was very happy to hear he is proponent of using @RISK, and recommends all of his students to consider adding it as a tool to their Six Sigma tool box. Below are his thoughts:

“Lean Six Sigma methods are all about solving problems.  When you start proposing improvements outside of the current wisdom, it is quite difficult to support a recommendation.   The creation of a simple Y = F(x) model of an actual system, using @RISK and Excel, provides a platform that you are able to provide very accurate estimates of future performance that are very compelling to the executive leadership with little or no investment at risk. No other tools in the Lean Six Sigma tool box provide this ability like process simulation.  All Black Belts and Master Black Belts can benefit from the use of simulation, particularly in transactional and service processes where experimentation and pilot testing is nearly impossible.” – Rick Haynes, Master Black Belt and Statistician, Smarter Solutions Inc.

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