Six Sigma DMAIC Project

GE Medical Systems GE Healthcare Institute

Project Leader/Green Belt: Christine Mahlkuch-Romagna Project Leader Title: Senior Deskside Support Engineer/Americas Site Support Leader Project Start Date: February 26, 2003

Master Black Belt: Steven Bonacorsi

Six Sigma in Action Depot Repair Cycletime
Customer Profile – 2000 GEMS Employees Visit Daily Business Problem & Impact
GEMS employees visiting the GEHI for classes or meetings experience long cycle times averaging 134 min when their laptop needs Re-Imaging.  ITS Productivity cost = $18,760 Annually  Customer Productivity cost = $34,840 Annually Process Capability – Before
USL = 90 minutes Mean = 133.67 StDev = 78.63 Z_ST = 75.86

Measure & Analyze
Data Collection: Cycle Time to Reimage a Laptop. The existing process sigma was -.57. Root Causes: Size of Data was identified as the root cause.

Improve & Control
• Documentation was implemented to ensure proper procedures were followed in gathering the users appropriate data. • Appropriate teams were notified of proper procedures for contacting Support and tools for faster contact were implemented. Clarify metrics are reviewed weekly.

Process Capability – After
USL = 90 minutes Mean = 36.8 StDev = 5.6

Results/Benefits
 ITS Productivity cost = $5,180 Annually  Customer Productivity cost = $9,620 Annually • Improving process from 134 to 37 minutes, to meet customer CTQ <= 90 minutes! • After the 4 month project, the customer saved US $12,962 as a result of reduced end user downtime.

Z_ST = 5.71

A savings of US$38.8K in 2003!

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