I've just finished my Six Sigma Green Belt course yesterday and to receive the certification I'll have 6 months to develop a Six Sigma project. It can be literally anything, in your job, in your house, in your lifestyle, anything... But I was thinking of doing it in a small brewery here in my city, because I am a beer lover and home brewer myself.
Craft Breweries in my city / country are very young yet. The one I am looking to offer my project (for free) is not even 2 years old, so I am guessing they have almost zero to zero programs to improve process quality or something related. Which may be a good thing, because there might be a lot of room to work in. For me the problem is that brewing can be a 'very slow' and complex process, so I am having trouble thinking of / identifying opportunities in the brewery.
But before anything, I need them to accept me in this project. Of course, I am offering it for free but they need to see a purpose and value in what I want to offer. With that in mind, what kind of improvement can I offer to a microbrewery, even without knowing their full processes beforehand?
I am working on a project that is not necessarily for a lean six sigma certification, but I would like to follow the DMAIC format to execute against because I am familiar with it. I am working on improving the planning function (for materials at my company) and it largely rotates around providing the planner with a better spreadsheet to plan off of. The idea I have is if the planner has access to more relevant information at once as opposed to drowning in less important information he/she will be able to make better decisions in regards to what material needs to be ordered. This should have an impact on our inventory levels, which is something I can measure... but how do I "measure" the impact of creating a new spreadsheet for the planners to use?