Personiv’s Ops Head Halves Average ACW Handling Time - Gets Green Belt Certified.
Aside from reaching their SLA for handling time, this reduction of ACW also allows them to handle more calls each day. Not to mention the additional savings that came with it, Czarina’s project brings a considerable amount of annual savings equivalent to PHP1,163,284.
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Q. What prompted you to take the Six Sigma Workshop?
A. The Six Sigma workshop is a companywide initiative for all members of the Management Team. Our company being in the Business Process Outsourcing industry believes that Six Sigma is a necessity as we grow our business to stream line our processes, reduce non-value add steps, improve productivity, and increase revenue. We have envisioned Six Sigma to be not just part of our production processes but also part of our daily activities as well.
Q. What Prompted you to start your project?
A. As our company ventures to diversifying our services, we need to ensure that established practices for new accounts are optimized so replication will be easy for succeeding accounts. My project is the first B2B offering of our company hence, there is a drive to improve all processes.
Q. What was your project about?
A. My project is about reduction of ACW (After Call Work) handling time for my voice account from 11.30minutes to 10minutes.
Q. How was it like for you, starting up and executing your own project?
A. It was a challenge at first as we need to involve the whole team and get their buy-in on the purpose of the project. At the same time, the exercise was very enlightening as we try to understand impact of even the simplest procedure to the whole process.
Q. What were the results of your project?
A. Average ACW ended at 6.65minutes at the end of the project.
Q. What was the impact of your project to your company?
1.Meeting the SLA of 10mins/ad ACW handling time
2.Increase in # of calls handled due to shorter ACW.
1. Savings of 1.4 agents/month equivalent to $25,283 annual savings or PHP1,163,284 for the customer
"That's one reason why companies give high value for Certified Six Sigma individuals. One does not just attend a program and receive his certification, but has to successfully apply and show proper use of tools and methodology with actual work processes. One has to earn his Six Sigma certification,"- Rex Tuozo, “The Six Sigma Guy”
A. I feel accomplished being a member of the highly coveted Six Sigma belts. Aside from the bragging rights of course , after the certification, I feel more confident in implementing process improvement initiatives.
Q. What would be your message to those who are currently taking / planning to take the Green Belt Program or those who are currently conducting their own projects?
A. Begin with the end in mind. This is one of the habits I adapted from the 7 habits of Stephen R. Covey. If you have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish at the end of the project, nothing can stop you from achieving your end goal.
Q. If there’s anything else that you’d like to share about your experience, what would it be?
A. 1.Importance of gathering information – It is necessary to have a baseline before setting a target. This will quantify the gap between current and desired status of the project.
2. Immersion - To improve the overall process, one must understand every detail affecting the process. Involving rank and file/operators is the most effective way to understand all areas of a certain process. Who can best help you to complete your project but your own team.
3. Awareness and Accountability – Powerful motivation tools that can yield to positive results.
4. Recognition – Hearing the results is good but seeing the results is better. This creates healthy competition towards achieving the team goal. Ensure to recognize and acknowledge contributions, you will not be able to complete your project alone.
5. Lastly, I believe in team work and stand by the philosophy that everything is achievable if you have your team supporting you throughout the project
To be certified in Six Sigma, one has to complete an actual Six Sigma project and apply process improvement tools, methodology and techniques learned in class. "That's one reason why companies give high value for Certified Six Sigma individuals. One does not just attend a program and receive his certification, but has to successfully apply and show proper use of tools and methodology with actual work processes. One has to earn his Six Sigma certification," Tuozo said. "If you attend our Six Sigma programs, unlike other training providers, you get continuous support after the program, for no additional cost. You'll be assigned a Black Belt to help you complete your project," Tuozo added.
"If you attend our Six Sigma programs, unlike other training providers, you get continuous support after the program, for no additional cost. You'll be assigned a Black Belt to help you complete your project," –Rex Tuozo, “The Six Sigma Guy"
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