Anantha Kollengode

Anantha (Andy) Kollengode has worked as Quality Improvement Advisor at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, for over two years. Prior to joining Mayo, Kollengode spent 10 years in the food industry in various capacities implementing Quality Assurance, Continuous Improvement, Lean and Six Sigma. Kollengode has his Ph.D. in food science and technology from University of Nebraska and an MBA from Washington University, St. Louis. Kollengode is an ASQ-certified Quality Manager/Operational Excellence, Six Sigma Black Belt and a senior member of ASQ. Kollengode has 10 peer-reviewed publications. In the last year, Kollengode presented at the American College of Surgeons, Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Mayo Quality Conference and Society for Health Systems conference and Industrial Engineering Research Conference.

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The histogram, one of the seven quality tools, is very effective in displaying the distribution of data. It’s particularly valuable if there are a large number of observations, as the tool quickly conveys the shape of the data distribution. The histogram visually presents the data of tabulated frequencies as consecutive, non-overlapping...Full Article »
Thank you for visiting PEXNetwork.com. For more recent articles on process improvement and operational excellence, check our latest articles.The cause and effect diagram is an easy yet powerful tool commonly used in a cross functional setting to visually describe the potential root causes for a specific problem in question. The tool lends...Full Article »
Finally, the spring season is here, and my family and I have begun planning a road trip for this summer. One of the places we would like to visit is the Yellowstone National Park and we are set on seeing the Old Faithful geyser eruptions. To witness this natural wonder, we could plan to stay at the park for half a day or we could use data to our...Full Article »
The check sheet is another simple and effective tool useful in Lean Six Sigma projects. It is sometimes referred to as a concentration diagram or location plot. It is a handy tool for both qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis. Check sheets help to systematically collect and organize data and is useful in the all phases of the...Full Article »
For the next several months, I will be writing about some simple yet very effective Lean Six Sigma tools to tackle waste, inefficiency and variation in healthcare. In this column we will look at the Lean Six Sigma tool, the spaghetti map (also referred to as the spaghetti chart or the spaghetti diagram). The spaghetti map is a simple Lean Six...Full Article »
Healthcare costs in the United States are rising faster than economic growth, making it unaffordable for an increasing proportion of the population. The problem is compounded by the aging population, the healthy opting out of insurance thereby increasing costs for those insured, and the fee-for-service model. As a result of this problem, the...Full Article »
At the recently concluded 5th IQPC Annual Process Excellence conference in Chicago, several presentations centered on Process Excellence and its impact on the organization. This article provides an overview of Process Excellence and the role of leadership in implementing Process Excellence in an organization. What is Process Excellence?...Full Article »
Metrics and dashboards play an integral and critical part of process improvement efforts. Metrics complement the Six Sigma methodology by providing vital signs of the effectiveness and the efficiency of the process improvement efforts.Metrics help the organization focus on the most critical business factors (Key Performance Indicators, KPI) that...Full Article »
Every organization serves a unique need for the customer. And a key feature that differentiates a successful organization from a not so successful organization is that a successful one listens to what the customer needs and creates products and services that exceed the expectations. I personally believe that healthcare attracts the most dedicated...Full Article »
Over the past several issues we've discussed the Define, Measure, Analyze and Improve phases in achieving zero retained foreign objects. In this article, we will examine the critical but often overlooked fifth step in the Six Sigma DMAIC process, the Control phase. The Control Phase of the Six Sigma DMAIC Model In the Control phase,...Full Article »
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