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Process EvaluationProcess evaluation is a crucial part of project management which basically emphases on the project’s implementation process and tries to evaluate how successfully the project followed the designed strategy which is planned in the logic model. The main steps involved in the process evaluation are-Description of the intervention, defining the acceptable features of delivery, formulation of related questions, determination of project methodology, planning of the required resources and finalisation of the project management plan..It can be performed by different methods like using the lean concept that provides the suitable ways to eliminate the waste and helps in the improvement of the process or by the use of SPC or Six Sigma method to decrease the defects or variances generated in the process.Executive summary: In this competency, I am taking the example of a drug manufacturing company which is producing the drugs against bacterial infections. Here, I am discussing the process strategy of his company and perform its process evaluation by Six Sigma method to reduce defects or variances in the process. Six sigma methods are selected here because it improves the organization’s performance by its statistical, data-driven and problem-solving method.Let’s begin with the process strategy of the pharmaceutical company- The Company X is producing antibiotics using the same raw material and machines for 30 days but the quantity of drugs produced each day vary from each other as shown in the table below, which is turn affects the company’s productivity and lowers the yield. Table 1: Drug production by Company X before optimization by six sigma methodDaysNumber of drugs produced111721233119494512561207121812791461012011113121211314314118151211612017921812819114209521120221502312124112251492614427120281422911030139From this table, this is clear that even after utilizing the same material there is significant difference in the number of drugs produced per day i.e., there are faults in the process strategy due to which the production and yield of drugs varies.To improve the per day productivity and reduction of wastage of raw material, we uses here the six sigma methodology . The Six Sigma method uses a defined sequence of steps – DMAIC steps which are Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, and Control and improves the process strategy. This method statistically analyse the existing process steps and determines exactly which process elements need the improvement. Later, new alternatives were developed for improvement, select and implemented as shown below: · In the first step define- the problem of six sigma method here , the problem was defined as the non-uniform production of drugs each day. · In the second step measure- by performing the statistical analysis the variation among each days and average productivity was assessed as shown below with the help of statistical calculation and control chart.Figure1: Control chart for drug production before applying the six sigma methodThe curve here is very irregular which means there is a significant difference in drug production at each day while using the same raw material and machines. And by statistical evaluation we find that the average or mean production is 122.8 drugs per day with the lower limit of 107.67, upper limit of 137.92 and very high standard deviation of 15.12. This shows that lots of raw material and manpower is wasting on those days when less number of drugs are produced.· In the third step analyse- the different parameters used for the drug production each day like machine temperature, rotation, mixing characters, input of raw materials, process holding time and operational characteristics were assessed and check for related variations each day.· In the fourth step improve - when the parameters that are causing the variations or the operational errors identified then different strategies to improve them were designed like using same operational parameters and material inputs each day etc.· In the fifth step – These new parameters were implemented and the faults were corrected to achieve the uniform production. The drug production data of Company X by implementing the Six sigma methodology is as follows: Table 2: Drug production by Company X after optimization by six sigma methodDaysData113521363135413451356136713481369134101351113512135131341413415133161351713418135191342013421135221352313424135251342613527134281352913530134From this table, this is clear that after optimization of six sigma method there is uniformity in the number of drugs produced per day and the wastage is reduced. By statistical evaluation we find that the average or mean production is 134.63 drugs per day with the lower limit of 133.9, upper limit of 139.5 and very low standard deviation of 0.7.The process evaluation parameters are calculated as shown below: 1. Coefficient of variation = STD/mean=0.005335942. Process capability ration, Cp = UCL-LCL/6*STD = 1.436790805 = 0.3333333333. Process capability index, CPk = Minimum of (UCL-mean)/3*STD, (mean-LCL)/3*STD)=0.718 =0.33, 0.718,0.334. Minimum of (0.33, 0.33) = 0.33 here, cp is equal to Cpk means process is centered at midpoint of the data and same value of Cp and Cpk also denotes the same tolerance range and process range as shown in the control chartFigure2: Control chart for drug production after applying the six sigma method2. Summary of the Evaluation of Control Chart and Process metrics based on SPC In control chart most points are near the average and few points are near the control limits or beyond, it shows the process is centred in the middle and optimized.3. Summary of evaluation and explanation about whether the process would benefit from the use of Six Sigma methodsResults shows that use of six sigma can improved the process and bring most of the points near the average and therefore provides the uniform production of each day, increases the yield and minimize the waste of raw materials and power consumption.Description of the SPC project and recommendations for improvementThe statistical process control or SPC tools and its statistical procedures when applied in this process helps us in identifying the errors incorporated during the operational parameters and provides the solution of that which when implemented on the real time basis our production methodology was improved and we achieve high yield and uniform productivity. Therefore, six sigma methods provide the solutions for potential production and the SPC tools are highly recommendations for project improvement.Control ChartData123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930117123119941251201211271461201131211431181211209212811495120150121112149144120142110139Sheet1DaysData11172123calculation:3119Coefficient of variation = STD/mean0.1231361579494Process capability ration, Cp = UCL-LCL/6*STD30.24224038410.3333333333512561207121812791461012011113121211314314118151211612017921812819114209521120221502312124112251492614427120281422911030139122.8Average or mean (B2:B31)15.121120192Stdev S (B2:B31)45.36336057613*STD107.678879808LCL137.921120192UCL90.72672115226*STDData Mean LCLUCLControl ChartData123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930117123119941251201211271461201131211431181211209212811495120150121112149144120142110139Sheet2DaysData11352136calculation:3135Coefficient of variation = STD/mean0.00533594014134Process capability ration, Cp = UCL-LCL/6*STD1.43679080460.33333333335135Process capability index, CPk = Minimum of (UCL-mean)/3*STD, (mean-LCL)/3*STD)0.71839540230.33333333330.71839540230.33333333336136minimum of (0.33, 0.33) = 0.337134here cp is equal to CPk means process is centered at midpoint of the data.81369134same value of Cp and Cpk also denotes the same tolerance range and process range.1013511135121351313414134In control chart most points are near the average15133Few points are near the contol limits or beyond161351713418135It shows process is centered in the middle1913420134it shows that use of six sigma can imporoved the process and bring most of the points near the average.21135221352313424135251342613527134281352913530134134.6333333333Average or mean (B2:B31)0.7183954023Stdev S (B2:B31)2.15518620693*STD133.914937931LCL135.3517287356UCL4.31037241376*STDData Mean LCLUCLControl chart Drug Production Vs. DaysData123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930135136135134135136134136134135135135134134133135134135134134135135134135134135134135135134
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Process Evaluation
Process evaluation is a crucial part of project management which basically emphases on the project’s implementation process and tries to evaluate how successfully the project followed the designed strategy which is planned in the
logic model. The main steps involved in the process evaluation are-Description of the intervention, defining the acceptable features of delivery, formulation of related questions, determination of project methodology, planning of the required resources and finalisation of the project management play. It can be performed by different methods like using the lean concept that provides the suitable ways to eliminate the waste and helps in the improvement of the process or by the use of SPC or Six Sigma method to decrease the defects or variances generated in the process.
Executive summary:
In this competency, I am taking the example of a drug manufacturing company which is producing the drugs against bacterial infections. Here, I am discussing the process strategy of his company and perform its process evaluation by Six Sigma method to reduce defects or variances in the process. Six sigma methods are selected here because it improves the organization’s performance by its statistical, data-driven and problem-solving method.
Let’s begin with the process strategy of the pharmaceutical company- The Company X is producing antibiotics using the same raw material and machines for 30 days but the quantity of drugs produced each day vary from each other as shown in the table below, which is turn affects the company’s productivity and lowers the yield.
Table 1: Drug production by Company X before optimization by six sigma method
    Days
    Number of drugs produced
    1
    117
    2
    123
    3
    119
    4
    94
    5
    125
    6
    120
    7
    121
    8
    127
    9
    146
    10
    120
    11
    113
    12
    121
    13
    143
    14
    118
    15
    121
    16
    120
    17
    92
    18
    128
    19
    114
    20
    95
    21
    120
    22
    150
    23
    121
    24
    112
    25
    149
    26
    144
    27
    120
    28
    142
    29
    110
    30
    139
From this table, this is clear that even after utilizing the same material there is significant difference in the number of drugs produced per day i.e., there are faults in the process strategy due to which the production and yield of drugs varies.
For improvement of the existing process, our different teams worked at different level as discussed below and choose the best strategy.
Our research teams worked at three levels-
1. our marketing team did the...
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