DMAIC is an acronym for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control.
I grew up on a horse farm, so there was always a lot of work to do. The farm had over 50 horses, so I had to spend a lot of time feeding and attending to them. I also had to spend a lot of time mowing grass and cleaning up after the horses too. As a kid, I was always looking for ways to make the work easier while producing better results. At first, I did it because I didn’t want to work so hard.
After a while, I wanted to raise side money for myself, so I went about opening a lemonade stand at the end of the driveway. I couldn’t open the lemonade stand until I had all of my farm work done. This gave me a lot of motivation at a young age. It also gave me a lot of reason to think about how to improve the processes.
As I grew, there were more chores like fencing building, working on tractors, and taking care of the cows. I also couldn’t survive on the money from the lemonade stand money that I was making for too long. It was tough, especially as a kid.
The need to do better always had me thinking about the processes that it took to accomplish my chores. There was always room for improving the tasks at hand. I find that is still true in the businesses I am running today.
The college years
In college, at Baylor University, I, like many others, was a very distracted young man. Getting through school just was not easy. My entrepreneurial mind never stops. In my sophomore year, I began a T-shirt printing company called J.C. Printing. It became the 3rd largest garment printing company in Waco Texas. My Junior year, I started another company called “Care Packages from Home.” It grew very fast. In my senior year, I and a classmate and started a company called “The Student Coupon Book”. Overall, I did pretty well with the businesses.
After, college, I decided to merge my business and sell it. The business sold it for a price in the low six figures.