The Basics of Lean Six Sigma

If you are wanting to learn and understand the concepts of streamlining a business process, then this is where you want to be. We will introduce you to the methodologies of Lean, Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma. People with no experience in this area can get an idea of what this is all about.

Let’s Dive Straight Into L6S

Systematically removing waste and reducing variation to improve overall performance through a team effort is the method known as Lean Six Sigma. It is a combination of Lean and Six Sigma to eliminate eight kinds of waste: Defects, Over-Production, Waiting, Non-Utilized Talent, Transportation, Inventory, Motion, and Extra-Processing.

Not only is Lean Six Sigma about reducing process defects and waste, however it provides an important framework for cultural change when it comes to continuous improvement. If you or your company/organization introduce the principles of Lean Six Sigma, the large beneficial asset is the change in the mindset of an organization by having employees think about efficiency and increasing profitability.

If you want to successfully bring Lean Six Sigma into your daily work or into your company culture, then you’ll need a combination of tools from both lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. A few of these tools include kaizen, value-stream mapping, line balancing, and visual management.

Lean

Focuses on waste reduction by streamlining a process.

Six Sigma

Focuses on preventing defects through problem-solving.

Lean Six Sigma

Lean strengthens Six Sigma. Problem solving + improving processes delivers greater results.

Lean Methodology

What is Lean?

Lean is a systematic approach to reduce or eliminate activities that don't add value to the process. It emphasizes removing wasteful steps in a process and ensuring that we only utilize value-added steps. The Lean method ensures high quality and customer satisfaction.

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Six Sigma

What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is a data-driven problem-solving methodology. The focus is on process variations and emphasis is given to customer satisfaction. Continuous process improvement with low defects is the goal of this method.

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Harnessing the power of Lean & Six Sigma

What is Lean Six Sigma?

The combination of these two methods helps to develop streamlined processes with high quality & results. It improves bottom-line profits and helps meeting business goals.

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The Five Basic Phases

Lean Six Sigma is an effective methodology used to fix a problem. Simply put, Lean Six Sigma helps you identify the cause of a problem and implement a fix based on facts, rather than assumptions. This produces improved results and success that you and your team, managers and organizations can be proud of. It is based on common sense practices and is completed in five phases:

DMAIC

Define

What problem would you like to fix?

Measure

Map the current process to collect data.

Analyze

Investigate and identify what causes the problem.

Improve

Implement a fix that will solve the problem.

Control

Sustain the improved results.
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Lean Six Sigma is easily utilized

Albeit it sounding complex and difficult using Lean Six Sigma doesn’t need to be intimidating. In contrast to the often confusing and seemingly complex information most Lean Six Sigma resources on the web provide, in reality the methodology is quite understandable.

Lean Six Sigma is based on a set of clear principles and can be implemented on any process within any industry – ranging from manufacturing to services, regardless of company size – whether small to medium business or large enterprises.

Lean Six Sigma Helps People Grow & Improves Morale

An added benefit of Lean Six Sigma is not only that it increases revenue and reduce costs, however, it positively will affect employees by enabling them which then improves morale.

If your company successfully executes Lean Six Sigma projects, you’ll build the confidence and develop the capability of your business’ most vital resource – your employees. Studies show that when employees feel that they have a positive affect on the organization, they perform better and are more accountable.

On a personal level, knowing what Lean Six Sigma is and how to utilize it will allow you to look at the way things are done from a different perspective.

Who can benefit from Lean Six Sigma?

From small to medium sized businesses to large corporations

Lean Six Sigma works for anyone, anywhere whether you are part of small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), a large corporation or in the public sector.

The benefits of knowing Lean Six Sigma are boundless, as it helps increase revenue and reduces costs, while enabling an organization to free up resources allowing people to really execute on value-added activities rather then things that cost time and money.

Industries

Financial Services

Budgets across companies continue to get smaller and resources are more limited than usual, so Lean Six Sigma will allow companies to shorten the time to sign up new customers, reduces the time to provide customer service and brings revenue in faster.

Healthcare

Healthcare costs are skyrocketing and an aging population means increased stress on healthcare services. By applying Lean Six Sigma within the healthcare industry you can increase the amount of time care providers are able to spend with patients, reduce the time spent on paperwork, and reduce the time people spend waiting for care, waiting for claims or waiting for a call.

Technology

As consumers increasingly rely on technology, Lean Six Sigma helps businesses by delivering products with fewer defects, decreasing returns and more.

Your Industry

Lean Six Sigma has been applied successfully to virtually any industry. All you need to do is learn how to utilize Lean Six Sigma so that you can increase revenue, reduce costs and improve collaboration within your organization.

Lean Six Sigma Belts

Professionals who earn Lean Six Sigma certification become key stakeholders in improving the quality of operations within their organizations. They strive to eliminate variation in manufacturing and business operations by implementing standard processes and establishing metrics that minimize the potential for defects.

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Understands the structure and goals of Lean Six Sigma

Use basic Lean Six Sigma  vocabulary terms

Reports process issues to green and black belts

Understands basic Lean Six Sigma concepts

Reports process issues to Green Belts and Black Belts

Participates on project teams and receives just-in-time training

Starts and manages Lean Six Sigma projects

Has Lean Six Sigma expertise but in less detail than black belts

Provides just-in-time training for others

Can report to a Master Black Belt

Has advanced Lean Six Sigma expertise

Functions as a coach, mentor, teacher, and project leader for project teams

Works with leaders to identify gaps and select projects

Coaches, mentors, teaches, monitors and leads projects

Responsible for Lean Six Sigma implementation and culture change

Executive leader who drives initiative

Helps select projects and remove barriers for project teams

Support change and develops a Lean Six Sigma culture