Join Steven Brown for an in-depth discussion in this video Lean Six Sigma for supply chain management, part of Lean Six Sigma Foundations.
- There's an old saying that…if you don't take care of the customer, someone else will.…Acknowledging this, every Lean Six Sigma project…touches the final customer in some manner.…Usually quality or cost or time.…Today's applications for Lean Six Sigma…have gone far beyond the factory walls,…spanning functional boundaries across the company…and extending throughout the entire supply chain.…In finding solutions and improvements,…your projects touch different aspects of the supply chain.…
Let me use inventory management as an example,…because Lean Six Sigma projects for supply chain management…commonly focus on some aspect of inventory management.…The purpose of having inventory…is to meet demand from your customers.…If you discover a problem with meeting…a particular customer's orders,…you may launch a project…to determine why you were having this problem…and to implement a solution for your customer.…You know upfront that you don't have the right inventory…in the right place at the right time,…because in this situation,…
Steven outlines the process stages in Six Sigma (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control), along with the Lean toolkit: the 5s principles, kanban (scheduling), downtime, poka-yoke (error proofing), and kaizen (continuous improvement). He also explains how leadership works within Lean Six Sigma, the principles of project execution, and how Lean Six Sigma is applied to the service sector and supply chain management. Make sure to watch the "Next steps" video at the end of the course for further resources.
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- List the three main focuses of Six Sigma.
- Explain why lean is an important element of the Six Sigma approach.
- Summarize why Control is the most important step in the Six Sigma process.
- Analyze variables to determine if they are a good performance measurement.
- Describe three typical methods of improving supply chain functions.
- Identify three things you will need in order to lead a Lean Six Sigma project effectively.