Join Steven Brown as he explores the history of Lean. Learn how to apply Lean tools and methods to eliminate anything that does not provide value to your process.
- Many of the principles of lean production … go back to Henry Ford in the 1920s, … who believed that you should eliminate anything … that does not provide value. … That's the basic premise of lean. … James Womack and Daniel Jones became famous … with their 1990 book … on Toyota's lean manufacturing approach. … They outlined five key principles … of this approach to value. … Determine value for the specific product. … This is where you determine your performance metrics. … Identify the value stream for that product. … Applying process mapping tools, … you can determine the steps that add value to your product … and the steps that do not. … Make value flow without interruptions. … Applying the principles of lean … and their problem solving tools, … you eliminate those non-value-added steps. … Let the customer pull value from the manufacturer. … This is the basis of just-in-time manufacturing … that tells you to only produce what is needed … to satisfy customer demand. … Pursue perfection, and this is the foundation …
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.
- 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.