Join Chris Croft for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking briefly at Lean and Six Sigma, part of Process Improvement Foundations.
- A lot of the things I've been discussing in this course…are parts of what are known as Lean Thinking and Six Sigma.…I feel a bit of love and hate for these…because they contain lots of good ideas,…but as programs I think they have some difficulties.…Six Sixma doesn't really contain anything new.…It's really about training your senior managers…in known quality improvement techniques…like SPC, quality circles, and some of the other things…I've been covering on this course.…
The difference is that it's not the quality department,…it's your senior managers who are seconded…onto the six sigma projects and who drive it.…i like that idea although I can see some problems…with persuading them to give up their jobs…for a couple of years to join a quality improvement program.…Six Sixma has recently combined itself with Lean…to give it extra weight.…And Lean does indeed include lots of great ideas.…Again, I've been covering my favorite ones on this course.…Things like reducing queues, bringing in pull systems,…identifying bottle necks, and reducing batch sizes.…
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- Measuring processes
- Using statistical process control
- Optimizing the quality, cost, and time trade-off
- Understanding queues
- Reducing cost by reducing waste
- Improving delivery time
- Thinking about batch sizes
- Understanding Lean and Six Sigma processes