Join Steven Brown for an in-depth discussion in this video Why Lean Six Sigma?, part of Lean Six Sigma Foundations.
- "If you do what you always did,…"you get what you always got."…What better reason to always be improving.…This saying is from an engineering textbook,…and it explains why we do Lean Six Sigma.…We want to do things differently,…so we get better results.…Lean Six Sigma is the application…of Lean principles and Six Sigma methodology…at the same time.…Now that may seem rather simplistic,…but it's a very important concept to grasp.…
There actually is not a specific Lean Six Sigma methodology,…or model, or set of principles.…Few companies have people who are experts…in both Lean and Six Sigma.…How Lean Six Sigma is applied is up to you.…You combine Lean's tools…for reducing cycle time, for example,…with the problem-solving ability of Six Sigma.…Some projects need more emphasis on Lean,…and other projects may need more emphasis on Six Sigma.…
The problem itself and your desired results…will determine the proper mix of skills.…The use of Lean and Six Sigma in combination…has, in most cases, evolved naturally.…For example, a company may have started a Lean project…
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.