Join Steven Brown as he explains how the principles of Lean can help you eliminate waste in your department and in your organization.
- We will not put into our establishment … anything that is useless. … That's a pretty good definition … for what we call today the lean approach. … You see, the principles of lean production … were first established at Ford Motor Company, … and they were recorded in several books … Mr. Ford wrote in the 1920s. … These principles were updated and refined … by Toyota after the Second World War, … and they helped Japan to become a manufacturing powerhouse. … Lean is defined as the elimination … of all non-value-added activities, or waste. … Although most people associate lean … with the production floor, … the principles apply equally well … to all parts of the organization and its supply chain. … Examples of waste within the organization include … unnecessary steps or activities, rework, … waiting time, unnecessary movement of people or material, … and excess inventory. … The goal of lean is to find those areas of waste … and to permanently eliminate them. … Lean efforts are greatly enabled …
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.