Join Steven Brown for an in-depth discussion in this video Why Lean?, part of Lean Six Sigma Foundations.
- "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,…and when we think of Lean,…most of us think of the Toyota production system,…because that's what made Lean famous.…Interestingly enough, however,…that quote is from Henry Ford, Sr.…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 1920's.…
Lean, and Just In Time, are inventions of Henry Ford.…These principles were updated and refined by Toyota…after the second World War,…and they helped Japan to become a manufacturing powerhouse.…Lean concepts were reintroduced to America in the 1980's…as U.S. auto manufacturers were being seriously challenged…by Toyota, and other Japanese car makers.…At that time, there was a lot of pressure,…to improve quality and to reduce costs,…and that's what Lean is all about.…
Lean is defined as the elimination of all…non value added activities, or waste,…
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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- Why Lean Six Sigma?
- Understanding the five steps of Six Sigma
- Understanding the 5 Ss of Lean
- Leading a Lean Six Sigma project
- Controlling a Lean Six Sigma project
- Using Lean Six Sigma for services and supply chain management