Communication is Extremely Important in a Lean Six Sigma Deployment

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Lean Six Sigma | 0 comments

Communication is important in any initiative, but none as important than in a Lean Six Sigma deployment. It starts with communicating the vision and making sure everyone is on board.  Top leadership must incorporate messages in their daily activities.  They must discuss how these activities are in alignment or not in alignment with the vision.  They must walk the talk.  Company newsletters and other communication  formats must continually convey this vision.

Deployment champions and department managers must communicate the projects conducted in their areas. Bulletin boards and department communication must emphasize them.  Communication to the various project stakeholders is important so that differences can be resolved.

Teams need to be congratulated at every opportunity.  At tollgates, project reviews, staff meetings, etc. every effort should be made to thank the teams for meeting their goals, saving money, and making the organization more efficient.  Team members need to be recognized for certifications as Green Belts, Black Belts, or Master Black Belts.

In deploying a successful Lean Six Sigma initiative, my experience is that you can’t over communicate in getting the message out and should be done on a daily basis.

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