One Approach to Process Improvement

Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Continuous Improvement, Process Improvement | 0 comments

Lean Six Sigma is the combination of two world-class approaches to business performance improvement.   The combination of these two approaches provide organizations with the ability to improve the quality of their products and services, reduce the time to deliver them, and reduce the cost to provide them to their customers.
Lean is all about improving the time it takes to deliver a product or service, reducing waste in a process, and making it more efficient.  Six Sigma on the other hand is all about reducing variation and eliminating defects and errors. 

Some organizations still try to separate the two methodologies, having the two compete for the same projects.  There are two camps; the lean camp and the Six Sigma camp.  In my view, this approach hurts the organization in the long run and fails to maximize the benefits that can be gained by combining the two approaches.  As I’ve said in previous blogs, variation and waste exist in every process.  To maximize your resources, don’t fail to take advantage of getting the most from your project improvement efforts and make these twin methodologies one approach.

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