Understanding Lean Six Sigma

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Continuous Improvement, Lean | 1 comment

Lean is a body of knowledge and tools to remove all non-value-added time, activity, and waste from processes.  Whether you work for a government agency, small business, large corporation, hospital, school, or any other organization, your company exists to provide value to your customers.
The benefits of lean include the removal of non-value-added activity, reduction of waste, reduction of lead times and inventories, reduced cycle time, improved cash flow, decreased overtime, reduction of defects and errors, improved productivity, and increased customer satisfaction.
Six Sigma on the otherhand is all about reducing variation in your products and processes.  Variation is caused by differences in people, material, method, equipment, measurement, and good old mother nature.  The tools of Six Sigma help you define, measure, analyze, improve, and control these sources of variation.  By eliminating or reducing variation you make your products and processes more consistent and increase customer satisfaction.
The combination of lean and Six Sigma techniques make for a powerful continuous improvement process that any organization, no matter how small or large, can use to focus their improvement efforts.

One Response to “Understanding Lean Six Sigma”

  1. Short and simple explanation on the function of six sigma and lean(TPS). To become more competitive in market, six sigma is not enough, the combination of Lean and six sigma will be perfect

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