Lean Six Sigma Tools
A newly trained Lean Six Sigma/ Six Sigma/ Lean practitioner (generally refers to Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma Green Belt, Lean Master, Lean Expert, Lean Practitioner) may want to use all their newly learned tools – but in practice the Pareto principle (in this case, that 80 per cent of projects can be completed successfully by using only 20 per cent of the Lean Six Sigma tools) will apply in the choice of appropriate tools for different projects.
Here are a few tips for using the right Lean Six Sigma/ Six Sigma/ Lean tools:
✓ Consider that, used in the wrong way, even the best tools give bad results.
✓ Know what rigor is necessary and when.
✓ Remember that excellent influencing skills are as important as superb Lean Six Sigma/ Six Sigma/ Lean tools.
✓ Don’t be tempted to disappear into your own analysis paralysis.
✓ Use the methodology and the tools together. Even the most rapid improvement event will benefit from using the define, measure, analyse, improve and control stages. We have seen a DMAIC exercise carried out successfully in a one-day rapid improvement workshop.
✓ Remember that 20 percent of the tools will be used on 80 percent of projects, so do not try to force-feed every tool into a project.
✓ Keep the scope of your project simple and understandable.
✓ Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need to use a tool that you have not used since the training. Everyone needs support from time to time.
Most importantly, do not be obsessed with Lean Six Sigma / Six Sigma / Lean Tools.
(Reference : Lean Six Sigma For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by John Morgan and Martin Brenig-Jones, Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd)
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