Lean Six Sigma
If you are looking for ways to reduce waste, streamline processes and reduce costs while improving quality and customer satisfaction, Lean Six Sigma may be your solution.
Discover how the integrated methodology can bring about significant improvement in quality, process speed and customer satisfaction while reducing the cost of operations.
Lean Six Sigma Methodology
Lean Six Sigma ( also known as Lean 6 Sigma, Lean Sigma) is an integration of two powerful methodologies, Lean and Six Sigma.
Lean ( originated from Toyota as Toyota Production System TPS) improves speed and reduces waste or non-value add. Six Sigma ( originated from Motorola) improves quality through reduction of defects and errors based on a robust problem solving framework of DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control). By combining the two methodologies together, the resulting integrated methodology can bring about significant improvement in quality, process speed and customer satisfaction while reducing the cost of operations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Lean methodology?
Lean is about doing more with less. The objective of Lean is to create more value for customers, while at the same time reduce the resources required. It focuses on elimination/ reduction of waste, improving flow & velocity, reducing lead time.
- What are the 5 Lean Principles?
- Value – Specify value from the point of view of the customer
- Value stream – establish all the process steps in the value stream, and remove any step that does not create value
- Flow – enable the remaining value-creating steps to occur in a very tight and integrated sequence so that the product or service can flow smoothly toward the customer.
- Pull – As flow is introduced, let customers pull value from the next upstream activity.
- Pursue perfection – As these steps lead to greater transparency, enabling further elimination of waste, pursue perfection through continuous improvement.
- What is Six Sigma?
Six Sigma is a rigorous and disciplined methodology that uses data and statistical analysis to measure and improve a company’s operational performance by identifying and eliminating “defects” in manufacturing and service-related processes. Commonly defined as 3.4 defects per million opportunities, Six Sigma can be defined and understood at three distinct levels: metric, methodology and philosophy. The goal of Six Sigma is to increase profits by eliminating variability, defects and waste that undermine customer loyalty.
What is Six Sigma methodology?
The Six Sigma DMAIC methodology is an improvement system for existing processes falling below specification and looking for incremental improvement.
Define: Define is the first step in the process. In this step, it is important to define specific goals in achieving outcomes that are consistent with both your customer’s demands and your own business’s strategy. In essence, you are laying down a road map for accomplishment.
Measure: In order to determine whether or not defects have been reduced, you need a base measurement. In this step, accurate measurements must be made and relevant data must be collected so that future comparisons can be measured to determine whether or not defects have been reduced.
Analyze: Analysis is extremely important to determine relationships and the factors of causality. If you are trying to understand how to fix a problem, cause and effect is extremely necessary and must be considered.
Improve: Making improvements or optimizing your processes based on measurements and analysis can ensure that defects are lowered and processes are streamlined.
Control: This is the last step in the DMAIC methodology. Control ensures that any variances stand out and are corrected before they can influence a process negatively causing defects. Controls can be in the form of pilot runs to determine if the processes are capable and then once data is collected, a process can transition into standard production. However, continued measurement and analysis must ensue to keep processes on track and free of defects below the Six Sigma limit.
What is Lean Six Sigma methodology?
Technically speaking, Lean and Six Sigma are two separate continuous improvement methodology. When combined, they become Lean Six Sigma which work together and complement one another to get faster results that are of higher quality. It is an effective problem solving tool and it increases the speed and effectiveness of organizational processes.
Lean Six Sigma comes with many benefits for any business or organization. Some of these benefits include delighting more customers, minimizing costs, maximizing profits, and building better and more collaborative teams.
- What is the benefits of Lean Six Sigma?
There are many benefits of Lean Six Sigma implementation:
- Streamlines processes
- Improves velocity (lead time) – reduces delay and idle time
- Improves quality – reduces defects and errors
- Reduces cost of operations
- Reduces inventory
- Improve productivity
- Improves customer satisfaction
- Improves Profits
- Is Lean Six Sigma only applicable to manufacturing industry?
Lean Six Sigma is applicable to both the manufacturing and service industries. Some of the industries/ sectors are listed as follows:
- Financial Institutions
- Shared Services Centre (SSC)
- Research & Development (R&D)
- MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) Operations
- Public Service and Government
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