Lean & Six Sigma™
Lean & Six Sigma™ is a two staged business approach to continual improvement which focuses on reducing waste and variation from manufacturing, service or design processes.
Lean refers to maximizing customer value and minimizing waste; creating more value for customers with less wasted resources. Six Sigma is the on-going effort to continually reduce process and product variation through a defined data-driven project approach. Combined, the two approaches drive continual improvement, building a philosophy that is the foundation of all effective quality management systems and any business that wants to grow and progress for the future.
What is Six Sigma?
Six Sigma is a methodology focused on creating breakthrough improvements by managing variation and reducing defects in processes across the enterprise. Six Sigma is a business strategy that employs well‐structured continuous improvement methodology and statistical tools to reduce defects and process variability.
It is a quality discipline that focuses on product and service excellence. Six Sigma has been employed in numerous companies to reduce operating cost, increase sales and revenue, increase reliability, incorporate innovation in products and services, increase productivity and profitability. Where the objective of a Six Sigma program is to reduce the variation in the process to the extent that the likelihood of producing a defect is virtually non‐existent.
What is Lean & Six Sigma?
Lean is easy to implement and produces fast results, reducing the time from your customer request to the delivery of your product/service and eliminating non-value added steps in any work process. A lean organization is one that supports the concept of continuous improvement, a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve small, incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality.
Six Sigma concentrates on more complex issues, using statistical tools to reduce variability in product or service quality, thereby reducing costs. Combining the two approaches produces powerful, long-lasting change.