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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.

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What is Lean?

Lean is a set of principles and practices for streamlining processes and eliminating waste in order to increase efficiency and productivity. 

Key elements of Lean include standardized workflows, value-stream mapping, Kanban systems, and Just-in-time inventory management.

By optimizing processes and eliminating unnecessary steps, organizations using Lean are able to reduce costs, increase quality and respond more quickly to customer needs.

Some of the benefits of adopting a Lean approach include improved speed and agility, lower operating costs, increased competitiveness, and increased employee engagement and satisfaction.

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.

 

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. 

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.

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.

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