Why Lean and Six Sigma Integrate?
We knew we wanted to have Six Sigma Tools, that was clear.
But we also decided that what really makes change in a businesses and cleaning are the Lean tools.
Putting in a pull system, reducing batch sizes, significantly changing setup times, all of a sudden everything starts to flow.
Those are the types of things we saw over time that really made a difference in cleaing services.
Six Sigma with Lean Is the Integration of Two Powerful Business Improvement Approaches
|Six Sigma (Precision + Accuracy +VOC )
||Lean (Speed + Low Cost +Flexibility )
- Voice of the Customer (VOC)
- Statistical Process Control
- Design of Experiment
- Measurement Systems Analysis
- Failure Modes Effect Analysis
- Cause and Effect Analysis
- Hypothesis Testing
- Value stream mapping
- Bottleneck identification and removal
- “Pull” from the Customer
- Setup and queue reduction
- Process flow improvement
- Supply Chain Strategy
Integrating Lean and Six Sigma Initiatives
Lean and Six Sigma can co-exist independently, but the benefits of integration are tremendous.
- Single channel for employing limited resources
- One improvement strategy for the organization
- Highly productive and profitable synergy …while the pitfalls of not integrating them are formidable.
- Divided focus of the organization
- Separate and unequal messages for improvement
- Destructive competition for resources and projects
- Six Sigma is the “Unifying Framework”
- Six Sigma provides the improvement infrastructure
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- Over-riding methodology: DMAIC, DMEDI, DMADV
- Lean provides additional tools and approaches to “turbo-charge” improvement efforts
Tools: Set-up reduction, 5S, Kanban, Waste Reduction
Approaches: Kaizen, Mistake
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