Lean Six Sigma

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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One hybrid of operational theories that has emerged recently is Lean Six Sigma. Lean Enterprise, by itself, focuses on eliminating waste in the production process. Six Sigma focuses on reducing standard deviation of a product down to 3.4 parts per million produced. When successfully used together, Lean Six Sigma results in an extremely controllable, streamlined operational procedure.

Lean enterprise works by systematically targeting each phase of production, and then tackling the transitions between. In order to reduce transition time (a major variable in business waste), those who are employing Lean practices must rely on a highly sophisticated organizational system. Since they wish to reduce inventory and other such non-active parts of a business, they must be organized even more.

Six Sigma can aid with producing that level of organization. Six Sigma works by first identifying the key factors that effect production quality, and then developing control methods for those factors. Once those new control systems are in place, Lean Six Sigma experts could initiate Lean arrangement procedures.

Training in Lean Six Sigma

Many candidates who receive Six Sigma training also receive partial training in Lean. For some school and training firms, Lean is a large part of the curriculum. Trainees must often learn to apply Lean and Six Sigma practices to both theoretical and practical examples, which provides them with the skills that they need to tackle any business problem and achieve results.

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