Posted by Kelvin on March 3, 2021
As everyone knows, 2020 was an exceptionally challenging year. Many business continue to struggle through the pandemic. After all, cutting costs, improving customer retention and running business efficiently are the key elements for success. One way to get started is by investing in project management training. While general project management training is valuable, you may need a more specific focus for your business. That is where Lean Six Sigma comes in place.
Lean Six Sigma is a decades-old project management methodology designed to slash costs and boost profits using the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) model.
When exploring Lean Six Sigma’s methodology the first step is to find the root cause for the identified waste. Then you move onto seeking what the customer defines as quality. And finally, you determine the speed of getting your customer the item, or rendering the service, and you seek an appropriate method of delivery.
Although, many believe Lean Six Sigma is only for engineering and manufacturing companies, that is the first misconception. This managerial approach is built on the premise of eliminating wasteful elements and focusing simply on the customer. Having taken that quick peek of Lean, as an entrepreneur, you can now see that this philosophy applies to all businesses. Every business operates in what Lean practitioners call SIPOC, ( Suppliers, Input, Processes, Output, and Customers). Understanding that small segment of Lean thinking will open the door for you to look at the three ways to dominate your market.
The different levels of certification are divided into belt colours, similar to judo martial arts. The highest level of certification is a black belt, signifying a deep knowledge of Lean Six Sigma principles. Below the black belt is the green belt focus on the use of tools and the application of DMAIC principles. And the Yellow belt is the first level that provides awareness of Lean Six Sigma.
Lean Six Sigma was created in the United States in the 1980s as a combination of management principles and processes developed in Japan. In an attempt to compete with Japan’s better products, the United States managers adopted some Japanese manufacturing principles focusing on reducing waste without adding value actions.
Michael George and Robert Lawrence introduced Lean Six Sigma in their 2002 book, Lean Six Sigma: Combining Six Sigma with Lean Speed, as a combination and refinement of lean enterprise and Six Sigma tenets.
Since the 1990s, many companies like Boeing, Amazon, and Ford adopted Lean Six Sigma principles.
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