Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a rigorous and systematic framework for improvement based on the use of data and its statistical analysis. It focuses on measuring and improving operational performance by identifying and eliminating "waste" in business processes.

Six Sigma originated in Motorola at the beginning of the 80’s and was subsequently developed and integrated with the philosophy of Lean Thinking, by companies like General Electric and Caterpillar Inc.

Why Lean Six Sigma?

The fusion of Lean and Six Sigma is appropriate because:

  • Lean manufacturing does not have the tools to improve process capability
  • Six Sigma does not have the tools to improve flow and flexibility to cope with variation in customer demand

Lean Six Sigma together produce fasis a methodology that maximizes shareholder value by obtaining the result of faster improvement in terms of:

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Reduced Costs
  • Quality Improvement
  • Increasing process capability
  • Reduction in working capital/inventory

The success of Lean Six Sigma is due to several factors:

  • Structured process for development projects (DMAIC). The standard process of problem solving ensures that decisions are taken from data analysis.
  • Economic return results from improvement projects. The decision on which projects to work on must be based, at least in part, on the potential impact in terms of economic return.
  • Connecting projects to corporate strategic priorities. The objectives of management are translated into projects and coordinated through the organization Six Sigma
  • Investment on the development of people (Black Belts and Green Belts) - the best talent entering the program.
  • Infrastructure to implement and monitor the progress of the initiative. Organized communication of results and lessons learned.
  • Cultural change of the company.
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