Why Is Lean Six Sigma Training Important for Your Business?
Lean Six Sigma is a focused business process improvement methodology that combines the strengths of lean thinking and Six Sigma statistical quality control procedures.
Lean enterprises enjoy the benefits related to faster speed such as:
- Improved teamwork
- Continuous improvement
- Stable and flexible business processes
- Elimination of waste
- Reduction of process bottle necks
- Less work-in-process (WIP)
Six Sigma enterprises enjoy the benefits related to more predictable performance such as:
- More stable processes
- Fewer surprises
- More consistent products and services delivered to customers
- Better insights into the cause of and ability to avoid defects
The basic LSS methodology has five major steps:
- Define or identify the process
- Measure the process output
- Analyze process inputs
- Improve the process by changing inputs
- Control the process by controlling the right input
General Electric has enjoyed tremendous process improvement through implementation of Six Sigma practices. In GE, Jack Welch started the implementation of Six Sigma in 1995 through a commitment to training leaders who mentored other employees for effective Six Sigma implementation.
After two years at GE, the effort had contributed up to $700 million in corporate benefits, resulting in very low service call rates and high product reliability.
Many other organizations—Amazon, Toyota, Motorola—have produced greater profits and happier customers using Lean Six Sigma.
A company with team members who’ve been trained to use Lean Six Sigma techniques can expect the following results:
- Reduction in development production costs
- Reduction in lead time
- Faster customer service
- A higher level of product and service quality
- Improved contribution and productivity from employees