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Is Lean Six Sigma Right for Your Organization?

// 2017 Jan 31

 

This March, Rutgers School of Business-Camden, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, will host one of its sought-after week-long courses to provide motivated individuals and teams with the basics of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt The immersive training program will take place during the week of March 13, 2017 in Moorestown, New Jersey. This Lean Six Sigma training offers organizations of any size and business sector the opportunity to reduce waste, improve efficiency, increase transparency, and develop employees for leadership positions. If you have always wondered how Lean Six Sigma training works, this post will provide some basic information on the processes and background behind Lean Six Sigma.

 

What Is Lean Six Sigma?

 

In a nutshell, Lean Six Sigma is the combination of the LEAN process philosophy with the Six Sigma quality tools. The LEAN philosophy was developed back in the days of Henry Ford who wanted to reduce manufacturing waste and produce automobiles quicker and more affordably. Six Sigma quality tools aim to improve quality processes by removing errors and standardizing processes as much as possible. The idea of Six Sigma was first developed by Motorola in 1981.

 

Lean Six Sigma takes Six Sigma to the next level and accelerates process improvement and resolves problems that may affect quality and waste. There are five basic phases in a  Lean Six Sigma project:

 

  • Define: Team defines the problem and determines what is needed to satisfy the customer.
  • Measure: Team assesses data through current processes.
  • Analyze: Team investigates the problem and identifies how it occurred.
  • Improve: Team determines and implements a fix that will solve the problem.
  • Control: Team develops a plan to sustain the improvements.

Through Lean Six Sigma, there is no guesswork in solving process and quality problems. Team members use facts and data to determine the efficacy of various processes, reduce waste from inefficient processes in the past, and mitigate risks before they negatively affect quality. Organizations not only are better able to manage costs and waste, but employees feel empowered because they have an active role in improving how they do their job. Through Rutgers’ program alone,  Lean Six Sigma has been implemented in health care,  manufacturing  supply chain, financial institutions, service and retail companies,  government, ,and more to great success. Will your organization be next?

 

If you would like to hear more about the upcoming Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training program, which is the first step to Lean Six Sigma mastery, please contact one of our learning consultants today at 856.225.6685.