SBTI Lean Sigma
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Lean is a discipline that focuses on aggressively eliminating waste and reducing complexity in all aspects of business and manufacturing. Waste is defined as Defects, Overproduction, Transportation, Waiting, Inventory, Motion and Processing (DOTWIMP), whose goal is other than the creation of value that the customer is willing to pay for. Elimination of waste will result in dramatic increase in customer satisfaction by reducing cost, rework and cycle time.
Six Sigma, in essence, is a statistical measure of the performance of a process or product characteristic compared to a specification level. The term, in future tense, is a discipline that is defined by a powerful set of statistical tools that seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and variation in manufacturing and business processes. The process operates within a defined deployment structure, which involves the development of personnel at various levels (typically referred to as “Belts”) to operate and lead the implementation program. Crucial to the success of any six sigma project is a clearly-defined sequence of steps, called roadmaps, that directly associates initiatives and financial goals with specific tools.
Lean and Six Sigma may look and sound very different, but they can work in tandem to accomplish a combination of results including process excellence, improved quality, reduced costs, increased customer satisfaction and, most importantly, bringing significant profits back to the corporation. This combination is called Lean Sigma, it is not just a process improvement methodology but a culture change throughout every level of organization.