October 22, 2006

Incorporating Lean Principles into Six Sigma

By Priya Venkatesh, Staff Writer

Do you want to integrate lean principles and six sigma processes? Are you not clear with the thin line between six sigma and lean principles? Read on to know more details.

The steps that involve in the incorporation of lean principles to six sigma business processes can be summarized as follows:

  • Try to stretch the malleable business processes and start applying lean principles to the stretched business process.
  • Resolve the defects that are currently present in the business process.
  • Make sure that the consistency in quality of the defect removal is taken care of while moving on to the removal of the next defect.
  • If in case the business process is not malleable, try solving the defects by applying six sigma tactics and then start applying the lean principles.

Read one of our previous post titled "Applying Lean Manufacturing to Six Sigma" to know more on applying lean principles to Six Sigma processes in detail.

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Lean manufacturing tools enhance six sigma primarily in the Improve and Control phases of the DMAIC model of six sigma. Many lean tools such as OEE, 5S, kaizen, line balance, takt time, etc, all work where applicable during the improve phase. One of the best tools for the control phase is the standardized operations tool of lean manufacturing

Posted by: John Asher | Dec 3, 2007 5:25:29 PM

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