The quality and quantitative techniques are used by Six Sigma to enhance processes. They are applied and integrated even though the tools are not unique.
Before we see the specialised tools of Lean Six Sigma, let us see Introduction to Lean Six Sigma.
Lean Six Sigma is a methodology that is based on the collaborative effort of team to enhance the performance by removing waste systematically. Combination of lean manufacturing/lean enterprise and Six Sigma eliminates time, inventory, motion, over production, over processing, waiting and defects in the system process.
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DMAIC in Lean Six Sigma technique is also a management system that will result in refined, efficient projects. The Lean Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) method is the roadmap for problem solving. This methodology helps in product/process improvement. Most of the organizations begin implementing Six Sigma using the DMAIC methodology. DMAIC method is an iterative process that gives structure and guidance for the project and helps the analyst to focus on the improvement areas for the project. Now, Let us understand the DMAIC process:
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Lean Six Sigma thinking originated at Toyota Company with the Toyota Production System (TPS). The original concepts were given by Sakichi Toyota in the year 1920. Taiichi Ohno began to see these ideas getting implemented in the system in the year 1940 but there was a transformation only in the year 1950. The concepts for lean Six Sigma came from American supermarkets where only small amounts of selection of inventory is filled by the customers and they pull them from the shelf. This is also known as Kanban System.
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To score a project in Lean Six Sigma five key elements have been identified. These are:
1.Common vision and goals: Vision for a company and common goal, making it common goal for all the employees. Vision means the final result after the things have been implemented.
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There is a rapid increase in the cost of medical care that is alarming and unsustainable rate across worldwide. There has been significant increase in the cost that has been credited to the ageing population and advances in technology. There are two factors, inevitable because of the demographic developments of the modern society and technological features that are out of control.
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These are some common traits for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt project manager:
- A fantasist. Project manager must be proactive and should manage with the resources he has. He must be optimistic and not complain about lack of operating environment.
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The workplace capability for an organization can be determined by the principle of Standard and discipline known as 5S. This also helps in maintaining standards of the organization as defined by the quality principle. The 5S principle is commonly used. The various steps in 5S are:
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Often we have heard that the work lacks quality and the project is resulting in high cost. So is there any method by which the quality can be improved and cost can be reduced? The answer is YES, the method is six sigma methodologies. Six sigma is a management philosophy that was developed to reduce costs, increase profits and reduce wastage of an organization. The method was developed by MOTOROLA in 1986. It had been made as central business strategy for General Electric in 1995. This method was developed to improve the quality, establish a world class standard and save the cost for the company. As the costs are reduced the revenues generated increase thus creating a profitable situation for the organisation.
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