Thinking About Lean Six Sigma?
It seems like Lean Six Sigma is everywhere right now. Phrases like “the lean journey”, “lean thinking” and “a lean six sigma culture” are used frequently by motivational business speakers and in case studies of successful organisations.
With so much buzz about Lean Six Sigma, you may want to learn more about what it is, how it works, and whether it’s something you could use.
If you're wondering whether Lean Six Sigma could be a good fit for you, or for your team, this article could be the guide you need.
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What is Lean Six Sigma?
Lean and Six Sigma are two different process improvement methodologies. They originated in different places at different times.
Six Sigma was developed in Motorola in the 1980s. Lean originated in the manufacturing sector, evolving from the Toyota Production System (TPS) in the 1990s.
Lean works to identify and eliminate waste, streamlining a process for maximum benefit. Six Sigma targets variations and defects, utilising a structured, statistical approach to reduce both.
Why is Lean Six Sigma so popular?
Lean and Six Sigma are complimentary methodologies. When used together, they help to reduce or remove waste from a process, and can deliver sustainable savings.
Utilising Lean Six Sigma can improve productivity and profitability within a business too.
If you would like to learn more about Lean Six Sigma and why so many businesses adopt its usage, why not take a few minutes to read our popular articles, “What is Lean Six Sigma?” and “Lean Six Sigma – Explore the Benefits & Savings”?
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Who uses Lean Six Sigma?
Today, the answer to this question is “almost everyone”!
In the past 10 years, we’ve seen a rapid growth in Lean Six Sigma implementation across all sectors. It has expanded from origins in manufacturing to almost every area of business and industry.
Here are some areas where Lean Six Sigma is effecting transformational change:
- Financial Services
- IT Services
- Government and State Agencies
10 Questions to Point You in the Right Direction
If you're unsure whether Lean Six Sigma is the right solution for you or your company, take a quick read through the following questions. If your answer is "yes" to any of the questions below, Lean Six Sigma could be the right choice for you.
- Do you want to identify and eliminate non-value-add tasks in your workplace?
- Do you want to find effective solutions to flaws in your processes, projects, or projects?
- Are you looking for a fresh way to tackle existing problems in your working environment?
- Would you like to standardise processes in your company, team, or department?
- Do you have a need / want to future-proof a product or service?
- Are you seeking ways to cut down waste in your business?
- Are you aiming for more consistent, predictable results?
- Is increasing productivity a goal for you?
- Do you need to reduce costs?
- Do you feel you would benefit from using a proven method for achieving results?
Learn How to Implement Lean Six Sigma
The first step to implementing process improvements with Lean Six Sigma is to learn about both methodologies. We offer 3 practical, certified courses in Lean Six Sigma.
Start here if… you want a practical introduction to Lean Six Sigma
Our 2-day Yellow Belt workshop is a great way to become familiar with Lean and Six Sigma, while gaining some immediately applicable skills. You’ll also achieve a Professional Development Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certificate. Get Course Brochure • View Course
Start here if… you’re new to Lean Six Sigma, but want to gain skill, confidence, & certification
This is an ideal choice for anyone who wants to gain confidence with, and an understanding of Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Our 5-day Green Belt course runs throughout the year in Dublin. It is our most popular Lean Six Sigma training. Get Course Brochure • View Course
Start here if… you’re experienced with leading and executing process improvement
Our International Black Belt course is designed for experienced process improvement practitioners, who want to progress their capabilities and gain international certification at Black Belt level. Get Course Brochure • View Course
Talk to Us
We have a lot of experience with Lean Six Sigma training and certification.
Alongside our public courses for individuals, we also deliver tailored, in-company training for clients all over Ireland.
If you’re unsure about the best choice for your next step with process improvement, we will be happy to advise.
You can contact our training consultants at Freephone 1800 910 810, or click below to ask a quick question.