Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma redesigns processes to remove lead time and waste:

  • Thoroughly understands the current process to identify sources of waste and lost time
  • Applies principles of Value, Flow, Pull, and Perfection to streamline the process
  • Creates a breakthrough change in process efficiency and effectiveness

Lean Six Sigma fits best when:

  • Waste or inefficiency exists within process
  • Willing/able to assess the whole process
  • The intended goals are to reduce inventory and/or time—work or wait time
  • Willing to consider “radical” change

Lean Six Sigma Steps:

  • Define: agree upon the process scope to be considered; assemble stakeholders; understand customers
  • Measure and Analyze: identify sources of excess cycle time and inventory, and/or remove variation in performance
  • Improve: streamline processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Control: sustain team performance by monitoring both leading indicators and results measures


Lean Six Sigma - Before Diagram


Lean Six Sigma - After Diagram