Errors not only force repetition of processes, but also lead to wastage of resources.
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An organisation in which errors are repeated loses efficiency and professionalism, which hurt production and the internal environment. Lean Six Sigma identifies and removes the causes of errors to reduce waste, and accelerate the speed and effectiveness of processes. It uses various statistical, analytical and management methods to remove the causes of errors so that they do not recur.
Lean Six Sigma – Freedom from Defects
Six Sigma process is expected to remove defects from products manufactured. Statistically, any process that uses Six Sigma is optimised to signify a generic quality level of 3.4 defects per million opportunities. It is geared towards eliminating defects from processes and uses the notion that if there are six standard deviations between the mean and the nearest specification limit, there will be no failures to meet specifications.
The process uses the word Sigma because the Greek letter sigma is used to represent the number of standard deviations between the process mean and the nearest specification limit. Six Sigma is used to decrease the number of defects in manufacturing.
What Lean Six Sigma Achieves
Lean Six Sigma is used by organisations for business process improvement through minimising of errors using identification and removal of the root cause of errors. It improves the quality of processes and impacts the end product. It reduces cost, enhances value, and makes processes faster and more efficient.
When lean is combined with Six Sigma, it leads to reduction in waste, enhancement of customer value, reduction in errors and drastic improvement in business processes. The results of Lean Six Sigma are stable and long-term.
Steps of Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma is implemented in steps. Each Six Sigma follows certain sequence of steps and has specific targets to achieve. Lean Six Sigma includes steps including:
Each Lean Six Sigma step provides methods to target a specific area of manufacturing including cost reduction, improvement of processes, customer value, increasing efficiency and reduction in waste.
Results of Using Lean Six Sigma
Knowledge of the various steps of Six Sigma helps organisations to:
- Reduce costs
- Improve processes
- Increase efficiency
- Increase customer satisfaction
- Build excellent internal systems
- Enhance employee satisfaction
- Increase productivity
Businesses that excel are forever eliminating errors thereby increasing the effectiveness of processes. Reduction of waste is essential for a company of any size, and Lean Six Sigma provides companies the methodologies to achieve that.
Lean Six Sigma is a tried and tested method of improving the performance of businesses. Six Sigma was developed by Motorola in 1985 and lean was introduced by Toyota Production System, which in the 1990s became popular as lean. Lean Six Sigma is a methodology now used by thousands of businesses to improve their performance.
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