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Better Together

Summary: Continuous improvement professionals often debate the virtues of a lean or a Six Sigma approach, but the benefits of bringing the two together are significant. Six Sigma can improve the effectiveness of a system by optimizing it and reducing process variability, whereas lean can improve the efficiency of that system by stabilizing work in process, reducing inventory, and eliminating waste. A simple group demonstration allows participants to gain an understanding of the advantages offered by lean and Six Sigma when they work together.

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  • Topics: Lean, Six Sigma, Process Management, Continuous Improvement
  • Keywords: Continuous improvement (CI), Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma
  • Author: Patterson, Lloyd C.
  • Journal: Six Sigma Forum Magazine