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Summary: In this "Your Opinion" column, Joseph Basala and Mike Carnell discuss common questions related to lean and Six Sigma. First, Basala discusses five reasons why there is often confusion about the concept and makeup of lean Six Sigma (LSS). Confusion can stem from implementations that start with either lean or Six Sigma and then seek to add skills and tools, transitioning from plan-do-check-act (PDCA) to define-measure-analyze-improve-control (DMAIC), project reporting for traditional lean and traditional Six Sigma projects within the context of LSS, treating LSS as an equal split between lean and Six Sigma tools, and failing to understand the big picture. Second, Mike Carnell discusses the tendency to answer the question of whether lean or Six Sigma should be used first by establishing a pattern to follow in executing projects. To remain innovative in continuous improvement, it is important to focus on resolving problems rather than executing patterns.

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  • Topics: Six Sigma, Lean
  • Keywords: Six Sigma, Innovation, Lean,
  • Author: Basala, Joseph; Carnell, Mike
  • Journal: Six Sigma Forum Magazine