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January 09, 2013

The right way of implementing Lean Six Sigma

According to numerous scholars in numerous articles I have studied up til now. All have mentioned that it is always better to implement Lean Six sigma as the organization will be able to reap the benefits of both lean and six sigma philosophies. However, one key thing I have noticed is that there is no set way of implementing this methodology. In numerous cases studies I have come across I have noticed that each organization implements only parts of both these strategies which are most applicable to them. Meaning there is no standardized way of Applying Leans Six sigma to an organization.

All the Authors I have com e across applaud the benefits of this methodology. However one author did mention that it would be better no to integrate the two methodologies. But given the circumstances it is just one author’s opinion compared to a dozen. Hence I have come to the conclusion that Lean Six Sigma will be beneficial to organizations in the long run.

January 08, 2013

Success of Lean Six Sigma

So far all the research I have conducted on the amalgamation of lean and six sigma methodologies. Everything seems to point towards the lean six sigma methodology being of benefit to any organization willing to implement I it within their organization. So far companies such as Caterpillar and POSCO have reported to have gained from the implementation.

It was also interesting to note that the basic idea of lean six sigma is not just simply to implement it as a cost reduction or lead time reduction strategy. It was also used as a way for organization to have a clear goal of what they want to achieve in the future according to a study conducted by IBM Global business services.

Another study I came across identified 8 basic characteristics which lead to the success of the lean six sigma methodology by Ronald D. Snee, (2010).

  1. Creates bottom line results
  2. Active senior management leadership
  3. Uses a disciplined approach (DMAIC)
  4. Rapid project completion (three-six months)
  5. Infrastructure created
  6. Clear definition of success
  7.  Focuses on customers and processes
  8. Sound statistical approach

January 07, 2013


The applicability of lean six sigma in today’s competitive business environment is evident with the amount of research are case studies conducted on the topic. It is fairly obvious that most companies are able to change the day to day running’s of their organizations and make the work process more efficient and are therefore able to reduce both the cost of running waste etc.

They are also able to bring a reduction in the lead time. An equilibrium however is imperative to be reached when implementing a lean six sigma methodology on an organization. This is because if the organization leans too much on one side of the equation it might risk not implementing the strategy successful.

Implementation is just as necessary as designing the strategy as most authors in scholarly articles have pointed out.

January 06, 2013

Merging the speed of lean with the quality control of six sigma

The concept of lean six sigma has to be one of the most revolutionary in my opinion as we are merging two of the best strategies together to form an all rounder strategy which focuses on both the problems simultaneously. Many companies have implemented this strategy and according to the book lean six sigma by Micheal L. George it lead to a reduction in lead time by 80% which is mind boggling. IT improved delivery times by 99%.

This is clear proof of the level of efficiently this strategy can lead to of implemented correctly in an organization. Of course like all strategies there are short falls which need to be addressed. But the benefits outweigh the shortcomings.. Definitely.

January 05, 2013

Elimination of waste

I have come to realize how important it is for an organization to try and eliminate the wasteful activities it has during the process of production. The waste which most organizations do not take in to account during the production process can lead to reduction in efficiency and profits. There are said to be 8 different types of wastes in the lean manufacturing system.

  1. Motion
  2. Delay
  3. Conveyance
  4. Correction
  5. Over processing
  6. Inventory
  7. Overproduction
  8. Knowledge disconnection

Elimination of these wastes can lead to a great boost in efficiency and profits. The basic principles of the lean manufacturing process is to try and deliver the customer with what they value hence it is necessary to eliminate these non value adding activities from the process completely.

January 04, 2013

Lean six sigma

The main emphasis of six sigma is to be able to monitor and gradually reduce the variation in the process of production. A number of authors on scholarly articles have seemed to mention this fact which is the essence of how six sigma is able to improve the quality of its products so dramatically. 3.4 Defects per million opportunities is a staggering achievement if one looks at it. It’s like 99.9997% success. If a company is able to achieve this target then it is definitely going to be able to save a lot of money from the defects it used to have in the past.

The question I am attempting Question 5 asks how the combination of lean and six sigma can be combined and how successful the pair are. As far as I have seen the concept of six sigma looks at the quality control aspect of the process while the lean production tends to have its focus on the shortening of the lead time of the process.

So if we combine the two together it would be the best of both worlds as they would complement each other in a spectacular way.

December 22, 2012

Six sigma and organizational learning

When taking in to consideration the process of organizational learning when have to think about the learning to be a constant process which can not be disrupted in any point in time. When asked about whether or not the six sigma can make a contribution to the organizational learning the answer would be a yes.

The process of six sigma tries to identify the key reasons as to why a process, which is currently being, used I failing. There is an imperative need to figure out the root cause and implement changes in order to never let that issue arise again. Hence there are discussing group meetings in order to come down to a particular conclusion in an organization.

With researching this topic in books and articles I have come to gain more knowledge with regards to this subject area. And I am sure I will be able to answer this PMA question with a great deal of knowledge.

November 17, 2012


Variation is a huge issue when it comes to the success o a business. It is due to variation that there are so many costs which companies are paying. In an example discussed in class it was said that McDonalds has a strict standard of trying to keep the burgers of a standard level so as there is in variation and hence less costs.

Hence keeping variation in to consideration is a huge task. Standardization is key to theoretical success of a business. Six sigma projects focus on first identifying the problem and then trying to figure out ways improving the business process.

November 14, 2012

The statistical way of thinking

Always i have been fascinated my numbers and the piuss course will give me a chance to actually put my knowledge of statistics to good use. Attending the lecture on variation was truly interesting. At first I used to think that piuss would be a very hard subject to tackle but it is actually intriguing. The was statistics is used to analyze how a company can better run its plants/systems is a very good way of being cost effective in my opinion.

Far better than any other method as it is analyzing all of the companies data and trying to figure out why “ some days are better than others” as Deming would say.

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