Lean Six Sigma is a pillar of Agile Manufacturing.
The Six Sigma methodology originated in 1986 in the United States, more specifically at Motorola, with the goal of significantly reducing defects within manufacturing processes, ideally to the point of having only 3.4 defects per million opportunities.
Six Sigma makes use of a set of statistical tools already used for several decades in the field of quality control in the U.S. manufacturing industry, formalizing a 5-step structured process (DMAIC), based on Deming’s Plan-Do-Check-Act process.
This process consists of the following steps:
- DEFINE: the problem to be addressed is defined and circumscribed
- MEASURE: quantitative metric(s) to work on is measured appropriately (defect reduction, cycle time variability reduction, etc.).
- ANALYZE: you analyze the problem and identify possible causes
- IMPROVE: once the root cause is identified, a possible improving action is tested
- CONTROL: the effect of the implemented action is monitored and the results are verified
The term Lean, on the other hand, identifies the set of methodologies derived from the Toyota Production System with the goal of reducing waste within processes. In this case, the tools used are not statistical in nature.
Lean Six Sigma, therefore, is an improvement philosophy based on real data and observations, which is based on defect prevention rather than defect detection, is responsible for customer satisfaction through the reduction of variability and waste within processes, and promotes the use of standardization and value streams, consequently creating a significant competitive advantage.
Support for Lean Six Sigma Projects
Lean Six Sigma projects are needed when there are particularly complex problems, i.e., when it is not clear what is causing them or how to effectively remediate them, i.e., in a statistically significant way.
Accialini Consulting can provide you with a professional with proven years of experience in implementing the indicated methodologies and with Black Belt certifcation.
Such a professional will then be able to give you the necessary support in the following steps:
- Implementing a data-driven decision-making culture in order to go out and identify priority improvement projects
- Management of improvement projects, from problem definition to implementation and monitoring
- Mentoring and coaching of the improvement team
Lean Six Sigma Certifications
We offer support for the White Belt, Yellow Belt and Green Belt certification. We are in fact accredited by Council for Six Sigma Certification, an internationally recognized certification standard. Furthermore, our training courses are in line with the ISO 13053-1: 2011 standard.
White Belt Certification provides the practitioner with a basic understanding of Six Sigma fundamentals and their application and is recommended for any employee of a company where Six Sigma methodology is applied.
Yellow Belt certification is awarded to employees who have basic training in Six Sigma quality improvement methodology and participate in related projects.
Green Belts are professionals who work closely with Black Belts. A Green Belt may also serve in minor leadership roles within a Six Sigma team, particularly for small-scale projects. They are well trained in the proper use of Six Sigma tools and employ them under the direction of a Black Belt project leader.
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Lean Six Sigma methodology involves the use of a set of tools by which the Team is able to manage improvement projects, using the best tool (often statistical in nature) from time to time to achieve the goal (reduction of waste and process variability). The Lean Six Sigma Toolkit consists of a collection of tools, mainly created in Excel, thanks to which you can:
- practice the methodology in the learning phase
- put the methodology into practice without the need to purchase expensive licenses for dedicated software
- share results within the company due to standardization of tools
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