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What does it take to be successful in your Lean Journey?
Lean focuses on process efficiency and reducing or eliminating waste in processes by using various methods to streamline processes and strive for continuous improvement. Another way to think of this is we are creating an agile and efficient process to allow us to meet our customers or marketplace requirements for quality products or services at a price they are willing to pay.
Lean and Lean Six Sigma are methodologies that companies apply to ALL aspects of the business (NOT just manufacturing and supply chain processes). Tangible improvements and benefits are being realized in transactional, IT, financial healthcare, and many other business environments. The fundamental basis for the success of Lean is the ability to identify and eliminate waste, aggressively reduce non-value-added activities, and improve flow in any organization’s processes.
Lean Training Options:
For more in-depth information on our Lean offerings, check out our programs.
6Sigma.us Lean Introduction classroom and virtual and Lean Level 1 and 2 online training provide you with a comprehensive overview of the principles of Lean Thinking.
6Sigma.us Lean Fundamentals classroom and virtual and Lean Level 3 online training and certification help develop critical skills required for participating in successful Lean projects. Certified candidates are considering Lean Agents.
6Sigma.us Lean Master training and certification is the Final Lean Level, in which you will learn to apply several continuous improvement techniques and allow you to create a strong culture in your organization that follows the 5 Principles of Lean.
Certification is achieved by applying the Lean methods to improving a current company process, candidates that successfully illustrate a fundamental understanding of Lean methods are considered Lean Agents. Coaching is provided by SixSigma.us instructors as part of the course fee. Typical projects can be completed in 4-12 weeks.
Overview of Lean:
Lean methods have been proven since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Business leaders have been focused on driving performance and response to meet customer expectations while reducing costs. Examples include Henry Ford’s genesis of the automobile industry, and the military’s need to take advantage of “Detroit’s” abilities in World War II where a B24 Liberator was rolling of the assembly line every 56 minutes. Lean methods were quantified and fined tuned during the 1950s and ’60s by Toyota, and other forward-thinking out-of-the-box companies to the current available Lean methods available to businesses. These include:
- 5S Programs
- Theory of Constraints
- The 7 Wastes
- Toyota Production Systems, (TPS)
- Demand Flow
- Just in Time
- Value Stream Mapping
- Transactional Mapping
In all cases the results expected remain the same:
- Focus on Customer, their expectations, and what they perceive as value
- A passion for Continuous Improvement in the elimination of waste
- Identification of where an organization adds value and the identification of non-value activities to enable the successful implementation of the future state vision
- Creating the ability for products or activities, (transactions) to flow through a process map in the shortest amount of time possible
- Establishing disciplines to link Customer Demand directly to processes, transactions, resources, or material.
What has changed recently, is understanding which of these methods or combinations of methods will have the greatest impact on your business. 6Sigma.us’s Lean education and service programs. Focus on the practical application of concepts on projects, not theory. Our goal is for our customers to improve processes through effective project leadership.
6Sigma.us’ Lean programs are designed to yield benefits quickly by supporting the optimum methodology matched to a company’s business objectives and needs while establishing a sustainable process for ongoing improvement. Our methods are quantitative and bring to light further areas of opportunity where Lean 6 Sigma projects can be taken advantage of.
How do we define the best Lean methods to apply? What are the steps in driving a Lean transformation? How long will it take? What is the level of involvement of team members? Are we getting the results defined in our objectives? How do we continue our progress and integrate Six Sigma into our efforts?
6Sigma.us has developed a seamless process for supporting both Lean and Lean Sigma implementations across divergent business and governmental processes. We invite you to attend one of our informative Lean or Lean Sigma workshops, participate in our Lean Master program, or gain an in-depth understanding of the potential for improvement from our Lean assessment programs.