Better Together

Six Sigma Forum Magazine vol. 8 issue 3 - May 2009

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: Continuous improvement (CI); Lean manufacturing; Six Sigma

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