Army-wide Lean Six Sigma

According to an article in the Belvoir Eagle, the U.S. Army received orders this week to advance the implementation of Lean Six Sigma Army-wide.

“‘This is the largest deployment of management science since the beginning of the science,’ said Mike Kirby, deputy undersecretary of the Army for business transformation. This position was created to oversee the deployment of Lean Six Sigma across the Army. Kirby emphasized the need for both leaders and workers to embrace the principles.

“‘The increased focus on measuring results brought about by personal leadership,’ said Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey, ‘will ensure that the Army realizes evolutionary transformation in all its processes, and ultimately benefits from revolutionary outcomes.’”

Several Army depots including the Army Materiel Command have already been using Six Sigma to improve quality and speed while eliminating waste.Last year the Army Materiel Command realized $110 million in savings and cost avoidance from their Lean Six Sigma initiative. This year Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey plans to apply Six Sigma to more areas outside the “shop floor” including administrative services, military construction, medical capabilities and civilian human resources.

Comments 2

  1. Patrecia

    Currently in USAREUR and assisting EUCOM with implementing Six Sigma. If you have any tools in your LSS Box that you would like to share, please do.

  2. mbbposition

    This was great news until I started seeing the RFP’s for training. Clearly these folks don’t know what six sigma is. I just saw an RFP for Black Belt training for one of the depots and they have zero statistical training requested. Whoever sold them the curriculum format or idea they have should be made to enlist. Its clear the military is just "doing" six sigma with no thought to strategy. Here’s another thing, the RFP requested no support of the belts. So who is going to mentor these folks? We don’t send privates to basic training without drill sergeants there to coach and mentor them, why aren’t they doing the same thing for the belts.

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