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    Alvarez
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    I have used two such examples, 1 being the Rath & Strong Courier exercise which focuses very much on the 6 Sigma quality improvement mode of problem analysis which does not explicitly introduce any lean thinking (which is understandable, they are not teaching lean but 6 Sigma) It is very good to get the audience away from Lean & Sigma as just a manufacturing improvement tool and gets the poor couriers sheding a few pounds. The other is a very similar tool that I have used and we named it the “cup game” I have no idea if this is the proper name or not. It had a pre-defined layout simulating the tradional factory, creating poor flow and no communication and with some training in between rounds the audience were introduced to value stream mapping, kanbans, pull systems etc. It also used data to show the audience the real problem such as process cycle dymnamic time, WIP, bottlenecks,quality failures etc. This one is very good in a manufacturing environmant and can be “raised” or “lowered” depending on whether you have managers or shopfloor people

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    Mikel
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    What the heck is a Lean Sigma?

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    #90466

    Anna O’Connell
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    Stan –
    It’s shorthand for an applied combination of Lean Manufacturing (a la Toyota Production System) and Six Sigma.  In LM, you reduce waste.  In SS, you reduce variation (which is also a source of waste).  For a manufacturing orgainzation, it’s usually a good combination, IFF (if and only if) the management is smart enough not to allow turf battles to get started over which methodology gets “credit” for an improvement or which staff group is in control of the combined methodology. 
    Anna O’Connell
     

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    Mikel
    Member

    Anna, thanks for taking the question seriously.
    Lean Sigma is a scam, people trying to make people think there is something new.
    The truth is no six sigma effort ever finds its real potential without embracing Lean and TPS has variation reduction tools taught to their technical folks – they just are not written about in all of the thousands of books about Lean.

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