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    Sambuddha
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    Folks,
    I was wondering if anybody has had success in combining Lean and Six-Sigma in their operating business model?
    We, at Maytag, along with TBM consulting are the holders of the LeanSigma service mark, and have seen good results from implementing it accross the enterprise.
    Would like to hear about other success (or failure) stories.

    Thank you,
    Best,

    Sambuddha

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    #67236

    Wazza
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    Lean and Six Sigma go hand in hand. Six sigma is the robust methodology to improve problems, and then lean takes over to maintain the improvements during and after the Control phase. In my organisation Lean and Six-Sigma are rapidly becoming the cornerstones of our Quality Operating System.

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    #67237

    Eoin Barry
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    AlliedSignal Aerospace are/ were probably the best example of the integration of lean and six sigma.

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    #67239

    Anonymous
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    An aerospace company a leading example of Lean?

    Give me a break, you don’t even know how to spell Lean and your sigma level is probably 4 or less if you are counting honest.

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    #67245

    Taylor
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    Lean and six-sigma do fit together very well. Both demand a stable process before change is applied. “You need to know where you are at before you can walk in the right direction.” Lean uses six-sigma as one of it’s tools to achieve a lean enterprise. One of the main goals is to get a good product everytime. I see six-sigma much more as a support for lean instead of the other way around. Six-sigma will definately make the lean journey easier and more successful. In many cases, it will make it possible as the time for rework and scrap is severely reduced or eliminated.

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    #67260

    Sambuddha
    Member

    Very interesting observations.

    I agree with most of you. For companies which have to deal with inventories serving a consumer cyclical market, Lean and SixSigma are the way to go.

    However, if you become lean, and shed your fat(waste), then you need a continuous stream of consistently good (variation/defect free) food (parts/materials) to keep you up and running.
    Else, you suffer from weakness (not able to deliver) and will soon perish.

    I wouldn’t characterize one (Lean & SixSigma) as a supplement of the other (that one tends to do, depending on the training bias/liking), but as COMPLIMENTARY business models, that need each other for big breakthroughs and bottomline success.

    p.s. I particularly like the Poka Yoke, KanBan systems and above all the Kaizen methodology. It ensures participation, bias for action and results at a pace one would like change to take place.

    My 2 cents worth.

    Best,

    Sambuddha

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    #67263

    “Ken”
    Participant

    Wazza,

    Shouldn’t “Lean” be the cornerstone of your manufacturing operating system? Just trying to sort it out here…

    Ken

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    #67367

    gt
    Participant

    The lean brought us tools we can use in different phases of six sigma. i.e. poka yoke in the … phase, one piece flow in the …phase….These are tools we can use to reduce the leadtime and the defects in a process. Six sigma is a philosophy in wich we can use tools that will fit in the proper phase.

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    #67388

    gt
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    With an answer like that, keep your name anonymous. Processes exist everywhere and lean is applicable everywhere. It is based on waste eliminating

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