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What Is the Life Cycle of Lean Six Sigma?

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    BMGI India
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    We know that Six Sigma is a recognised methodology to solve two typical business problems: lack of quality and lack of efficiency. So what is the life cycle of Lean Six Sigma? From where to start with?

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    MBBinWI
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    @BMGIIndia1 – My experience is that it reduces by half (or faster) each year after management fails to make it their number one priority. It also reduces by something less than half each year when mgt makes it their number one priority, due to diminishing returns (I would estimate reduction by about 1/3 each year).

    In poor organizations, these reductions don’t take place, rather they continue year after year. These are the organizations that keep creating the same defect generating processes time after time. Usually you find this in organizations that have rewards for those making the “savings.” Since they get rewarded for solving the problem (and not for preventing the problem), they get very good at solving those problems – time after time. I saw one organization where this happened for several years. The belts got 10% of the “savings” every time, yet the process continually reverted back to the baseline level of defects after each new product intro. Since it was a new product, nobody looked at the defect creation product to product.

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