What 4 Garbage Trucks Say About Lean Six Sigma?

It is a bit of a hurry each time. I’m not nearly as good as my wife at preparing the kids in the morning. Finally, we make it and get in the car on time.

But there is something else happening every Friday morning: garbage collection.

While many of the fathers (and mothers) rush through the small streets to get their kids to school, the garbage truck blocks the way. Exactly during RUSH HOUR!! Sometimes I take another route the school to avoid the traffic jam caused by the garbage truck, but even then I hit another one. On one Friday I met the truck 4 times between my home, the school and back to my home. Yes, 4 times in one morning! Very annoying.

This made me think about the frequently asked question: “How To Apply Lean Six Sigma?” Obviously, the local authorities do not know Lean Six Sigma because they would ask themselves the question: “How can we serve our customers, the citizens better?” They would realize – during the Define Phase of their Lean Six Sigma project – what the most critical factors are to satisfy their citizens in terms of Quality, Time and Costs. I developed an effective tool for this called Customer Requirement Matrix.

Concerning the Time aspect of the satisfaction, this matrix would show them that although regular collection of garbage is important, the time of the day is less important as long as it does not cause traffic problems. Measuring satisfaction of citizens with respect to garbage collection as the primary metric of the project would show an increase when delaying the time of collection even by 1 hour.

If you want to apply Lean Six Sigma in your work, ask yourself the same question: “How can I serve my customer/client/patient/college better?”

Just think about every aspect of your interaction with your customers.

This is where you start applying Lean Six Sigma.

This is how we do it in our Yellow BeltGreen Belt and Black Belt programs.

Join our programs and you will only spend time on the 20% of the tools that solves 80% of your problems. Forget the rest!

Make greater work.

Warm regards,

Peter

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One Response to What 4 Garbage Trucks Say About Lean Six Sigma?

  1. Noah Fullah says:

    As always, good and practical article!

    Thanks.

    Best regards,
    Noah.