Comparing the search terms on Google Trends you will see that Six Sigma is losing the interest of the searchers.
On the other hand Lean Six Sigma is getting more popular:
Why is this trend?
Here are the reasons:
Reason #1: Faster Results with Lean Six Sigma
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Delivering significant improvements quickly is in everybody’s favor: the customer is happy, the managing director is happy and the team as well.
And this is achievable with Lean Six Sigma. Here is the proof:
Just recently I have coached 3 project teams of nurses and their supervisors on Lean Six Sigma projects. They had no prior experience with Lean Six Sigma. They had no statistical background and never worked in any improvement projects.
Using the practical Lean Six Sigma method, we have achieved the following results in 3,5 month time:
1. Reduced admin time of nurses by 67% so they can spend more time on value-adding activities (care).
2. Increased productivity of nurses visiting patients in their home by up to 15% so they can spend more time on value-adding activities (care)
3. Reduced overrun of direct care hours vs. budget by 42% to save costs because overrun hours are not financed by the insurance company.
We have achieved these results in 3,5 month where normally it would take at least 6 month.
And one very important aspect:
Some of the team members said that it was a petty that we are already done with these projects because they have like this kind of work so much.
Reason #2: Customer Satisfaction Requires Not Only Six Sigma but Lean As Well
What do I mean? If you join the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training you will learn exactly what it takes to satisfy EVERY customer. I’ll explain it to you during the Define Phase of the training.
The tool you learn about customer satisfaction is called CTS Tree (Critical To Satisfaction Tree). The point is that every customer’s satisfaction depends mainly on 3 elements:
- Critical To Quality
- Critical To Delivery
- Critical To Costs
Without going into details, you know that Six Sigma is focusing on improving quality by reducing variation.
But that is only one aspect: Critical To Quality.
With Lean Six Sigma you’re able to solve time related problems, therefore fulfilling the 2nd element of customer satisfaction: Critical To Delivery.
How about the 3rd aspect, the costs?
Reducing variations, reducing mistakes (Six Sigma) and shortening lead times (Lean) you’re continuously reducing the costs of your products and services.
Companies realizing that to improve customer satisfaction it takes Six Sigma AND Lean not one or the other.
Reason #3: Complicated tools of Six Sigma requires more statistical background
I studied math and statistics in college, at the university, during my MBA and still my the 4 out of my 5 weeks Six Sigma Black Belt education has challenged my statistical knowledge.
On the other hands, Lean (Lean Manufacturing, Lean Management) consists of more, easy-to-use tools and techniques.
Combining Lean with the most effective tools from Six Sigma and you have an easy-to-explain method.
The training I’ve put to gather was inspired by the fact that I wanted to reach every level of the organization IF you want to achieve culture change towards continuous improvements.
That means the training must be easy to understand, no high-level statistics, etc. Practicality is the keyword.
If you want to learn the PRACTICAL Lean Six Sigma to be able to solve almost any business problem and get what it takes to turn-around ANY organization, join now the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program
…and you will be let in before anybody else.