The resulting combination of Lean and Six Sigma emerged in the early 2000s. The Lean methodology highlights the sources of waste and the Six Sigma toolbox helps precisely measure performance and thus, enable iterative improvement. Lean Six Sigma training uses the same judo-inspired belt skill-level certification used in Six Sigma.
The method has gained popularity over the last 15 years and has now been used in many industries, by countless companies, including: Sony, Citibank, Renault and Nestlé.
Many methodological guidelines exist regarding process management (ITIL, PMI, Prince2, ISO9001, Scrum…). While they do offer standards, tools and best practices, they neglect to tell you how to apply them and measure their effect on operational performance. This is where Lean Six Sigma comes in.
Where other approaches give you a one-size-fits-all recipe for process efficiency, LSS lets you:
- Analyze specific processes
- Work out how to make them more efficient