What is Lean Six Sigma?
Lean Six Sigma is a globally proven and applied methodology that provides a demonstrable and sustainable improvement of the operating result. Here the focus is on what the customer really thinks is important. This approach leads to the simultaneous reduction of costs, increasing customer satisfaction and shortening the lead time. This involves investing in your own people and using their knowledge and expertise.
Lean Six Sigma offers a framework with which an organization can continuously improve in a structured way. Implementing Lean Six Sigma gives an organization a targeted approach to turn the strategy into concrete results and be more successful than its competitors.
Lean Six Sigma projects ensure a sustainable improvement of the operating result. Business problems are solved better and permanently. The return on investment of a Lean Six Sigma process varies, but is always a multiple of the investment. A Return on Investment of four for a Green Belt training, based on the total investment in time and money, is more normal than exceptional. Successful Lean Six Sigma implementation programs achieve ROIs of 40 to 80.
This course provides students insights in measurements: to compute the impact of measurements on the final decision-making process to gain from Data-Information-Knowledge-Insights- Actions
At the end of the course students will be able to:
1. use the basic techniques for measurements applying Lean and Six Sigma techniques, focusing on generating flow and reducing variation, by taking out Wastes applying techniques on 5S (sort, set, shine, standardized, sustain) and DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Control)
2. link the major debates in Lean Six Sigma to real life cases;
3. have a real understanding of the major debates in Lean Six Sigma;
4. Utilize the time measurements, like Takt Time, Cycle Time, Throughput Time, application of Little’s Law decision making to match the Voice of the Customer with the Voice of the Process and the Voice of the Business.
5. Discuss the impact of input and process on the output, based on efficient and effective business operations;
6. Estimate the impact of excellence, quality and consistency on the Customer Expectations
7. Discuss the benefits of using the SCV framework, Situation, Challenges, Value propositions using fact-based, data evidence substantiation of the recommendations.
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Mode of instruction
2 hours interactive lectures, presentations and discussions every week, 6 weeks long.
You will get acquainted with the method and will be introduced in an interactive way with the methodology, the tools and the applicability of Lean and Six Sigma for managers and employees who have a leading role in achieving Operational Excellence.
Active Participation + Presentations/Cases Studies (50%)
Exam = Final Assignment (individual) (50%)
In order to pass students must have a total grade of at least a 6 (six).
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Lean Six Sigma for Service- Michael L. George
English, 400 pages – 3 – June 2003
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