"L6S" is an acronym for Lean and 6 Sigma, two of the primary philosophies and problem-solving approaches we use for organizational improvement. A vast number of time-tested solutions to the most diverse problems can be found among the Lean and 6 Sigma tools. However, their successful application must be tailored to each individual reality and, as we frequently emphasize while conducting seminars and projects, no single methodology can be a substitute for the human mind and a team's creativity. This is why a coach can help your organization unleash the power of its own capabilities.
L6S consultants bring to the client years of successful experience developing business excellence programs and leading improvement initiatives in global multinational organizations of various industries from within. Their real-life knowledge of the typical expectations and constraints of a business helps them manage the occasional ambiguity that can lead to "analysis-paralysis" and enables them to direct most of the useful energy of a work team on the pursuit of "tradeoffs", or viable solutions, among potentially conflicting business needs.
Methods & Objectives
Lean: the systematic elimination of wasteLean is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. Working from the perspective of the customer who consumes a product or service, "value" is defined as any action or process that a customer would be willing to pay for. Basically, lean is centered on preserving value with less work.
6 Sigma: the systematic reduction of variationSix Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes. It uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization ("Black Belts", "Green Belts", "Yellow Belts") who are experts in these methods. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps - which constitute a roadmap for project execution - and has quantified financial targets (cost reduction or profit increase).
Lean 6 Sigma: a Customer-Driven, Value-Oriented, Process-Focused structured approach to Continuous Improvement Lean 6 Sigma is a business improvement methodology which combines tools from both Lean and Six Sigma. Traditionally, Lean focuses on speed, through the elimination of unnecessary process elements, and Six Sigma focuses on quality, through the pursuit of process control. Ultimately, by combining Lean and Six Sigma, the result is better quality and reduced lead times. System effectiveness integrates with the control of critical points in the value chain.
TOC: Theory of Constrains"A chain is no stronger than its weakest link." Similarly, according to TOC supply chains, processes, organizations, and manageable systems in general are vulnerable because one or a few elements (the constraints) may limit their ability to achieve their maximum potential. Focusing on constraints first just makes sense!