What is Lean Six Sigma, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma is a combination of two well-known project management methods, Lean and Six Sigma. Lean Project Management streamlines manufacturing and service processes by eliminating waste, while Six Sigma efficiently reduces the occurrence of defective products, thereby reducing waste and increasing customer satisfaction.
Description of Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma is an effective methodology used to fix a problem. It is based on common sense practices and is completed in five phases, known by the acronym DMAIC:
Define: Define the problem
Measure: Accurately measure how acute the problem is.
Analyze: Identify the source of the problem.
Improve: Implement a solution and verify that the solution works.
Control: Maintain and continue the solution to achieve the desired result.
Lean Six Sigma can decrease an organization’s production costs by eliminating wasteful processes and solving problems associated with a process, such as product defects or service flaws. Lean Six Sigma can also positively affect employees by involving them in improving the way they work. Because they are the people who actually perform the work in an organization, they are very often the most qualified to suggest and implement efficient and effective new processes.
Lean Six Sigma also requires a long-term commitment in order to be a successful project management method. When looked at as a process, the organization can continually improve upon subsequent projects, resulting in higher efficiency and more cost savings down the road.
Tools & Templates
Various Project Management methods, Risk Assessments and Process Maps can all be used to provide insights, data and additional support when using Lean Six Sigma.
upBOARD's Online Lean Six Sigma Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional Lean Six Sigma techniques, upBOARD’s online Lean Six Sigma tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other project management best practice tools and templates including:
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