Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

June 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 6

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Engineers

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Lean Six Sigma for traditionalists

Creativity can wring quicker and better results from your tools

By Ryan Burge and James Bagg

As the world becomes increas­ingly complex, many have questioned the validity of lean Six Sigma and its so-called tools. For those traditional­ists out there who follow your black belt pocket guides and texts religiously, yes, a substantial component of lean Six Sigma is just the appropriate, effec­tive application of statistical analysis to improve a particular way of doing business based on good data and analy­sis. But is what we’ve learned as lean Six Sigma practitioners – whether in academic coursework, through internal or external training courses, or in our pocket guides – enough?

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