High reliability organizations and Lean Six Sigma

5 principles to move beyond standard work, create flexible processes

By Merwan Mehta

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) concepts and tools have been around for decades and have served us well for improving productivity and profitability of manufacturing and production processes. The main thrust of LSS is the reduction of all waste, the control of day-to-day variation and the elimination of all complexity that enhances waste and variation in processes. The DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, implement and control) process is used by LSS practitioners as their central tool to improve processes. A champion who is responsible for the efficient running of the process assigns a project manager who then leads a team to undertake the process improvement activities.

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