Published on March 20, 2014
Lean Six Sigma for Process Improvement and Project Delivery Group 4 Rohana Le Kai Zhang Karen Cantarero
Contents What is Lean Six Sigma? Where we can use Lean Six Sigma? Critical evaluation of Lean Six Sigma Comparison with other methodologies Integration with other methodologies
What is Lean Six Sigma? Lean Six Sigma is a managerial concept combining Lean ( ) and Six Sigma ( ) that results in the elimination of the eight kinds of waste and an improved capability of performance The Lean Six Sigma concepts were first published in the book titled Lean Six Sigma: Combining Six Sigma with Lean Speed by Michael George and Peter Vincent in 2002
Wherewe can use Lean Six Sigma? • Private sector • Healthcare • Government • Insurance • Banking • Retail • Telecommunications • Engineering • Manufacturing • Services • IT • Marketing • Call centres • Engineering • Construction • Military Quality improvement Revenue enhancing Cost saving
Critical Evaluation of Lean Six Sigma
Comparing Waterfall, Agile, and Lean Six Sigma •Project focused •Fixed phases and linear timelines •Fixed requirements •Teams with clearly set goals and timelines Waterfall •Project focused •Short-termed delivery cycles •Agile requirements •Customer involvement •Empowered teams Agile •Process focused •Removes non-value added process steps •Reduces variation and improves quality •Speed + accuracy Lean Six Sigma Define Measure Analyse Improve Control
Combining Lean Six Sigma and Waterfall or Agile • Lean six sigma projects: • Determine which problems projects should address • Determine broad solutions • Waterfall projects: • Spawned in the ‘improve’ phase • Further define solutions • Establish process control Lean Six Sigma and waterfall • Possible models: • Initial approach • Lean six sigma facilitates rapid process definition and measurement exercises • During each iteration, lean six sigma analyses process performance, quantifies project value, facilitates feedback and backlog prioritisation, and assists with operational integration • Integrated approach • Lean six sigma projects provide initial definition and analysis of process areas • Agile projects are spawned on the ‘improve phase’ Lean Six Sigma and agile Define Measure Analyse Improve Control Waterfall projects
References • Bankston, A., n.d. Combining lean, six sigma and agile. [Online] Available at: www.lithespeed.com/resources/LeanAgileSixSigma_Overview.pdf [Accessed March 2014]. • Elzas Consultancy, 2010. Methodologies for project management compared, s.l.: Elzas Consultanty. • Gripman, Bill 2005, ‘Lean 6 Sigma - How We Do Business.’ Newsletter - United States. Navy Supply Corps 68.3 May/Jun, pp.: 11-12. • Hans Skalle, Bill Hahn(2013), Applying Lean, Six Sigma, BPM, and SOA to Drive Business Results. IBM Corp. • Ilieva, R, 2013, ‘Lean Six Sigma & Project Management’, PMI Bulgaria Chapter. • Improvement and Innovation , viewed 9 March 2014, http://www.improvementandinnovation.com/features/article/pros-and-cons-six-sigma-academic-perspective • iSixSigma(2014),Dictionary. Retrieved March 7th, from http://www.isixsigma.com/dictionary/ • Morgan, J, Brenig-Jones, M, 2001,n‘Lean Six Sigma for dummies’, Portable Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. • Naslund ,Dag 2008, ‘Lean, six sigma and lean sigma: fads or real process improvement methods?’, USA Business Process Management Journal Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 269-287. • Reijns T.J.F, 2010, ‘The advantages and limitations of Lean Six Sigma in process (re)design: Combining continuous improvement methods to align the product characteristics with the customer’s requirements. ‘ • Townsend, J., 2013. Can agile and lean six sigma coexist?. [Online] Available at: http://www.techwell.com/2013/05/can-agile-and-lean-six-sigma-coexist [Accessed March 2014]. • Woods, R., 2010. Integrating lean six sigma with agile and scrum. [Online] Available at: http://www.isixsigma.com/industries/software-it/integrating-lean-six-sigma-agile-and-scrum/ [Accessed March 2014].
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