If you think of projects, you think of a group of people working together to achieve a certain objective, like setting up a website, building a new software application, starting a new branch, etc. Lean Six Sigma projects are similar. It also means a group of people working to achieve an objective. The objective, though, is not to establish something new, but to improve the way things have been done.

In other words: Lean Six Sigma projects focus on improving your performance and your processes.

For example, today I was at a company where we are working to reduce the lead-time of the financial reporting. Now it takes 24 calendar days to close the month and finish the reports on profit and loss, the balance sheet, cash flow and other operational reports.

We look into the process. We do this with different stakeholders, who are invited to the team, like managers, CFO, administrative personnel. All of them are active in some part of the process we are dealing with. This is the same for each project.

A difference compared to usual projects is that we always start collecting data. Data that give a good idea about the current performance. In today’s example we will measure the number of calendar days it currently takes to finish the monthly reports. This will serve as our baseline data to which we will compare the future improved performance.

After this we will use Lean Six Sigma – in a practical way. I have described this in earlier blog articles: Using 20% of the tools to achieve over 80% of the results. Without a lot of theory and without loads of statistics. But we will use data and we will use the power and knowledge of the team.

Together with the team we will look what causes the performance to be below expectation. We select the main causes and don’t waste time with the minor ones.

Then we will identify countermeasures or improvement actions. Actions we hope will have a positive influence on the performance.

After executing the actions, we will measure again to see if our actions indeed improved the performance.

A short recap:

  • Leans Six Sigma projects focus on improving processes
  • They use data to be able to measure improvement
  • They follow a clear road-map with 5 phases
  • They work with a team of stakeholders, all playing a part in the process

Would you like to know more about Lean Six Sigma and how you can use it in a practical, easy way to solve your issues? Please, join our Green Belt programme.

We have two options available: the theory certificate. Online and independently you can study the material and take the online exams. I would advise, though, to go for the practical certificate: You will receive professional coaching on your real-life project from me.

This offers three advantages:

  1. You get hands-on experience with LSS project management
  2. You’ll benefit from our support with acquiring the methodology and implementing your project
  3. Your real-life project has the potential to greatly benefit your company.

For more information look at: http://herku.com/greenbelt.

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