Knowledge about the various methodologies under Lean Six Sigma is essential to implement and maintain it.
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The common methodologies being used in Lean Six Sigma are DMAIC, 5S, Kaizen, and DMADV. Let’s take a look at what each of them mean.
DMAIC is an acronym for Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control. These five steps are used to achieve process improvement through reduction in defects. Lean Six Sigma uses the DMAIC process to identify and eliminate the root causes of problems that limit the productivity of processes. It also measures and analyses processes so that they keep operating at the optimum level. DMAIC achieves enhanced productivity and improvements in the quality of the end product. As it eliminates defects, it also leads to waste reduction and cost-effectiveness.
5S is a system and a work culture enhancement method used to eliminate waste and achieve continuous improvement. The five S’ of this system are seiri (sort), seiton (systemise), seiso (sweep), seiketsu (standardise), and shitsuke (self-discipline). These five S’ are introduced in an organisation or a department that helps to take preventive and corrective measures to eliminate defects. This system assists in organising with the aim to reduce waste. At the end, both reduction in waste and enhancement in productivity is achieved.
Kaizen is a Sino-Japanese word, which means ‘good change’. Kaizen is a system adopted to achieve process improvement, workplace culture improvement, and elimination of waste. It involves humanising the workplace and removing excessive work. Kaizen encourages experimentation and participation. Each employee of the organisation participates in Kaizen to improve the work culture and achieve growth of human resources.
The DMADV is an acronym for Define, Measure, Analyse, Design and Verify. It is a system improvement tool that helps to develop new processes or products using the Lean Six Sigma methodologies of waste elimination and process productivity enhancement. This methodology is also implemented in existing processes to achieve continuous improvement.
Define: Defining the goals of the project
Measure: Determine the requirements and needs of the customer
Analyse: Examine process options available to meet the determined customer requirements
Design: Detailing the processes to achieve customer requirements
Verify: Confirm if the process chosen will meet customer requirements
The various systems and methods used under Lean Six Sigma creates mechanisms that enhance value of processes, human resources, work cultures and provide optimum worth to both the customers and the company. Lean Six Sigma achieves improvement in the process of manufacturing and also in its end result.
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