What Is Lean Six Sigma And Its Enhancement

What is Lean Six Sigma and its enhancement should be something that organizations address when initiating a process improvement initiative.


What is Lean Six Sigma (LSS)?

LSS is a process improvement program which integrates the concepts of Six Sigma defect reduction with Lean waste reduction.

Categories often associated with Six Sigma improvement efforts are:

  • Customer satisfaction improvement
  • Reducing defects
  • Reducing variation
  • Statistical assessments

Waste reduction in the following areas is often associated with Lean:

  • Overproduction
  • Waiting
  • Transportation
  • Inventory
  • Overprocessing
  • Motion
  • Defects


Business Enhancements

LSS is not a business management system.

LSS process improvement efforts typically follow a Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) project execution roadmap.

A shortcoming of LSS deployments is that improvement projects often are selected from a list of potential candidates without evaluating the enterprise as a whole. Benefits from projects are often reported in financial savings; however, often these reported amounts can be deceiving; e.g., 100 million was saved, but nobody can find the money.

The Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) business management system addresses these issues where the tool sets of Lean and Six Sigma are structurally integrated into the LSS project execution roadmap and 9-step IEE business management system as well.


IEE roadmap


Additional Information on LSS and its enhancement

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