LeanSix Sigma is a term that was assimilated from Toyota Corporation(Longo, 2012).It emphasizes its attention on reducing the duration that is takenbetween the production of a service or product and the time itreaches a customer. Lean achieves this by completely removing allfactors that are not necessary for production of goods and services,and it ultimately aids a business to streamline its problems andproduction processes (Longo,2012).It employs statistical tools to try out to figure out the variationof a production process. If the outcome of the production process isnot as it is supposed to be, further tools can be applied. Thus,today for any business to survive it has to streamline its businessenvironment and the manufacturing process as traditional processes ofmanaging organizations have proven to be inadequate (Longo,2012).It is for this purpose that organizations that need to be leaders inthe business word have adopted because it is moreeffective.
Applicationof in ABC Corporation
Theimplementation of the model is done with a black belt employeeserving as the manager. The team will try to solve theproblem through the application of DMAIC, a five phase process(Furterer, 2009).First, the team has to define the problem (Longo,2012).In ABC Company, the problem is that there is a delay in deliveringthe raw materials that are used in the production process. Thus, sucha delay is making the production process fall short of theorganization and customer’s expectation. The next step involvesmeasuring the problem (Longo,2012).In this stage, the team will investigate all components of theproduction process collecting all relevant data that will be usefulin solving the problem.
TheABC team will try to investigate how the problem has affected theorganization in relation to customers, market shares and revenues.Once that data has been collected, the ABC team will move to the nextstage and analyze the information with six sigma model and provideuseful information about the problem (Longo,2012).Here you identify the important causes of the problem and how itaffects the process. The next stage will involve coming up withsolutions and implementing them. Possible solutions are like findingalternative quick transport system that will reduce the delay or havea storage system that allows raw materials to be stored in surplus inthe ABC warehouse in an effort to reduce shortage and productionprocess delay.
Thissolution will enable the organization to always have raw materialswhen they need them. The results after changes will carefully bemeasured and where necessary adjustments will be made. The finalstage is control, if the results are desirable and performing at apredictable level, the process is maintained while at the same timeit is continually monitored for variation (Longo,2012).If it turns out that employing a quick transport system in the supplychain and having surplus raw materials will eliminate the delay, thenABC will adopt and maintain the process.
Whena company combines Six Sigma and Lean successfully, it can reap a lotof benefits(George, 2002). brings awareness and action in an organization thusallowing employees and manager to react wisely and promptly towardsthe problem in the production process through Kaizen and revealproblems and their roots in an organization(George, 2002).
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George, M. L.(2002). LeanSix Sigma: Combining Six Sigma quality with lean speed.New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
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