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How can the Lean Six Sigma methodology be applied to Supply Chain problems?

All Things Supply Chain

The first mentions of Lean Six Sigma date back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. Increase of practical application of “combined methodology”, resulted in creation of the theoretical concept…

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25 Lean Manufacturing Tools – 5S, Six Sigma & Beyond


Lean Six Sigma Six Sigma is a set of methodologies first devised by Motorola in the 1980s, designed to improve the quality of Motorola’s products to the point where defects were so rare as to be statistically insignificant. When combined with lean practices, it becomes Lean Six Sigma.


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Do Lean and Six Sigma have a place in tomorrow’s supply chain?

The Network Effect

Before I answer the title question, let’s have a quick refresher on what exactly Lean and Six Sigma are. Six Sigma owes its roots to the Statistical Process Control developments made by Dr. Walter Shewhart of Bell Laboratories in the 1920′s and later expanded upon by Dr. W. Edwards Deming. Absolutely.

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Lean vs. Six Sigma: Which Methodology is Better?

USC Consulting Group

If you’re in manufacturing, you’ve certainly heard of two process methodologies, Lean and Six Sigma. Lean, which has been around forever and has recently migrated from the manufacturing floor into other industries (they’re even talking about Lean HR methods) and Six Sigma, a newer technique. Yes indeed.

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What Supply Chain Leaders Keep Getting Wrong

Speaker: David Blonski, Chief Operations Officer of Elementum

By investing in the same ideas and initiatives they always have: a new ERP, better demand planning, doubling down on six sigma. In an environment that’s never been more challenging, supply chain leaders are as determined as ever to decrease costs and improve performance.

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How Cummins Power Generation Used Lean Six Sigma to Achieve Significant Transportation Savings

Talking Logistics

This often requires a major shift in thinking – from the top down – and for many, implementing a formal process improvement methodology such as Lean Six Sigma (LSS). Lean Six Sigma is about not simply accepting the old way of doing things, but asking “Why do I do that?” or “Is there a better way?”.

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Lean Six Sigma: Do You Really Know These Methodologies? (eBook)

USC Consulting Group

Another, newer term is often bandied about when talking about Lean: Six Sigma, a methodology designed to tackle defects in manufacturing and product/service development. Two sides of the same coin, while Lean looks at making processes more efficient and reducing process lead times, Six Sigma focuses on cutting down on defects.