Lean Six Sigma | Types of Belts in Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma | Types of Belts in Lean Six Sigma

→ Lean Six Sigma is a combination of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Methodology.

What is Lean Six Sigma?

 Lean Six Sigma is a fact-based, data-driven philosophy of improvement.
 Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Methodology are two different powerful process improvement methodologies.
 It is a data-driven approach to increase profit, the satisfaction of the customer and improves effectiveness and efficiency.
→ Lean Six Sigma combines Toyota's lean manufacturing philosophy and Motorola's Six Sigma management strategy.
→ As per ASQ (The American Society for Quality), “Lean Six Sigma is a fact-based, data-driven philosophy of improvement and it is focusing on defect prevention over defect detection."
→ Lean Six Sigma is a team-focused managerial approach that seeks to improve performance by eliminating wastes and variations.
→ Barbara Wheat introduced the book: Learning into Six Sigma
→ The first concept of Lean Six Sigma was introduced in this book in 2001.

History of Lean Six Sigma:

➤ Lean Concept:

→ "Lean" refers to any method or tool that helps to identify and eliminate waste.
→ The Lean Concept of management focus on the elimination of eight kinds of waste known as "TIMWOODS".
→ TIMWOODS is an abbreviation of Lean Wastes like Transportation, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Over Production, Over Processing, Defect, Skill-set or non-utilized talent.
 Lean is introduced by Toyota and Taiichi Ohno.
 It has its origin as the Toyota Production System (TPS).
Lean Tools are used for Lean manufacturing or Production.
 Lean concept has evolved over the years into a system for both manufacturing and service sectors.
 Lean is very much about improving flow, reducing waste and maximizing profit.
 Mainly the Lean is focused on Process Flow and waste issues.
 By improving this we can get more productivity.

➤ Six Sigma Concept:

→ Six Sigma improves manufacturing processes by using tools and techniques.
 In 1980's, Motorola with his team of engineers developed the Six Sigma concept.
→ Its intent is to improve processes by identifying and eliminating the causes of defects and variations in business and manufacturing processes.
→ Six Sigma's DMAIC phases are utilized in Lean Six Sigma.
→ The DMAIC stands for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control.
→ Six Sigma is a decision-making method based on data and statistics for improving, optimizing and stabilizing business and manufacturing processes.
 This was not only a standard to measure productivity, but also it measures a cultural change in the organization.
 Six Sigma helped Motorola to improve its profit and product quality.
 After the success of Six Sigma in Motorola, Six Sigma has been adopted by many companies in the world.

➤ How Lean Six Sigma concept was born?

 By combining these two methodology Lean and Six Sigma the Lean Six Sigma was born.
 Lean Six Sigma becomes an effective system that improves product quality and minimizes wastes in a system or process.
 It helps all business to improve its performances.
→ A combined management approach, LSS amplifies the strengths and minimizes the weaknesses of both approaches when used alone.
→ Lean Six Sigma first emphasizes the use of Lean methodologies and tools to identify and remove waste and increase productivity.
→ Then it follows the use of Six Sigma methodologies and tools to identify and reduce variation in a system or process.
→ Most of the organization now choose to use Lean Six Sigma rather than just choose any one methodology Lean or Six Sigma.

Types of Belts in Lean Six Sigma

➦ Lean Six Sigma also uses Belt levels as per expertise level as similar to Six Sigma.
  • Yellow Belt: This is referred to as basic awareness
  • Green Belt: A focus on the use of tools and the application of DMAIC and lean principles
  • Black Belt: Full-time project leader
  • Master Black Belt: A Black Belt with a minimum of two years of experience. Able to guide the Black Belt.
Types of Belts in Lean Six Sigma

Key principles of Lean Six Sigma:

→ Focus on the customer.
→ Identify and understand how the work gets done (the value stream).
→ Manage and smooth the process flow.
→ Remove Non-Value-Added steps and waste.
→ Decision making based on the data and reduce variation.
→ Involvement of the people in the process.
→ Perform improvement activity in a systematic way.

Lean Six Sigma Methodology

➦ There are two different methodologies:
  1. DMADV methodology - used to design new products, services, and processes
  2. DMAIC methodology - used for improvement activity in current running products, services, and processes
Lean Six Sigma Methodology DMAIC and DMADV

 [1] DMADV Methodology

→ This methodology is used to design new products, services, and processes.

➦ Define:
→ In this phase, everyone who participated in the project knows their role.
→ Discuss with the team, why you are doing the project and what you are trying to achieve with the project.

➦ Measure:
→ In this phase, you need to focus on defining and understanding customer needs.
→ We have to create a complete picture of the current process state and establish current baselines.
 Also, check your process capability in this phase.

➦ Analyze:
→ Now you can move from what the customer needs to how you might achieve this.
→ Identify key functions and characteristics.
→ Analyze the functions to check their capability and ensure that they are fit for purpose.

➦ Design:
→ At this stage, you need to add detail to the various elements of the design.
→ Check the performance of design on the prototype sample and evaluate the capability of the design.

➦ Verify:
→ This is where you want to assess the achievements made and the lessons learned.
→ Verify the results in relation to the original specifications and targets.

➤ [2] DMAIC Methodology

→ This methodology is used for improvement activity for an already ongoing process, product or service.

➦ Define:
→ Projects start with a problem that needs solving.
→ In this phase, everyone who participated in the project knows their role.
→ Discuss with the team, why you are doing the project and what you are trying to achieve with the project.

➦ Measure:
→ As per the problem defined in the Define phase, some work done based on that.
→ During Measure phase, you need to clarify things by seeing how the work gets done.

➦ Analyze:
→ In the Analyze phase, you know what is happening?
→ It is time to find out why this is happening?
→ Based on the fact to check out the possible causes and get to the root cause.

➦ Improve:
→ In the Improve phase, we need to know about the process and the problem.
→ And we need to find out the best solution of the root cause.
→ In the Improve phase, the team checks the sustainability of the changes were made during the project.

➦ Control:
→ The control phase is the final phase of the DMAIC Methodology.
→ In the control phase, Update Process Documentation like Standard operating procedures (SOP's), Control plan, Process Maps, Work Instructions, Visual Aids, etc.
→ So that we can ensure that the process is carried out consistently.

Benefits of Lean Six Sigma:

→ Lean Six Sigma helps the organization to grow business in the following ways: Increases Profit, Decreases Manufacturing Costs, Improves Efficiency & Effectiveness
→ Helps to Develop People/Employee friendly working culture
→ Customer Satisfaction
→ Improve Product Quality
→ Reduce wasteful activity and improve productivity
→ Creates a competitive advantage for the organization
→ It helps to improve the efficiency and quality of the process.

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