Lean Six Sigma Tools & Techniques

One of the most popular methods of improving business production and service quality is through system management known as lean Six Sigma. It is a new and improved version of the old Six Sigma methodology, it went from the successful system management to an actual real time system management that adapts to any situations and eliminates mistakes thus creating a better work environment that results in quality production and service. It depends on a number of techniques which we will go through.

Lean Six Sigma heavily relies on several tool and techniques, one of the most used one is CPM or  Critical Path Method. But one amazing fact is that CPM was not designed for Lean Six Sigma in the first place. This tool was invented way before the Lean Six Sigma was even a concept, but its full potential was discovered with the implementation of Lean Six Sigma. Critical Path Method is used to schedule the start of and completion of any sub-process, at the same time it help the green belts and black belts keep their eyes on the improvement of the Lean Six Sigma process.

Other Lean Six Sigma tool commonly used are FMEA or Failure mode and Effects Analysis, which is used to identify and eliminate any potential issues,. Then there are Kano Analysis and VOC requirements translation. These two tools are used to interpret the customer feedback and translate it into measurable statistical terms.

There are also Lean software tools, they use the basic concept described above for the mentioned Six Sigma techniques, the only difference is that they make the process easier and faster.

They are used to improve the efficiency which is the goal of Lean methodology. The most used Lean Six Sigma software tools are:

–         SixNet Intelligence

–         MiniTab

–         RapAnalysit

–         Six Sigma Calculator

The last parts are the Lean Six Sigma judgmental techniques and tools. These are the very basis of Lean Six Sigma. These tools and techniques play the most important part in decision making process. In other terms, these are the processes used for the Six Sigma experts to identify the issues and problem in the production or service and find an effective way to solve them. The most commonly used tools are:

–         Though Maps

–         Ishikawa Root Cause Analysis Diagram or the so called Fishbone diagram

–         Brain Storming and Affinity Group Tool

–         Regulation diagrams

All of the mentioned techniques and tools are essential in completing any desired goal through Lean Six Sigma methodology with success.