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The Lean Training You May Have Overlooked

It should come as no surprise that incorporating training courses when deploying lean across an organization is an effective way to sustain a lean culture. But the traditional in-class training format often poses several challenges: removing team members from daily work tasks, logistics, procuring a facilitator, budget approvals, and more. Another challenge is the sheer amount of knowledge participants are expected to retain in one sitting.  And if the training isn’t followed by application work and accountability, the result for the organization is minimal-to-no return on investment. So what options are available to counteract these challenges?

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How a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Can Reduce Your Supply Chain Variation

At the heart of six sigma is the principle of variation reduction: if we can understand and reduce variation in our processes, then we can implement improvement initiatives that will center the process and ensure accuracy and reliability of the process around customer expectations. For example, an average order-to-delivery cycle time of five days may reflect a variation between two and eight days. It is this variation that leads to customer doubt and the resultant inventory buildup and/or loss of sales.

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How Can a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Improve Your Supply Chain and Bottom Line?

While six sigma is highly process-focused, supply chain, as a discipline, is focused on the entire value stream - from process to process. This can present challenges in applying six sigma in a supply chain environment. Combining six sigma with lean principles (such as visibility, velocity, and flow) can fill the gap by incorporating a systems-thinking perspective that focuses on the entire value stream vs. single processes.

A lean six sigma green belt program focused on supply chain teaches professionals how to apply both lean and six sigma to the supply chain in order to increase customer value and ultimately, generate measured business results. 

Here are four ways a lean six sigma green belt can improve your supply chain - and overall bottom line.

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How Do Lean and Six Sigma Work Together?

Lean and six sigma are industry-recognized philosophies for business improvement.  When applied to supply chain, they can drive impactful results. While six sigma is highly process-focused, supply chain is focused on the entire value stream, from process to process. This can present challenges in applying six sigma in a supply chain environment.  Lean six sigma combines both lean and six sigma methodologies together, in order to eliminate waste and improve upon processes. This can be done through reducing waste caused by transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction and over-processing, as well as minimizing defects in manufactured products.

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: A Complete Guide to Principles

Whether they're consuming a product or service, customers experience the aggregate of all the processes with which a company operates. Ideally, these process should all be aimed at maximizing customer value at the lowest possible total cost. But many companies are challenged with lack of alignment throughout their organization. And when they fail to work as a value stream and operate with "silo thinking" -- it can have detrimental effects on their customers.

To truly drive value stream thinking, organizational leaders must constantly align the organization toward a purpose, while supporting all team members in increasing value and eliminating waste. This is the essence of lean leadership and a lean culture.

Lean teaches us that successful organizations are principle-based, instead of tool-based. Tools allow us to create formality and structure around our daily processes and problem solving, but it’s thinking and behaviors that take us to the next level.

The following blog series is a comprehensive guide for leaders to start thinking and operating by prinicples. Covering everything from communication and engagement to functional knowledge, this series is designed as a practical, lean leadership training tool for professionals to:

  • Read each lesson
  • Practice the principle (with recommendations highlighted in each lesson)
  • Reflect on improving personal management style and the overall organization

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How Do You Balance Leading and Driving Results?

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How Great Leaders Handle Conflict and Accountability (Lean Leadership Series)

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Are You Practicing These 5 Tips for Coaching Your Team?

 

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Communication Styles of Highly Effective Leaders

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Team Member Empowerment: It's Not As Difficult As You Think

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