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.
The concept of variation reduction is paramount to the supply chain professional. If we can understand and control variation in our processes from supplier to customer, then we will be able to reduce our reliance on buffers dramatically.
For example, a manufacturer has leveled demand from a supplier who is an hour down the road from the plant, yet the manufacturer continues to carry 12 days worth of that supplier's parts in inventory. Why? Most likely the answer is twofold. The first reason is that the leveled flow (and therefore low variability of demand) is not understood; the second reason is more emotional. The emotional part of the equation is simply that industry is addicted to inventory. Make no mistake about it - industry has an addiction to inventory, and as with any addiction, inventory is something that most companies cannot imagine living without!
Combining this concept with waste reduction (lean) in the supply chain is what our Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course is all about. Professionals can expect to learn these concepts along with many others - advancing their careers and their organizations along the way.
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Results-oriented, the new Lean Six Sigma Green Belt blended course teaches professionals how to apply lean six sigma to the supply chain in order to increase customer value and ultimately, generate measured business results. Through self-paced online coursework, virtual coaching sessions, and an improvement project, students will learn the skills, knowledge, and tools consistent with industry expectations of a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
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