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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