The Lean Six Sigma is a Business Improvement Strategy that integrate two approaches: Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. this results in a improved capability of performance and in addition, to the elimination of the eight kinds of wastes , classified as Defects, Overproduction, Waiting, Non-Utilized Talent, Transportation, Inventory, Motion and Extra-Processing.
In separate ways, the main emphasis of Lean is on cutting out unnecessary and wasteful steps in the creation of a product so that only steps that directly add value to the product are taken. So, this mean speed, the processes are going to be faster and more efficient.
The Six Sigma isolation eliminate defects and waste, thereby improving quality and efficiency, by streamlining and improving all business processes.
The training for Lean Six Sigma is provided through the belt based training system, This belt personnel are designated as color belts, similar to karate wich are yellow, green, black and red. For each of these belt levels skill sets are available that describe which of the overall Lean Six Sigma tools are expected to be part at a certain Belt level. These skill sets provide a detailed description of the learning elements that a participant will have acquired after completing a training program. The level upon which these learning elements may be applied is also described. The skill sets reflects elements from Six Sigma, Lean and other process improvement methods like TOC (Theory of constraints) and TPM (Total Productive Maintenance).
The union of this approaches to help companies streamline operations, increase value and reduce wasteis very powerful, bisides, there are number of benefits that businesses can achieve by using these tools, like the customer satisfaction, because the Lean Six Sigma focuses not only on product improvements, but also improvements to product delivery methods and other customer service activities that can impact in this customer satisfaction.
It reducets costs too, associated with improvements to processes to require less time and emloyee resources at the same time, so there is going to be employee growth, cause the unnecessary extra-work is not needed. Even, includes employee involvement, through their participation on process improvement teams designed to help them improve processes and increase value for their customers, internal and external.
Other benefits about Lean Six Sigma is that Revenue increase, by appying this kind of Business Improvement Strategy, so after processes were improved, the revenue increase and even th efficiency.
So I think this is a good way to improve the processes of any company, because it helps to increase the cooperation of all components of the company, having a good comunication between all of them, it helps to optimize time and resources and to the general development of the company.