Lean Six Sigma Training Attacks the 8 Kinds of Waste

Six Sigma training was originally based on the science of quality control. What was a part of the reduction of error and defective manufacturing was adapted to a broad spectrum of business beyond manufacturing. The focus always remained the same, Six Sigma methods were designed to reduce errors and produce higher quality outcomes.

Lean Six Sigma programs were concerned with the other half of efficiency picture, speed and production. Lean Six Sigma focusses on sources of duplication and bottlenecks that reduce productivity. The Lean Six Sigma process identifies areas where waste can be removed. Eight types of waste in organizations stand out.

  1. Waiting–It may be having to wait for the next activity, process, step or item of information. Process wait time can take up the majority of a process cycle.
  2. Overproduction–Making to much of a product or preparing for too much service ahead of demand can result in waste from over-effort, too much production that can’t be converted to profit or idle staff.
  3. Error correction–Having to spend resources correcting errors or mistakes can severely reduce efficiency.
  4. Over-processing of information, data, excessive testing, or unmarketable features on products can result in a lot of wasted effort.
  5. Excessive moves–Offices or shop floors that require excessive motion, or excessive transfer of people, supplies, materials and documents can result in massive wasted energy and resource allocation as well as possible employee health problems.
  6. Too much inventory–excessive overstock of raw materials or supplies requires wasted maintenance as well as loss from expired inventory.
  7. Intellectual waste–failure to make use of available talents and intellectual resources can mean poor matching of people and tasks and failure to use personnel efficiently.
  8. Unnecessary transporting of equipment, people or components could mean inefficient office or shop floor design that slows processes.

The original Six Sigma emphasis on quality control and the Lean Six Sigma emphasis on efficiency, are complimentary parts of a management tool-kit. Both training can be pursued together to vastly improve the return on effort for any organization.

Thomas Pyzdek wrote the book on Six Sigma training and certification, and offers certification course for Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma at all levels. Please contact us to learn more.

Lean Overview

Price: $85.00

SKU: L101

A 3-hour online overview of the Lean approach to eliminating waste and maximizing work flow. When you have finished this course:

  • You will understand what Lean is and why it is important
  • You will know about the most important Lean topics, such as value and muda
  • You will be familiar with Lean terminology

The estimated time commitment for this course is 3.0 hours. You have 30 days to complete the training.

Lean Training and Certification

Lean Expert Payment Plan

Price: $175.00


Lean Expert

Price: $450.00


Before you undertake Six Sigma, you should apply Lean principles to design work and design workplaces to maximize efficiency and eliminate waste. This course covers the complete Lean body of knowledge in 11 online learning modules developed and presented by Thomas Pyzdek. Pyzdek is the author of numerous works on operational excellence, including The Six Sigma Handbook, The Quality Engineering Handbook, and The Handbook of Quality Management. His work is widely acclaimed for making seemingly complex subjects easy to understand.

In this course you will learn to create value streams where work flows based on the pull of customer demand. The Lean approach taught here is that pioneered by Toyota and used worldwide in industries as varied as manufacturing, services and healthcare. Pyzdek employs the latest e-learning technology and methods. The training is 100% online and completely self-paced. You have 90 days to complete the training and we estimate the total time commitment to be approximately 20 hours.

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