Lean and Six Sigma: The same or different?

Ferguson, Douglas
December 2006
Management Services;Winter2006, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p14
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the similarities and differences of Lean and Six Sigma programs aimed at guiding businesses on which program is applicable to maximize returns. Both are planned change initiatives with objectives to reduce or eliminate waste. While Six Sigma has led to cost reductions in accounting, material management and manufacturing, there is little or no participation beyond the project team and no effect on the culture or the organization as a whole. The lean organization teaches that success is achieved when the entire value stream is improved. It educates, engages and empowers the entire workforce to identify and eliminate waste.


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