Lean and six sigma: The same or different?

Ferguson, Douglas
September 2007
Management Services;Autumn2007, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p12
Academic Journal
The article presents a reprint of the article "Lean and six sigma: The same or different?" by Douglas Ferguson which appeared in a publication of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. It emphasizes that returns can be maximized when differences between lean and six sigma are recognized. As a programme, six sigma uses a methodology called DMAIC (determine, measure, analyse, implement, and control) to identify and eliminate waste. As a philosophy, lean is all about continuous improvement through the elimination of waste.


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