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Ch 5: Lean Six Sigma Basics

About This Chapter

An understanding of Lean Six Sigma basics is essential for understanding the methods behind Six Sigma training. Use the lessons in this chapter to provide your employees with training on the history of Lean Six Sigma and the seven kinds of waste.

Lean Six Sigma Basics - Chapter Summary

The corporate training lessons in this chapter explain several different tips and techniques related to Lean Six Sigma, such as cycle time, takt time and the principles of the Lean Six Sigma. Your employees can also learn more about Lean Six Sigma through lessons on the following topics:

  • Difference between Lean and Six Sigma
  • The definition, history, principles and methodologies of Lean Six Sigma
  • Six Sigma principles as they apply to manufacturing
  • Examples of takt time
  • Difference between cycle time and takt time
  • Seven kinds of waste
  • Lean Six Sigma and yellow, green, black and master belts

These lessons can give your employees a thorough introduction to Lean Six Sigma and ways to carry out these principles and methods. Multiple-choice quizzes found at the end of each lesson help ensure that your employees understand and retain the material.

How It Helps

  • Increases knowledge: Lessons in this chapter can help your employees learn the proper techniques and skills that are used with Lean Six Sigma.
  • Encourages uniformity: When your employees use the lessons in this chapter, they could be able to set a uniform standard that can be used in carrying out Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma concepts.
  • Increases productivity: Employees that utilize the techniques in this chapter may increase productivity and logistics of a business by implementing the methods taught in this chapter.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, employees will be able to:

  • Distinguish between Lean and Six Sigma
  • Define what Lean Six Sigma is
  • List the principles used with Lean Six Sigma
  • Understand the history of Lean Six Sigma
  • Describe the seven kinds of waste
  • Integrate the principles to manufacturing with Six Sigma
  • Recognize examples of takt time
  • Distinguish the difference between cycle time and takt time
  • Identify the formula used for takt time
  • Learn about the different levels of Lean Six Sigma such as yellow belt, green belt, black belt and master black belt

13 Lessons in Chapter 5: Lean Six Sigma Basics
Lean vs. Six Sigma

1. Lean vs. Six Sigma

The following lesson examines the Lean and Six Sigma approaches, the appropriate situations for using either of the methods, and finally, an analysis of the differences between the two approaches.

What Is Lean Six Sigma? - Definition & Difference

2. What Is Lean Six Sigma? - Definition & Difference

Increasing efficiency and boosting profits are important to all businesses. But how can businesses do that? In this lesson, we'll examine the Lean Six Sigma program, including how it can help businesses eliminate waste and become more efficient.

Lean Six Sigma: Principles & Methodology

3. Lean Six Sigma: Principles & Methodology

Quality management approaches help organizations to continually improve their performance and remaining relevant and competitive in their industry. In this lesson, we take a look at the principles and methodology of an approach called Lean Six Sigma.

History of Lean Six Sigma

4. History of Lean Six Sigma

This lesson looks at the history of Lean Six Sigma, how this methodology has evolved over the years, and the impact it has had on quality management in organizations.

Lean Six Sigma: Seven Kinds of Waste (TIMWOODS)

5. Lean Six Sigma: Seven Kinds of Waste (TIMWOODS)

Wasteful practices can cost a company a lot of money. There are many methods to help a company remove waste. This lesson centers around 7 important places to start using Lean Six Sigma.

Applying Six Sigma Principles to Manufacturing

6. Applying Six Sigma Principles to Manufacturing

This lesson examines Six Sigma, a methodology used for quality management and control, and applies it to the manufacturing field. The lesson also describes Six Sigma principles that are applied in manufacturing.

Takt Time: Definition & Example

7. Takt Time: Definition & Example

It is no surprise that companies often produce products based on the demand of their customers. But what you may not know is how fast or slow production takes place is often precisely calculated and is referred to as takt time.

Cycle Time vs. Takt Time

8. Cycle Time vs. Takt Time

In order for a product to be completed, it often must go through many processes first. During this lesson we will learn how a company manages the amount of time a product has to move through production.

Takt Time: Formula & Calculation

9. Takt Time: Formula & Calculation

Companies have to make products based on what their customers demand. But how does a company know how many products they need to make each day to meet that demand? In this lesson we will learn the answer to this question.

Lean Six Sigma vs. Six Sigma: Yellow Belt

10. Lean Six Sigma vs. Six Sigma: Yellow Belt

Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma are organizational improvement programs with slightly different focal points. In this lesson, you'll learn about their similarities and differences and what constitutes a Yellow Belt designation.

Lean Six Sigma vs. Six Sigma: Green Belt

11. Lean Six Sigma vs. Six Sigma: Green Belt

Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma are both systems for streamlining business processes and reducing waste, but they're not identical. In this lesson, we'll discuss the differences between Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma, focusing on the Green Belt level.

Lean Six Sigma vs. Six Sigma: Black Belt

12. Lean Six Sigma vs. Six Sigma: Black Belt

Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma are two methods used for reducing waste and streamlining business processes, but there are differences between them. In this lesson, we'll compare and contrast Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma, focusing on the Black Belt level.

Lean Six Sigma vs. Six Sigma: Master Black Belt

13. Lean Six Sigma vs. Six Sigma: Master Black Belt

In this lesson, we discuss Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma, which is a method for streamlining business processes. We'll be focusing on the MBB Certification and then you'll be able to test your knowledge with a quiz!

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