Lean

LEAN PROCESS ANALYSIS AND REDESIGN
Innovating on products and services inevitably requires a review of existing internal processes in order to ensure efficient delivery of your innovations. The systems and processes that we re-engineer will be designed for market agility so that your business will be able to react nimbly to customer needs on an ongoing basis.

Once your processes are defined, we also help you to define measurements to track your process behaviour and measure its effectiveness.

WHAT IS LEAN?

Removal of waste from processes

Forms of waste include:

• Transport
• Inventory
• Motion
• Waiting
• Over Production
• Over Processing
• Defects
• Skills

WHAT ARE LEAN SYSTEMS?
Lean, often thought of in relation to creating a leaner process than the process currently in place, actually refers to a theory based on that of the Toyota Production System. Here, lean was implemented to improve the quality and flow of production while eliminating the waste of company resources.

Lean isn’t a short-term tactic, but rather a long-term attitude to improving how a business creates its products and ships them to their customers, while basing the entire process on the customer’s needs and wants. In other words, lean is a strategy utilized to improve a company’s processes and designed from the consumer’s perspective.

When you have an optimally lean process in place, you are able to perform smoothly and at peak efficiency without compromising quality. In the end, this leads to higher profit margins and reduced operating costs.

WHAT IS SIX SIGMA?

Measuring and quantifying efficiency

More specifically:

• Quality standard: 3.4 defects per one million opportunities
• Uses DMAIC or DMADV as processes to measure and design for efficiency

HOW DOES SIX SIGMA WORK?
Six Sigma, on the other hand, is used to measure the efficiency of processes, using statistical analysis to measure and quantify efficiency. Any statistical outliers are then analyzed, which could result in a process improvement opportunity.

At the end of the day, when your process is statistically running at a Six Sigma level, it is producing virtually zero defects. For example, if you were manufacturing 1 million smartphones, statistically only 3.4 out of the million would be defective. This low rate of defects leads to greater customer and vendor loyalty, improved brand reputation, and ultimately higher sales.

SHOULD YOUR COMPANY
GO WITH LEAN OR SIX SIGMA?
Since Six Sigma is heavily rooted in statistical analysis, it is best suited for moments when processes are data-rich. For example, this strategy is used heavily in the automotive sector when designing car and truck parts, such as doors, hoods, and windows.
INITIAL CUSTOMER MAPPING SESSION

At PointPath, we will take the time to deeply understand the way your business operates, and recommend a holistic and customized solution that will include one or a combination of lean, Six Sigma, agile, design thinking, and customer experience.

Call our Head Office at 226-373-8226 or email [email protected] to arrange for your session today!

How can we help you grow your business?

CONTACT

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PointPath has offices in the GTA and London, Ontario