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Lean Six Sigma Foundations

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Learn what Lean Six Sigma is, why it is used, and how it can be applied to manufacturing, services, and supply chain management.

Lean Six Sigma combines the principles of lean enterprise and lean manufacturing with Six Sigma to improve performance and systematically remove waste. Supply chain expert and professor Steven Brown explains the basics of using Lean Six Sigma as a structure for your improvement efforts.

Steven outlines the process stages in Six Sigma (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control), along with the Lean toolkit: the 5s principles, kanban (scheduling), downtime, poka-yoke (error proofing), and kaizen (continuous improvement). He also explains how leadership works within Lean Six Sigma, the principles of project execution, and how Lean Six Sigma is applied to the service sector and supply chain management. Make sure to watch the "Next steps" video at the end of the course for further resources.


  • The continuous improvement culture
1. Introducing Lean Six Sigma
  • Why Six Sigma?
  • Why Lean?
  • Why Lean Six Sigma?
2. Understanding Six Sigma
  • Define
  • Measure
  • Analyze
  • Improve
  • Control
  • Design for Six Sigma
3. Understanding Lean
  • Lean metrics
  • Five Ss
  • Just in time
  • Total productive maintenance
  • Quality at the source
  • Continuous improvement
4. Implementing Lean Six Sigma
  • Lead the project
  • Control the project
  • Apply Lean Six Sigma to services
  • Lean Six Sigma for supply chain
  • Next steps

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Steven Brown

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