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With the increasing growth of technology in the workplace, organisations are faced with rapidly changing business conditions. In response, organisations are recruiting people with ITIL certifications and other IT governance training to make lasting and agile changes.

Another way to achieve this is through the combination of Six Sigma and lean management.

As ITIL training and other qualifications become more prominent, will business be able to overcome disruptions?

What is lean management?

To be a lean thinker, a person needs to consider strategies for maximising customer value and reducing waste and implementing these strategies in an effective manner. A perfect lean organisation would maximise customer value with zero waste. 

The crux of lean management is the focus on organisation-wide processes that flow horizontally across a range of business areas, rather than on individual assets and departments. 

These processes are called value streams and include all the activities, practices, materials, personnel and information that has to come together to  build organisational value. By eliminating waste along these streams, instead of individual focal points, an organisation can streamline or create processes that use less human capital and less space.

A popular misconception is that lean management is only for manufacturing. However it is equally adept at increasing value and trimming waste in service-based organisations. 

What is Six Sigma and how can it facilitate lean thinking?

During periods of transition, organisations tend to look for new management structures that can support these decisions. With lower staff retention rates and changing value streams, the transition period is an excellent opportunity to rethink the very foundations of product delivery.

This is where Six Sigma comes in.

How could Six Sigma facilitate a lean transformation?How could Six Sigma facilitate a lean transformation?

Six Sigma is well suited to lean thinking as both aim to increase the value of products delivered to the customer.

Six Sigma’s focuses on reducing the variability in processes and eliminating the defects that can harm overall quality. The data-driven approach to creating value offers lean thinkers the statistical information needed to maintain consistency across the lines of production.

People with a background in these methodologies are in demand, as organisations see the worth of an employee who can lead or be part of the transition process. 

If you would like to know more about how you can talk advantage of Six Stigma’s attractive qualities, make sure you talk to ALC training today

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