Lean Six Sigma is part of the Toyota Production System (TPS) but, TPS is so much more than Lean Six Sigma. TPS is a complete system that engulfs the company, its suppliers, and its customers. You can approach TPS utilizing Lean Six Sigma but alone, it will not get you all the way there.
Determine your visions and goals and engage a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt to initiate the build of your Production System. A Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt manages Black Belts, Green Belts, Industrial Engineers, and Lean Senseis to deliver performance excellence to business.
- Define Value – what adds value to the customer and what doesn’t
- Map the Value Stream – this gives you a view from customer order to delivery
- Flow Where You Can, Pull Where You Must -Flow is the goal. It means that product travels from station to station without hesitation. Pull is driven from a customer order and replaces Push which is much less efficient.
- Perfection or Continuous Improvement – now that you are optimized, use Improvement Kata to continuously improve.
Toyota, The Best Run Company
Toyota is arguably the world’s best operated company. They have used their history and current knowledge of what their businesses to build an operating environment that has no rival. They understand the value of their people and the importance of a strong focus on learning. They accept risk when they understand the business value it will provide. Toyota overcomes mistakes only to become stronger.
Superior Business Performance
Business strategies usually fall in one of three areas. Operational Excellence, Customer Intimacy, or Innovation. There are enabling methodologies for each of the three areas.
Continuous Improvement, Policy Propagation, and Realization. Toyota’s Kata Methodology
The is how Toyota averages 4 Continuous Improvement Ideas from every employee per year. Utilize the full power of your employees intellect.
Process Improvement Methodologies
Improving a process requires a solid methodology. Lean Six Sigma has methodologies for improving and building new processes.
Lean Six Sigma Tools
The Lean toolbox given to a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt is impressive..