Title: Lean Six Sigma Author: Joanna S. Stephens Professor: Charles L. McDonald, Jr., Ph.D. Class: MIS528 Emerging Technologies in MIS Semester: Spring 2007 Assignment: Students in TAMU-T’s graduate level Emerging Technologies in MIS class of spring 2007 were assigned to conduct research on an emerging technology topic of their choice, submit a proposal with references, and, ifapproved, develop papers that satisfied specific criteria. Each paper should contain an introduction, a summary, and a section addressing the significance of the topic. The Turnitin site was used to evaluate the paper for plagiarism and provide an originality report to the student. To receive credit, papers had to satisfy academic integrity issues, be grammatically correct, free of spelling errors,meaningfully organized, and contentrich. Abstract: Organizations use Lean to simplify and standardize business processes. The objective of Lean is to provide organizations the means to deliver the best quality products and services at the lowest cost and in the fastest time. Six Sigma utilizes analytical tools and processes to measure quality and eliminate variances in processes. Theobjective of Six Sigma is to produce near perfect products and services that will satisfy customers. Lean Six Sigma promotes continuous improvement of processes by both analyzing sources of waste and reducing waste. Lean Six Sigma provides organizations the tools to define, measure, analyze, improve, and control their processes. The Department of Defense is implementing Lean Six Sigma to cut costs,reduce waste, and speed up processes. The Department of the Army is utilizing Lean Six Sigma to revolutionize a variety of processes, including manufacturing, repairs, and administrative and human resource tasks. Lean Six Sigma allows the Department of the Army to become more efficient without sacrificing the soldier, the mission, or military programs.
1 Journal of Organizational Leadership & Business Summer 2007
Lean Six Sigma Organizations can utilize Lean Six Sigma to continuously improve their business processes. Lean is a philosophy that reduces or eliminates unnecessary time, materials, and effort. Six Sigma is a concept designed to improve the overall effectiveness by defining, measuring, analyzing, improving, andcontrolling processes. Lean Six Sigma allows organizations to reduce expenses and improve productivity. An increasing number of Department of Defense organizations are utilizing Lean Six Sigma to improve their business processes. Summary: The auto industry has been the forerunner in analyzing and improving production processes. In the early years, the first innovations and improvements were made by theAmerican sector of auto manufacturing, closely followed by the British and European auto companies. Continuous advancements in mass production techniques allowed manufacturers to produce automobiles that were more affordable and reliable. In the 1960s, Japanese firms earnestly began to search for ways to enter the automobile markets. Toyota utilized western production techniques, improved them, andcreated the Toyota Production System, a Lean manufacturing system. It is built on the belief that the organization will succeed when it respects the knowledge of its employees and exploits their skills and expertise to improve the production process. Toyota emphasizes the need for continuous learning. The Toyota Production System has enabled Toyota to maintain the highest quality possible, whileallowing it to change production processes quickly and efficiently. Toyota’s success with Lean manufacturing encouraged all other automobile companies to implement their own Lean systems. Today, the Lean philosophy is spreading from big automobile manufacturers to different industry sectors, including small businesses, service providers, retailers, and governments. Lean is a philosophy that...
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