TEN tips to enable Lean Six Sigma deployment in your organization:
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1. KEEP THE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION OPEN
- Talk and inform often
- Educate and empower,
knowledge, skill, practice and competence, on-going mastery and teaching others
- Trust, honesty and
information = transparency
- Give everyone a head
start, a common language, goal and purpose and unleash the power of LSS on your
2. GIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE FOR INPUT AND FEEDBACK
- Get everyone engaged,
excited and hands-on, involved and aboard with your LSS initiative and plans
- Introduce feedback and
coaching, establishing communication channels where before there might have
3. CREATE AND CULTIVATE THE RIGHT WORKING CONTEXT AND ENVIRONEMENT WHERE
HONESTY IS ALWAYS THE BEST POLICY!
- Set communication and
information sharing, learning and openness (transparency) as an organizational
- Less people will feel
threatened and insecure about speaking up, hiding errors for fear of
embarrassment or consequences (like being held accountable or losing their jobs
or face in front of others)
- Treat each other with
respect and share ideas, issues openly, always keeping in mind the overall
benefit (or detriment) for all if closer attention are paid to certain issues
or challenges at hand.
4. TAKE NOTICE, REWARD, ENCOURAGE AND CELEBRATE!
- Select examples of
great achievements within LSS, samples, project studies, specifics, general,
share and celebrate them all-round. Give credit and recognition to the team
where it is due, even for accomplishments that made a great difference for the
company, a specific area or problem that was solved. It is highly motivational
and quite an incentive for many to keep trying and even do more!
5. Implement a system and metrics and monitor process BUT ALSO PROGRESS!!
- Formalized record and
tracking is essential for these LSS processes and initiative to WORK and LAST!
Ensure they are streamlines and purposeful, organized and regularly occur.
6. STICK TO THE BASICS and KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!
- It sounds easy enough,
but believe me, we get sidetracked so easily in the intricacies of
calculations, metrics and spreadsheets, that we often forget the pleasantries
and clarity that simplicity brings.
- Making things easy to
follow and stick to, will help that they do exactly that!
7. STAY POSITIVE AND KEEP AT IT!
8. ACHIEVE and TAP INTO YOUR RESOURCES
- Be always focusing on
needs, wants, desires and motivations, to mobilize and sustain momentum and
- Make the stake and
reward personal for participating and applying the principles of LSS.
- Make it the way that
you do business – WITHOUT COMPROMISE!
- Set the bar and
standards high, keeping on reaching higher.
9. DISCIPLINED PRACTICE
persistent, determined, dedicated to make things work better and last! Low cost,
no waste, effective and efficient!
10. A CONTINUING JOURNEY (not only a destination)
- Ongoing Learning is
essential and learning from our mistakes, oversights, challenges and
achievements are important.
- Always ask what we
learned, what went well, what did not work and how can we make it all better
next time round, should be part of normal conversation and routine. You will discover more secrets
and revelations, unearth more truths about LSS as you go along. Be sure to pass
on the wisdom to others. Always remember, despite what you read or hear from consultants, there
is NO ONE-SIZE FITS ALL LSS deployment that works and fits for everyone. It
depends on the organization, leadership, process etc.