Lean Six Sigma is a data-driven process improvement methodology that follows a Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) structure with a focus on reducing variation and waste within business processes. Several large and very successful companies such as Motorola, General Electric, and Honeywell have adopted this methodology and, by doing so, have dramatically increased the efficiency of their operations and accelerated their profits and growth. As more and more companies continue to adopt the Lean Six Sigma philosophy, it has proven to be a huge benefit to any company—large or small—at any stage within the business lifecycle.
When a business process is improved to the point where it is operating at a Six Sigma level, the process is producing less than 3.4 defects per million opportunities (DPMO). While it may be difficult for some to conceptualize this level of efficiency, many world-class business processes operate at this level which is what sets them apart.
Employees who are Lean Six Sigma trained are huge assets to the company in which they work because they have the tools to help the company reduce operating expenses and increase revenues.
A true Lean Six Sigma organization is one that has adopted and maintains an infrastructure for continuous process improvement that consistently produces measureable results.