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Our Lean Six Sigma guide provides expert written articles on the core ideas and concepts that underpin Lean Six Sigma. Designed for everyone who wants to learn more about business improvement.

Your Guide to Lean Six Sigma

If you are new to Lean or Six Sigma, or just looking to refresh your knowledge then these articles are designed for you.

These articles combine the key concepts, ideas and tools from across both Lean and Six Sigma into a single  resource – otherwise known as a “leanopedia”

In this series of Lean Guides, we start from the foundations of what Lean and Lean Six Sigma are all about through to some of the tools that can be used to understand the voice of the customer and tools that can drive out wastes from your operations.

We also introduce some of the key terminology and advice on the right career paths in case you are also interested in studying Lean Six Sigma and becoming Lean Six Sigma certified.

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An Introduction
Lastest Lean Articles
A guide to the key terms, tools and ideas behind lean
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by @reagan
5S Lean Principles Explained 5S remains one of the core foundational tools and perhaps one of the most popular tools
"Base your decisions on a long term goals, rather than short term gains.” Staying true to your long term goals
“Make a continuous process flow to surface issues” A great example of the difference between batch and lean flow is when
"All too often, we overproduce - We simply do more than is necessary." All too often, we overproduce. We do
A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.”
"Garbage in ... Garbage out" Lean is about stopping and fixing issues when they go wrong: quickly and consistently, everytime.
"Standardise what you do to create the space you need to change what you do." If you and your team
"Make sure you can understand what is going on within 3-seconds." One of the principles we follow during all our
"Make sure technology has been thoroughly tested and that it serves the people and the process." With technology advancing so fast, evaluating the
“Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion." - Brian Chesky, Co-Founder, CEO, Airbnb As a
The Lean supply chain relies on value creation - not just price reduction. All too often, we identify the partners
“... Managers should be so engaged with the shop floor, that they have to wash their hands at least three
“Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidly.” - The Toyota Way All too often, we
by @reagan
What is Kaizen and an introduction on how to run a Kaizen Event Kaizen is the Japanese term for continuous
by @reagan
In 1990, James Womack and Daniel Jones wrote their book "The Machine That Changed the World" in 1990, following a
by @reagan
The FMEA Model is a risk management tool used to identify and manage risks within projects and across entire departments
by @reagan
Help shape the future of Lean Six Sigma Training via our Lean Six Sigma Affiliate Scheme Earn 10% while helping
by @reagan
The DMAIC model remains the roadmap for most Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma quality improvement projects. It is used
“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” — Yogi Berra The Value of
by @reagan
“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree Press Release: Leanscape is
“The greatest impediment to Lean success is not the need for a different or better methodology, or more evidence of
by @reagan
In 2019, we launched a global education program to deliver process efficiencies, drive cost optimisation and develop best practise sharing
10 Reasons Why a Lean Six Sigma Certification Will Benefit Your Career   When it comes to professional development, the
The Harvard Business Review  (Sept-October 2017) has been sitting underneath the coffee table in the lounge for far too long
by @reagan
You can’t make the right decisions from the meeting room. You have to go, watch, and learn. This is the
by @reagan
"Stop escalating. Make decisions at the lowest level of your organization as possible." Identifying what the customer values is so
by @reagan
"Ask yourself - Would the customer be willing to pay for what you are doing right now?" Identifying what the
by @reagan
"Stopping what doesn't add value is the quickest way to start improving." At the core of #Lean is the idea
by @reagan
"Don't stigmitise failure - treat it as an opportunity to learn." All too often organisations who are trying to change
"Learn to hear and then ignore the NOISE so that you can focus on what will make a difference." Learning
by @reagan
Learning to balance growth, risk and a long supply chain can be quite a challenge with startups who need to
by @reagan
How much of your life is spent being busy? Ever feel as if between work and home life there is
The Pareto principle is one of the simplest ways to improve your business results and your thinking. It simply states
by @reagan
Today you can find a large selection of books on almost any subject and Lean Management is no different. What
by @reagan
Some of the best minds in the world are designing ways to keep you addicted to your phone. They do
Every morning I used to come into work, take off my jacket and immediately crowd around the performance boards for
So what is the difference between Lean & Six Sigma? So what actually do we mean by Lean Six Sigma?
So what are the business benefits of Lean Six Sigma?   Lean Six Sigma is not particularly new but at
by @reagan
Non-Lean books to improve your Lean Thinking This list of books has been pulled together from a mixture of recommendations.
by @reagan
Top 10 Lean Six Sigma Books   So what is a good book if you want to learn more about
by @reagan
Many executives face the challenge of knowing that there is a problem, but their organization lacks the talent or numbers
We all talk about efficiency at work and initiatives are started to find "better ways to do things". But often the
One of the most famous and straightforward problem-solving methodologies introduced by Toyota has become known as the "Five Why's". It's
The Kano Analysis Model is definitely not referred to as often as it should be as its one powerhouse tool
by @reagan
Culture eats strategy. This well-known truism has been attributed to the management Guru Peter Drucker,* and as Ryan Holiday says in
Muda - 8 Wastes of Lean Anyone with any degree of Lean training would know “Muda”. It is often translated
I have been working my way through an audio version of "Extreme Ownership" written by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
by @reagan
In the video Bill Peterson looks at how productivity is impacted in our current organisations. Without time to think, how
by @reagan
I have recently witnessed a whirlwind of well intentioned but disconnected projects that have flooded middle managers in confusion and
by @reagan
When people think about Lean, or Lean Six Sigma, lets be honest, they are imagining intellectual geeks or crazy mathematicians
by @reagan
Talking to someone about improvements is still to this day not easy. It often gets met with the raising of
An Introduction
Lastest Lean Articles
A guide to the key terms, tools and ideas behind lean
Subscribe
by @reagan
Today you can find a large selection of books on almost any subject and Lean Management is no different. What
by @reagan
Non-Lean books to improve your Lean Thinking This list of books has been pulled together from a mixture of recommendations.
by @reagan
Top 10 Lean Six Sigma Books   So what is a good book if you want to learn more about
An Introduction
Lastest Lean Articles
A guide to the key terms, tools and ideas behind lean
Subscribe
"Make sure you can understand what is going on within 3-seconds." One of the principles we follow during all our
“... Managers should be so engaged with the shop floor, that they have to wash their hands at least three
“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” — Yogi Berra The Value of
The Harvard Business Review  (Sept-October 2017) has been sitting underneath the coffee table in the lounge for far too long
Every morning I used to come into work, take off my jacket and immediately crowd around the performance boards for
So what is the difference between Lean & Six Sigma? So what actually do we mean by Lean Six Sigma?
by @reagan
Many executives face the challenge of knowing that there is a problem, but their organization lacks the talent or numbers
The Kano Analysis Model is definitely not referred to as often as it should be as its one powerhouse tool
An Introduction
Lastest Lean Articles
A guide to the key terms, tools and ideas behind lean
Subscribe
by @reagan
In 2019, we launched a global education program to deliver process efficiencies, drive cost optimisation and develop best practise sharing
by @reagan
Learning to balance growth, risk and a long supply chain can be quite a challenge with startups who need to
An Introduction
Lastest Lean Articles
A guide to the key terms, tools and ideas behind lean
Subscribe
"Base your decisions on a long term goals, rather than short term gains.” Staying true to your long term goals
“Make a continuous process flow to surface issues” A great example of the difference between batch and lean flow is when
"All too often, we overproduce - We simply do more than is necessary." All too often, we overproduce. We do
A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.”
"Garbage in ... Garbage out" Lean is about stopping and fixing issues when they go wrong: quickly and consistently, everytime.
"Standardise what you do to create the space you need to change what you do." If you and your team
"Make sure you can understand what is going on within 3-seconds." One of the principles we follow during all our
"Make sure technology has been thoroughly tested and that it serves the people and the process." With technology advancing so fast, evaluating the
"Get out of the office is one of the underlying principles of Lean" With the consistent hiring, firing and the
“Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion." - Brian Chesky, Co-Founder, CEO, Airbnb As a
“... Managers should be so engaged with the shop floor, that they have to wash their hands at least three
“Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidly.” - The Toyota Way All too often, we
“Small daily, seemingly insignificant improvements, when done consistently over time, yield staggering results.” -The 5 AM Club - Robin Sharma
“The greatest impediment to Lean success is not the need for a different or better methodology, or more evidence of
10 Reasons Why a Lean Six Sigma Certification Will Benefit Your Career   When it comes to professional development, the
The Harvard Business Review  (Sept-October 2017) has been sitting underneath the coffee table in the lounge for far too long
by @reagan
You can’t make the right decisions from the meeting room. You have to go, watch, and learn. This is the
by @reagan
"One of the biggest impacts on our ability to achieve our goals is our environment." Creating the right environment to
by @reagan
"Stopping what doesn't add value is the quickest way to start improving." At the core of #Lean is the idea
by @reagan
"Don't stigmitise failure - treat it as an opportunity to learn." All too often organisations who are trying to change
"Learn to hear and then ignore the NOISE so that you can focus on what will make a difference." Learning
by @reagan
"Change can only begin when you admit you don't know everything." Behind each change management program is an admission that
by @reagan
Some of the best minds in the world are designing ways to keep you addicted to your phone. They do
Every morning I used to come into work, take off my jacket and immediately crowd around the performance boards for
So what are the business benefits of Lean Six Sigma?   Lean Six Sigma is not particularly new but at
The Kano Analysis Model is definitely not referred to as often as it should be as its one powerhouse tool
by @reagan
Culture eats strategy. This well-known truism has been attributed to the management Guru Peter Drucker,* and as Ryan Holiday says in
I have been working my way through an audio version of "Extreme Ownership" written by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
by @reagan
In the video Bill Peterson looks at how productivity is impacted in our current organisations. Without time to think, how
An Introduction
Lastest Lean Articles
A guide to the key terms, tools and ideas behind lean
Subscribe
by @reagan
5S Lean Principles Explained 5S remains one of the core foundational tools and perhaps one of the most popular tools
"Base your decisions on a long term goals, rather than short term gains.” Staying true to your long term goals
“Make a continuous process flow to surface issues” A great example of the difference between batch and lean flow is when
"All too often, we overproduce - We simply do more than is necessary." All too often, we overproduce. We do
A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.”
"Garbage in ... Garbage out" Lean is about stopping and fixing issues when they go wrong: quickly and consistently, everytime.
"Standardise what you do to create the space you need to change what you do." If you and your team
"Make sure you can understand what is going on within 3-seconds." One of the principles we follow during all our
"Make sure technology has been thoroughly tested and that it serves the people and the process." With technology advancing so fast, evaluating the
"Get out of the office is one of the underlying principles of Lean" With the consistent hiring, firing and the
“Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion." - Brian Chesky, Co-Founder, CEO, Airbnb As a
The Lean supply chain relies on value creation - not just price reduction. All too often, we identify the partners
“... Managers should be so engaged with the shop floor, that they have to wash their hands at least three
“Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidly.” - The Toyota Way All too often, we
“Small daily, seemingly insignificant improvements, when done consistently over time, yield staggering results.” -The 5 AM Club - Robin Sharma
by @reagan
What is Kaizen and an introduction on how to run a Kaizen Event Kaizen is the Japanese term for continuous
by @reagan
In 1990, James Womack and Daniel Jones wrote their book "The Machine That Changed the World" in 1990, following a
“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” — Yogi Berra The Value of
“The greatest impediment to Lean success is not the need for a different or better methodology, or more evidence of
10 Reasons Why a Lean Six Sigma Certification Will Benefit Your Career   When it comes to professional development, the
The Harvard Business Review  (Sept-October 2017) has been sitting underneath the coffee table in the lounge for far too long
by @reagan
You can’t make the right decisions from the meeting room. You have to go, watch, and learn. This is the
by @reagan
"Stop escalating. Make decisions at the lowest level of your organization as possible." Identifying what the customer values is so
by @reagan
"Ask yourself - Would the customer be willing to pay for what you are doing right now?" Identifying what the
by @reagan
"One of the biggest impacts on our ability to achieve our goals is our environment." Creating the right environment to
by @reagan
"Stopping what doesn't add value is the quickest way to start improving." At the core of #Lean is the idea
by @reagan
"Don't stigmitise failure - treat it as an opportunity to learn." All too often organisations who are trying to change
"Learn to hear and then ignore the NOISE so that you can focus on what will make a difference." Learning
by @reagan
"Change can only begin when you admit you don't know everything." Behind each change management program is an admission that
by @reagan
Learning to balance growth, risk and a long supply chain can be quite a challenge with startups who need to
by @reagan
How much of your life is spent being busy? Ever feel as if between work and home life there is
The Pareto principle is one of the simplest ways to improve your business results and your thinking. It simply states
by @reagan
Today you can find a large selection of books on almost any subject and Lean Management is no different. What
by @reagan
Some of the best minds in the world are designing ways to keep you addicted to your phone. They do
Every morning I used to come into work, take off my jacket and immediately crowd around the performance boards for
So what is the difference between Lean & Six Sigma? So what actually do we mean by Lean Six Sigma?
So what are the business benefits of Lean Six Sigma?   Lean Six Sigma is not particularly new but at
by @reagan
Non-Lean books to improve your Lean Thinking This list of books has been pulled together from a mixture of recommendations.
by @reagan
Top 10 Lean Six Sigma Books   So what is a good book if you want to learn more about
by @reagan
How would you improve the problem statement below? Sales support team operates with X% of Non-Value-Added activities resulting in: -
by @reagan
Many executives face the challenge of knowing that there is a problem, but their organization lacks the talent or numbers
We all talk about efficiency at work and initiatives are started to find "better ways to do things". But often the
One of the most famous and straightforward problem-solving methodologies introduced by Toyota has become known as the "Five Why's". It's
The Kano Analysis Model is definitely not referred to as often as it should be as its one powerhouse tool
by @reagan
Culture eats strategy. This well-known truism has been attributed to the management Guru Peter Drucker,* and as Ryan Holiday says in
by @reagan
A nowhere God of no time   Flying insults, unleashing one sided power The almighty sits rubbing contently Remoulding the
Muda - 8 Wastes of Lean Anyone with any degree of Lean training would know “Muda”. It is often translated
I have been working my way through an audio version of "Extreme Ownership" written by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
by @reagan
In the video Bill Peterson looks at how productivity is impacted in our current organisations. Without time to think, how
by @reagan
I have recently witnessed a whirlwind of well intentioned but disconnected projects that have flooded middle managers in confusion and
by @reagan
When people think about Lean, or Lean Six Sigma, lets be honest, they are imagining intellectual geeks or crazy mathematicians
by @reagan
Talking to someone about improvements is still to this day not easy. It often gets met with the raising of
An Introduction
Lastest Lean Articles
A guide to the key terms, tools and ideas behind lean
Subscribe
"Base your decisions on a long term goals, rather than short term gains.” Staying true to your long term goals
“Make a continuous process flow to surface issues” A great example of the difference between batch and lean flow is when
"All too often, we overproduce - We simply do more than is necessary." All too often, we overproduce. We do
A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.”
"Garbage in ... Garbage out" Lean is about stopping and fixing issues when they go wrong: quickly and consistently, everytime.
"Standardise what you do to create the space you need to change what you do." If you and your team
"Make sure you can understand what is going on within 3-seconds." One of the principles we follow during all our
"Make sure technology has been thoroughly tested and that it serves the people and the process." With technology advancing so fast, evaluating the
"Get out of the office is one of the underlying principles of Lean" With the consistent hiring, firing and the
“Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion." - Brian Chesky, Co-Founder, CEO, Airbnb As a
The Lean supply chain relies on value creation - not just price reduction. All too often, we identify the partners
“... Managers should be so engaged with the shop floor, that they have to wash their hands at least three
“Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidly.” - The Toyota Way All too often, we
“Small daily, seemingly insignificant improvements, when done consistently over time, yield staggering results.” -The 5 AM Club - Robin Sharma
An Introduction
Lastest Lean Articles
A guide to the key terms, tools and ideas behind lean
Subscribe
"Base your decisions on a long term goals, rather than short term gains.” Staying true to your long term goals
“Make a continuous process flow to surface issues” A great example of the difference between batch and lean flow is when
"All too often, we overproduce - We simply do more than is necessary." All too often, we overproduce. We do
A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.”
"Garbage in ... Garbage out" Lean is about stopping and fixing issues when they go wrong: quickly and consistently, everytime.
"Standardise what you do to create the space you need to change what you do." If you and your team
"Make sure you can understand what is going on within 3-seconds." One of the principles we follow during all our
"Make sure technology has been thoroughly tested and that it serves the people and the process." With technology advancing so fast, evaluating the
"Get out of the office is one of the underlying principles of Lean" With the consistent hiring, firing and the
“Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion." - Brian Chesky, Co-Founder, CEO, Airbnb As a
The Lean supply chain relies on value creation - not just price reduction. All too often, we identify the partners
“... Managers should be so engaged with the shop floor, that they have to wash their hands at least three
“Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidly.” - The Toyota Way All too often, we
“Small daily, seemingly insignificant improvements, when done consistently over time, yield staggering results.” -The 5 AM Club - Robin Sharma
“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” — Yogi Berra The Value of
“The greatest impediment to Lean success is not the need for a different or better methodology, or more evidence of
10 Reasons Why a Lean Six Sigma Certification Will Benefit Your Career   When it comes to professional development, the