Deployment Lean Six Sigma
is a premier concept for accelerating the performance of all type companies and organizations. This is becoming more and more critical in today’s business environment. The most important competence for companies and other organizations to develop is that of driving change. At SBTI we provide the roadmap and tools for driving performance improving initiatives. We have the experience and skills to help you design a tailor-made Lean Six Sigma program regardless if it is a corporate wide initiative or limited to a part of your organization.
A customized Lean Six Sigma initiative could be divided into three phases:
All sustainable change initiatives have to deliver money. It could be about reducing costs or top-line growth, improving cash flow or a combination of all three. We help you establish processes to both find the money and deliver the money in your organization.
You also need to align Lean Six Sigma to strategic and operational plans. Lean Six Sigma is not an add-on activity. It must become a part of daily business in a short time frame. We know the pitfalls to avoid in order to have a quick launch and be able to see positive and measurable financial results within a short time frame.
The first 90 days
Many of us refer Six Sigma to Black Belts and Green Belts and their projects. But there are a number of critical tasks that should be accomplished prior to Belt training can start if you want to make sure that your initiative will deliver expected results.
You need to define the infrastructure. What are the roles and responsibilities of the key players in your Lean Six Sigma launch? You also need to define selection criteria for those roles.
Defining processes and criteria for selecting, prioritizing and chartering Lean Six Sigma projects are among the first tasks that need to be done after the launch of the initiative.
Mobilizing and committing executives and managers in interactive and thought provoking workshops (see example of a workshop) throughout the organization are key activities in the early phases of deployment.
After executives and managers have been mobilized Belt training can start. SBTI have a unique process for developing belts from Yellow Belts to Master Black Belts.
Establish and execute a communication plan are also critical activities in early phases of deployment.
SBTI have the resources and experience to assist any type of organization in the critical initial steps of a Lean Six Sigma launch.
It normally takes between 18 to 24 months for an organization to internalize a Lean Six Sigma program. During that period a massive knowledge transfer takes place between SBTI as the Lean Six Sigma provider and the client organization. In addition to activities described above, there are a set of activities that needs to be put in place in order to pave the way for long term success.Human resources alignment for key roles in your Lean Six Sigma initiative needs to be developed. It is about how to organize the key players such as Black Belts and Master Black Belts.
Human resources alignment is also about succession planning, career planning and reward & recognition policies for those individual that during a certain time frame spend majority of their time doing Lean Six Sigma.
Most organizations also need to develop an IT infrastructure in order to track both the initiative and also progress of individual projects.
In order to make sure your initiative will not become another flavor of the month activity you need to identify and clarify a leadership roadmap. The Lean Six Sigma leadership roadmap will intensify and institutionalize your initiative. Anchoring an initiative like Lean Six Sigma is directly related to the infrastructure and systems developed to support the initiative.
The leadership roadmap SBTI has crafted and implemented in more than 50 organizations consists of 5 steps:
SBTI have a long track record of assisting many different types of organizations in all phases of deployment. We would be delighted to jointly develop and execute a customized deployment program in order for your business to become a Lean Six Sigma organization!