I’ve heard of it – but what is Lean Six Sigma exactly?
Wouldn’t be great to be as efficient as possible? You’d save time and money, and potentially reduce the frustration you feel when things don’t quite go to plan. Our philosophy is based on Lean Six Sigma in print, which gives us (as a procurement consultancy) complete procurement process efficiency.
If that sounds like a lot of buzzwords that don’t mean anything, please allow us to explain what it all means.
What is Lean Six Sigma?
Some of the most successful companies in the world are Japanese. After World War II, Japanese companies set about becoming the best they could possibly be, and did this by a system of continual improvement, a business principle called Kaizen (Japanese for improvement).
As Japan became more successful, other companies around the world started to implement strategies to compete with Kaizen. In the 1980s and 90s, American companies began to use Six Sigma principles – Six Sigma improves the products and services produced by a process by finding and removing anything that might cause a defect or fault.
Lean Six Sigma expands on this by incorporating Lean Manufacturing principles, essentially the reduction of waste. Therefore, Lean Six Sigma is a system of operation that ensures the output is the best it can be, while simultaneously minimising waste.
What is Lean Six Sigma in Print?
By using Lean Six Sigma (L6s) in a print context, you would take your existing print processes and ensure that nothing in them could cause errors or bad results, and that nothing is done that is unnecessary. This includes printing too much, spending too much, duplicating workload, having over-bloated internal processes.
Lean Six Sigma in Print ensures Procurement Process Efficiency
The print procurement process starts with getting the content together that needs printing, establishing how it will be printed and how many times, and finishes with the final product in your hands.
Lean Six Sigma methodology means that you won’t pay too much, it won’t take too long to get done, you won’t have to pass the same information through multiple processes to get the result you want, and you won’t have to rely on outside agencies to get from point A to point B.
With a Kaizen strategy, each time you go to print will be better than the last. With Lean Six Sigma in print, you won’t waste time, resources, or money, and the finished product will be the absolute best it can be without need for improvement.