Collaboration of the two most powerful business improvement concepts
Vedzen Institute in collaboration with DCCIA Pune presented the workshop, “Lean Six Sigma for Quality Excellence” on 9th August 2014, at Hotel Aurora Towers, Moledina Road, Camp . The approach was to teach DMAIC Methodology for initiating Lean Six Sigma Thinking in the Organization. Participants from Western India Forgings Ltd, JCB India Ltd and Aggreko Rental Services Ltd attended the Workshop.
Lean Six Sigma is the study of variations and analytic conceptualization of the solutions to the problems faced daily on the shop-floor. The approach involves everyone with the analysis, formulates solutions that can be implemented fast, and then standardizes the process with close monitoring and data-collection. Lean Six Sigma is not just a combination of the two concepts, Lean and Six Sigma but a way forward towards assimilations of the best methods.
Mr Sanat Sankrityayan, Principal Practitioner, Vedzen Institute conducted the Workshop in four study sessions during the day. The Handbooks were distributed as reading material.
The First session started with the introduction to Lean Thinking. The participants were introduced to the History of Lean and Six Sigma. The session mainly focused on understanding the origin of Lean and Six Sigma, the key philosophy behind it and how the industry started with manufacturing became a reality during the Industrial Revolution. At the end of the first session, the participants took a quiz to determine their understanding of the topic. Everybody was able to answer the questions related to their organizational processes.
The Second session began with participants learning the methodology and technical approach needed to identify the aspects of Quality in the current situation. Then they were taught the principle causes of variation that are barriers to Quality Excellence. The participants were quizzed again on their learning of the session.
In the Third session the participants learnt the basic methods of collecting, describing, analysing and interprteting data through Statistics. This session focused on Qualitative and Quantitative methods of Data gathering. DMAIC and other tools of Lean Six Sigma were introduced and the participants learnt the methods of selecting Statistical techniques for error free Quality.
In the Final Session the participants understood how to Kick off the Lean Six Sigma Project and create SIPOC. This session mainly focused on identifying what process improvements will be necessary for Quality Excellence. The session also discussed the ground rules for implementation and getting along with people for key results. Lastly the participants were quizzed upon their understanding of Lean Six Sigma. Everybody scored ‘A’ in the assessment. After announcing the grades, certificates were distributed to the participants.
Following were the important features of the Workshop:
1. Learing how to use Statistical approach to problem solving leading to better confidence in solutions.
2. Reducing manufacturing overhead and quality cost.
3. Applying a Data driven approach driving out the possibilities of opinion based deductions.
4. Improving Supply Chain Management with control over Variation.
5. How Variations lead to defects with Lean Six Sigma highlighting the sources too with predictable accuracy.
6. All of the participants committed to implement Lean Six Sigma at their organization.
7. The participants of the Workshop will now be drawing out SIPOC and map their Process flow.
8. The participants went back confident of their capability and appreciated the concepts they learnt in the sessions through the Case Study.
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