Lean is often regarded as simply targeting cost reduction through the elimination of waste. A quick-win approach may focus on eradicating the prime culprits in a piecemeal fashion at the tactical or, often, operational level. However, this was not the original intent and the need to regain a more strategic perspective seems obvious. For a more impactful and sustainable result a broader systems thinking approach should be adopted; one that integrates Lean principles with those of project, program and change management.

“Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before.” – Shiego Shingo

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I was recently in a discussion where I was asked to explain the difference between Agile, Lean and Six Sigma. So I thought it would be worth sharing my (expanded) response here.

Starting with Six Sigma we are talking about a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. In particular the emphasis is on using statistical tools and quality management techniques to focus these improvements on the primary causes of defects and variability in a process.

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