Friday, October 5, 2007


Three Perspectives on Sustainability

-Sustainability of a lean implementation initiative
-Sustainability of a product/service
-Sustainability of the environment

All have common “lifecycle” perspective

How Do We Implement Lean/Six Sigma in a Sustainable Way?
- Top-down reinforcement
- Training
- Involvement
- Establish lean as corporate culture, not as a “flavor-of-the- month” initiative

Process Design
- Involve key stakeholders in implementation
- Have diverse representation in team—operators, managers, finance, logistics, manufacturing, etc.

Measuring Sustaining Efforts

- Quantity of Kaizens
- Capacity/Resourcesfreed up
- Variance x Bar,R,Cpk

- New model cycles
- Inventory turns
- Cash flow
- Stock price

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