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Three Benefits of Embracing Lean Six Sigma

Mon, 29/10/2018 - 11:25

Ian Swain, Chief Executive Officer, discusses why businesses should adopt Lean Six Sigma to maximise their potential and fulfill their business objectives and goals.

Introduced back in 1986, Lean Six Sigma (LSS) has been transforming businesses for decades. For those who are unfamiliar, Lean Six Sigma is a process that involves a set of powerful tools and techniques that can benefit businesses substantially, such as improving efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction.

The BQF is in association with partners on our Lean Six Sigma Academy, and our community of licensed assessors is now the UK’s leading certifier of Lean and Lean Six Sigma practitioners. Since 2006, we have certified over 10,000 practitioners from a wide range of sectors and indeed countries. We have also helped major corporates such as BT, Standard Life, RBS and Astra Zeneca establish internal programs that recognise the capability and competency of their colleagues delivering projects.

BQF also has the leading Awards recognising Excellence in Lean Six Sigma and last year’s winner was a project from SKY. We are inviting entries for the 2019 Awards which will be announced on 16th May 2019 at The Royal Lancaster Hotel.

With businesses facing rising costs and competition every day, the benefits of deploying Lean and LSS and creating an internal practice in your organisation can be profound:

Better Efficiency

Using Lean Six Sigma improves the efficiency of your business through maximising your businesses efforts in delivering a quality product or service. The use of allocating resources and ensuring processes are in place to grow your business is vital in order to achieve customer satisfaction, and Lean Six Sigma does just that. Although efficiency may sound like something easy to achieve, many businesses forget to re-evaluate their business processes which can transform a business completely. With the correct guidance, your business will be able to churn out more output, keeping quality intact.

Engaged Employees

Employees are at the heart of any business, and Lean Six Sigma helps to ensure that they are valued.  It allows employees to develop a sense of ownership and responsibility as they will be involved in the improvement process which will result in a highly engaged team. Although this benefit may be overlooked, this advantage is significant for the success of any business as it increases the output of work, driving results for any task employees are involved in. They will feel like an important component within the business, and will hold an appreciation for how the work of other employees and departments contributes towards to the success of your business.

Strategic Planning

Lean Six Sigma can play a vital part in strategy vision for your business. Once you have created a mission statement with a SWOT analysis, then Lean Six Sigma enables you to focus on areas to improve on. Strategic planning is crucial for the success of any business, ensuring you’re measuring your strengths and weaknesses, and also taking advantage of what your company does best.


Keen to hear more about Lean Six Sigma?

If you are interested in adopting Lean Six Sigma, and would like to discuss more information, please contact Ian Swain, or ring directly on 020 7654 5014. Alternatively, you can read more about Lean Six Sigma on our dedicated page.