Is there a reason why one would get training on “Lean” versus “Six Sigma” (without Lean)?

While some organizations may ask their employees to only receive Lean training, we usually recommend that learners receive training in both Lean and Six Sigma.

Six Sigma without Lean means you lose the Lean Tools. You still have a robust process improvement method but you don’t get instruction on how to conduct things like Process Walks, and those provide a way to understand the process, engage people and build a detailed map. It would be unfortunate to lose tools like that. 

There are also a lot of Lean concepts that come into play in the Improve Phase that are classic solutions like Cell Design, Kanbans, and more! We prefer the combination of Lean and Six Sigma so we get the entire tool kit.

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