Kaizen, Lean and Six Sigma
The terms Kaizen, Lean and Six Sigma are often used interchangeably and, for many, have lost their individual identity. Businesses that fail to create value for their customers are deemed “wasteful." Sterling Development uses each Kaizen, Lean and Six Sigma to solve different challenges to eliminate "wasteful" practices, refine production and increase efficiency.
Kaizen, meaning ‘never ending improvement by everyone in the organisation’ is a journey and not a destination. It helps to identify and solve problems associated with Muda (waste), Mura (inconsistency) and Muri (burden on people and strain on machines) that delivers big results from small changes.
Lean Manufacturing focuses on the elimination of waste to increase efficiency and streamline or remove non-value-adding stages in production. Six Sigma minimises defects as well as inconsistency (Mura) and helps to identify instances (using DMAIC or DMADV) where a process requires correcting or changing.