Lean Six Sigma methodology is a well-known process improvement technique that helps organizations optimize using a combination of Lean and Six Sigma principles. The goal of Lean methodology is to reduce waste with streamlined processes, while Six Sigma prioritizes reducing variations to eliminate defects. Implementing Lean Six Sigma results in simplified, repeatable processes that drive down costs and increase profits while also meeting quality standards, serving both customer and corporate interests. Businesses have the opportunity to see reduced defects, overproduction, and bottlenecks, not only in manufacturing but also throughout business operations and the supply chain.
Barriers to Implementing Lean Six Sigma
Traditionally, utilizing Lean Six Sigma techniques requires training engineers and other shareholders on the methodology. These trained individuals will then implement these practices into the processes they manage. There are limitations to this status quo, chiefly because it requires a trained workforce that is both open to change and knowledgeable of Lean Six Sigma methodology. Additionally, organizations must fund the recruitment and training of such a workforce. This can become costly, especially with engineers currently turning over at an above-average rate of 11.5%, per a LinkedIn study of turnover by profession.
Even if R&D or continuous improvement teams understand the value of process improvement, implementing such methodologies without C-suite support is difficult due to the resources required to do so. It is also challenging to realize the full potential of Lean Six Sigma if all available resources, including manpower and funding, are spent “firefighting” issues requiring immediate attention.
Just as the benefits of Lean Six Sigma are universal, these limitations are not specific to any one type of organization or industry.
Increasing Accessibility with Lean Six Sigma Tools
Much of Lean Six Sigma methodology is based in data, making AI-backed tools a valuable alternative to highly-trained human resources. Workflow solutions like IP.com’s IQ Ideas+™ enable organizations to realize the benefits of Lean Six Sigma methodology without the operational (and financial) burden of training.
As a cloud-based software solution, IQ Ideas+ offers an intuitive interface that simplifies and accelerates creative ideation and collaboration for improved systems using Lean Six Sigma methodologies.
IQ Ideas+ uses Structured Ideation to move innovators through solving a problem, improving a system, or building on an invention.
The modules within IQ Ideas+ offer fast, repeatable results that can be shared across teams and visualized for the C-suite, deliberately combatting the barriers to Lean Six Sigma implementation that plague businesses of all sizes. This combination of simplification and speed makes the value of Lean Six Sigma accessible to engineers and other skilled professionals of varying experience levels.
IQ Ideas+ uses IP.com’s AI engine to assign ideas a Uniqueness Score, visualizing relevant keywords and companies.