Three Simple Rules For SuccessLean Six Sigma’s Place in Business GreatnessIn the April, 2013 Harvard Business Review, authors Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed, investigated 25,000 companies over the last 44 years. From this analysis they discovered three types of companies–Miracle Workers, Long Runners and Average Joes–and three simple rules for greatness:1. Better before cheaper
2. Revenue before cost
3. There are no other rules; follow rules 1 and 2.BetterBy better, I think the authors mean using quality to differentiate before simply reducing prices. I think they included faster into better:• Lean will help any company differentiate it’s services by being faster than the competition.
• Six Sigma will help any company differentiate it’s products by 1) designing better products using Design for Six Sigma and 2) delivering flawless products using DMAIC.Both Lean and Six Sigma will help any company deliver better products at a lower price.CostThe authors put revenue before cost. So the goal is to do a better job of sales and marketing, but they point out that companies also have to then pay attention to cost.• Lean can help any company cut costs and boost profits by 20-100%.
• Six Sigma can help any company cut costs by eliminating the mistakes and errors, waste and rework that devour up to a third of total revenue.So Lean Six Sigma can help deliver better products and services at a lower cost and better price. I’ve also seen it used to optimize sales and marketing. Faster response results in greater sales. I’ve heard from people who use DOE to optimize direct mail marketing campaigns by testing many factors at once–headlines, copy, offer, call to action and so on.So, while experts aspire to boil their philosophy down to a list, there are often complex concepts behind those “rules” or “suggestions.” May philosophy, which is a proven one, is that using Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma CAN help you develop your own system or philosophy that doesn’t require a long list of steps that might stop you from moving forward.It’s all about improvement, even small improvements, that keep you motivated to make your business or personal goal on-track and successful.I was thinking the other day about my first website and how basic and not-so-good it looked. When I think of the improvement steps I took and the persistence it took, I remember that is was continual improvement is all about. And, that is what Six Sigma is all about.