Aug 8 2012
Sometimes the internet gives you the most surprising set of statements about a topic. Here are a few from this article:
- “Lean training came out of an industry program known as Six Sigma.” Oh yeah?
- “Six Sigma refers to the levels of training […] where different color belts are awarded, similar to judo.” So each color of belt is a sigma? And the sigmas have nothing to do with process capabilities and defects?
- “Kaizen […] became known in the United States after World War II, when Japanese manufacturing techniques were being closely examined following the war.” This is the first I hear of Americans going to study advanced manufacturing in Japan in 1945. I thought we were the ones who had sent expert to teach things like TWI or SQC to Japanese manufacturers.
- “The Kaizen methods […] recently have been incorporated into the broader philosophy of lean manufacturing.” And I thought Kaizen had been part of Lean since day 1!
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