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Designing for LeanSigma Helps Hubbell Change the Game Locked

Research | Posted: 2004-05-19

Hubbell Premise Wiring, developers of an array of products in the telecommunications industry, created a game-changing new offering in a technology that has not changed in 80 years. Along the way, they also slashed their product development cycle from around 20 months to 11 months. They achieved this by applying Design for LeanSigma within a highly motivated team. This report, authored by participants in this effort, presents an overview of how Hubbell applied LeanSigma principles in three areas: Voice of the Customer, Design Kaizen and Production Preparation. (5 pages)

Blending Six-Sigma with Lean Thinking: Lockheed Martin Astronautics Develops Rigorous Training Program for Process Improvement Locked

Research | Posted: 2004-05-19

Six-Sigma has its origins in the effort to achieve extremely low defect rates. Lean tools, meanwhile, focus on eliminating waste. Implementing one without the other risks the failure to optimize resources. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Astronautics Operations, working in conjunction with other Lockheed companies, minimized this risk by adopting its own high-octane blend of Six-Sigma methodologies and Lean concepts. The Company established a tiered training program that certifies “green belts” and “black belts” in a core set of process improvement practices at various levels of the organization. Through the evolution of its six-sigma and lean process program, Astronautics has laid a well-documented foundation for applying its experience to product design and development. (6 pages)

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