Make Every Day Earth Day

When we think of lean six sigma, it's often about how it improves business processes. But, have you considered how it naturally aligns with your organization's green efforts? Lean thinking works to reduce waste, smooth out flows, and utilize resources efficiently. Those objectives make it a natural fit for companies which are emphasizing sustainability measures. Both people and the environment benefit when we look at the world through a universal process improvement lens. Take a look at how organizations are making important things work better and improving the health of our planet.

Visit our resource page dedicated to Green Lean Six Sigma.

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EPA Guidebook: Getting Started

There’s no single “right” way to integrate Lean and environmental improvement. A few steps for getting started are included in this short guidebook published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

View Environmental Professional's Guide to Lean and Six Sigma.

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Lean & Local Sourcing

Sourcing locally can reduce transportation and processing waste. Having suppliers within easy reach can also facilitate problem solving when needed. When might local sourcing make sense even if the price is higher?

Read Why Sometimes You Need to Source Locally.

Cascading Goals

Hoshin Kanri + A3s = Competitive Advantage

Turner Construction is working towards becoming a "lean enterprise that also did construction." Leaders worked with the Lean Enterprise Institute to stitch together new strategy deployment approaches with A3 problem-solving techniques.

Read Meeting Strategic Objectives.



Certified Master Black Belt

Congratulations to Newly Certified MBB

Congratulations to Rajanikanth (RK) Pagadakatalu, Fifth Third Bank, for completing his final project portfolio reviews for Master Black Belt certification. Learn more about our MBB program offered in partnership with Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.



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  1. Is this meaningful data to collect?
  2. What is a meaningful difference in observations?
  3. What is the practical implication?



How do professionals get better at what they do? How do they get great?

And there are two views about this. One is the traditional pedagogical view. That is that you go to school, you study, you practice, you learn, you graduate, and then you go out into the world and you make your way on your own. A professional is someone who is capable of managing their own improvement.

Now, the contrasting view comes out of sports. And they say "You are never done, everybody needs a coach." Everyone. The greatest in the world needs a coach.

—Atul Gawande, surgeon & best-selling author of The Checklist Manifesto and Being Mortal, discusses personal and team improvement in healthcare. TED Talk: Want to Get Great at Something? Get a Coach


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