E6S-142 LSS and/or Agile? Part 2

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*** LSS and/or Agile?***                                                               

I            How would you respond to these questions?

a.       In Training: "Is Lean Six Sigma like Agile?"

b.      In Projects. "We can't do this Six Sigma project.  Everyone here is going agile."

c.       Can Agile be applied to DMAIC or can DMAIC be applied to Agile?

II         Responses on Quora: How is Six Sigma different from Agile?

a.       Jason Yip - Six Sigma is really designed for improvement of operational business processes while Agile generally assumes a context of custom software development.

b.      Derek Reinhold - Instead of focusing on the differences, I see Six Sigma and Agile as complimentary methodologies.  While my experience is more on the Six Sigma side, I've tried to incorporate best practices from Agile (like the use of scrums) as new tools in my project mgmt. toolkit.  Agile promotes very similar values to Lean Six Sigma, both harnessing the knowledge of employees closest to the work.

c.       Donald Reinertsen - While Agile and Six Sigma exist in a multitude of forms, and they exploit some similar concepts, there is a stark difference between their view of variability. Six Sigma practitioners almost universally believe you can maximize economic outcomes by minimizing variability. And, this view is generally correct in manufacturing.  In contrast, most Agile practitioners do not try to maximize economic outcomes by minimizing variability, instead they adopt a management approach that works in the presence of variability.

III      Book: Using Lean for Faster Six Sigma Results - Mark A. Nash, et. al. -

a.       gifted to Aaron by a COO as a message to "be faster."

b.      Title not how it sounds (so the insult backfired!)

i.      Sounds like: "Hey, get rid of the 'waste' in your LSS projects... they take too long..."

ii.      Actually about: "Hey... strangely enough, having a Lean and continuous improvement culture, makes our Six Sigma improvements faster."

*** LSS and/or Agile?***   

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