The Lean Six Sigma for Effective Integrated Facilities Management

Jan 21, 2019 | Facilities Management

Managers make numerous decisions everyday which might include daily activities to conceptual organisational plans. Thus, to make these decisions effective and efficient, data-driven approaches are necessary.

The Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is one such approach, that aims to reduce waste and variability by combining the principles of Lean and Six Sigma.

The Lean Principle

Lean is a systematic approach to reduce or remove activities that do not add value to the process. It focuses on abolishing eight kinds of wastes or ‘Muda’ such as defects, overproduction, waiting (idle time), non-utilized talent, transportation (moving products without value addition), idle inventory, unnecessary motion, and extra work in processing.

It reduces process cycle time, helps in lower inventory, eliminates defects and optimizes resources. It rectifies almost 80-85% of non-value added activity and thus improves process efficiency. Lean is highly applicable for sectors which include process waste.

Some of the Lean principles that could be applied to any business process in order to reduce process waste are:

– Identifying customers and their perception towards the product.

– Mapping the workflow process for a product or service.

– Creating flow to optimized production process.

– Establishing a just-in-time approach to ensure smooth workflow and to reduce inventory.

– Making consistent efforts to improve, deliver better products and cater to the needs of customers.

The Six Sigma Principle

Six Sigma is a data-driven approach that improves the quality of outputs. It identifies and eliminates defects and minimises variability from manufacturing to transactional facility and from product to service.

The aim of Six Sigma is to achieve operational excellence through ~99.99996% reduced defects. Six Sigma ensures efficiency through five steps in problem solving for existing systems that are falling below par in productivity.

These steps are:

– Defining the problem

– Measuring effectiveness

– Analysis of the process

– Implementing solutions

– Ensuring sustainability

This approach is beneficial for product or service based sector to achieve competitive advantage. In business, LSS has brought exceptional results in short period of time. Managerial decision-making requires great amount of analytical skill which can be fostered by data-driven approaches like LSS.

How do we implement the LSS principle?

Some processes and procedures that we have derived from the LSS principle to facilitate effectiveness in our operations are:

– We minimise waste in facilities management. Effective use of resources is paramount, and our processes are geared towards achieving it.

– We have the right person for the right job at the right time. Our personnel are trained, vetted and highly professional, and ensure that any task undertaken is completed effectively.

– We have streamlined machinery setup in work areas, which allows us to start quickly and be more thorough.

– Our Integrated Facilities Management solutions is geared towards creating the perfect FM solution for your business. The operations are bespoke, tailored to suit your needs and make very efficient use of company infrastructure.

Choose innovatefm’s IFM for effective & efficient Facilities Management solutions

innovatefm prides itself in being innovative and ever-adaptive, making use of principles and processes that maximize resource utilization, efficient execution and guaranteed results. Our highly trained and professional personnel will ensure that all your needs are addressed satisfactorily.

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