Will being Lean make me sexy...?

Will being Lean make me sexy...?

Daniel Preston 15.05.2017

When I’m talking about being Lean, don’t panic, there is no need to dust off the trainers and smash the gym!

No, when I say Lean, I want to focus more on Lean Six Sigma. 

Across the market there are always buzzwords and terms that stand out on a CV i.e. Agile, Digital, Technical, Process, Black Belt, Green Belt, the list goes on. 

One of these buzzwords at the moment is LSS, Lean Six Sigma. 

So, LSS, what is it and how will it benefit me as a BA? 

What is Lean Six Sigma?

LSS, is a combination of two distinct business management techniques: Lean and Six Sigma. While they are each key components of the other, they are not the same.

Lean is a strategy that focuses on eliminating waste, variation, and non-value-added tasks. It is a cultural commitment of continuous improvement and customer focus.

Six Sigma is undertaken only after a lean commitment has been implemented, and is a data driven approach to solving complex business problems. It uses a methodical five phase approach (define, measure, analyse, improve, control) to help understand the variables that affect a process in order to better optimise it.

LSS practices have been implemented by leading companies all over the world. The success stories from companies using LSS has led to more people becoming trained in Six Sigma methodology. 

So obviously LSS benefits an employer / business but what can that training do to help my career? 

3 benefits of Lean Six Sigma;

1. Standing Out

Learning Six Sigma and applying its methodologies can have a tremendous impact on your career. Simply being able to put Six Sigma Certification on your resume proves your commitment to improving your business acumen and analytical skills, not to mention your commitment to improving the business within which you work. 

In short, a Six Sigma certification makes the recipient stand out from the crowd.

2. Positioning yourself as a leader of the pack

It takes willingness to do every job and play every role to become a great leader. As you work your way up the ladder from your green belt to your black belt, you will learn to evaluate and clarify processes. You’ll go from having awareness of Lean Six Sigma methodologies to playing an active role on projects and finally becoming the leader of your team project. 

3. Increased salary

Just like earning a degree, Lean Six Sigma certifications are not cheap or easy to attain and managers know this. Not only does it help you with better problem solving and quality management skills but the market has shown that it also offers you the chance to achieve 10% to 15% more salary than others.

Overall, Lean Six Sigma looks like it may be a buzzword that really could add an extra string to your bow. 

For any more insight into LSS please do reach out to the MMK BA team.

As always, Happy Hunting!

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Consultant | Business Analysis
dpreston@morganmckinley.com.au