Comparing Process Improvement Methodologies

Arvind Rongala, writing for Invensis Learning, explains the difference between Lean, Six Sigma, and Business Process Management (BPM). Read my summary of his article for more details.

 

  • Lean is a Japanese practice that seeks to eliminate waste in production processes by overhauling the culture of the organization from management down
  • Six Sigma is a team effort that incorporates W. Deming’s Plan, Do, Check and Act cycle into it’s two main methodologies to find process defects and make improvements
  • BPM is a strategy that encompasses the bigger picture of the organization in question to optimize the work flow as a whole and increase process efficiency

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