Study: Demand for Lean outpacing Six Sigma
As Industry Week reports, the combined demand for Lean Six Sigma talent has risen approximately 103 percent compared to 2010 levels and 6 percent from last year's study. In the 2011 study, demand for Lean talent outpaced Six Sigma levels by more than one-third (35 percent). This year, its edge nearly doubled to almost 68 percent.
According to Tim Noble, managing principal and partner of the Avery Point Group, companies may be favoring Lean skills for several reasons. These include the need for more immediate returns using fewer resources, the objective of balancing the scales by adding Lean talent to existing Six Sigma expertise and even institutional momentum caused by companies imitating each other's hiring approaches.
Whether companies are pursuing Lean or Six Sigma, having a Lean Six Sigma consultant body can help organizations realize cost savings and improve quality while simultaneously reducing inefficiencies.
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