Lean Six Sigma is the connexion (to borrow the name of NGN monthly bulletin) between, the Lean and Six Sigma, two major continuous improvement philosophies which developed during the late of 20th century.
First, Lean has a long history, its roots based on the lean production in 1950's from the Toyota Motor Corporation, under the leadership of Taiichi Ohno, when they developed the well-known Toyota Production System (TPS). However, the first entrance of the term ‘lean production’ in the public came later on in 1990 when Womack et.al (1990) published the book The Machine that Changed the World. The progress of Lean is continuing until now; terms such as Lean manufacturing, Lean thinking, Lean Assessment, Lean Enterprise, Lean Culture and recently, the L...
Pierre de Villiers, Networking Officer, gives us an insight into his work delivering the tangible benefits of NGN to leaders and organisations across the UK. Read more about Pierre in December’s Quality World.
Tell us about your roles and responsibilities?
My role is Networking officer for the NGN. I am responsible for the external and internal value proposition of the NGN and ensuring our interdependent relationship with the CQI forms the robust foundation of a credible message delivered to all existing and potential members. I need to connect with the other Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) and industry bodies as well as international bodies to grow and broaden the target market of both the CQI and NGN.