It’s really not surprising that everyone wants to be associated with a concept called agile. In today’s cut throat world we all want to be perceived as quick, nimble and open to every possibility to drive the business forward.
Agile techniques are often aligned with lean and six sigma methodologies, commonly used in manufacturing to hone production processes by eliminating waste and making continuous, small improvements.
In Lean Principles, by Jerry Kilpatrick, Lean methodology is defined as “A systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through continuous improvement, flowing the product at the pull of the customer in pursuit of perfection“.
According to Wikipedia Six Sigma is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. It seeks to improve the quality output of process by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes. It uses a set of quality management methods, mainly empirical, statistical methods, and creates an infrastructure of people within the organization (“Champions”, “Black Belts”, “Green Belts”, “Yellow Belts”, etc.) who are experts in these methods.
Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has expertized value targets, for example: reduce process cycle time, reduce pollution, reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction, and increase profits. Continue reading Project Management And Agility