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Deming-based Lean Six Sigma Management is an idea (theory) that includes the systems, methods, and tools for full implementation.  Dr. Howard S. Gitlow synthesized and operationalized Deming-based Lean Six Sigma Management and made this theory a basis of positive economic change in the United States.

A Useful Idea

Dr. Howard S. Gitlow is the synthesizer of “Deming-based Lean Six Sigma Management.” It integrates Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s theory of management, the administrative systems of Japanese Total Quality Control, the tools, and methods of Six Sigma Management and Lean Manufacturing. Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s theory of management promotes joy in work, and thereby, releases the power contained in intrinsic motivation.  Japanese Total Quality Control provides the administrative systems to operationalize Dr. Deming’s theory of management. Six Sigma Management is a quality management methodology which relentlessly reduces unit-to-unit (products), and step-to step (processes and services),variation in critical processes, products, and services.Lean Manufacturing’s aim to minimize waste and increase the speed of a system. Dr. Gitlow synthesize all the above theories and formed a new theory called Deming-based Lean Six Sigma management.

Structure of Deming-based Lean Six Sigma Management as an Idea

Deming-based Lean Six Sigma Management is structured into three interdependent models; they are:

  1. The Micro Model
  2. The Macro Model
  3. The Management Model

These three models determine the dos and don’ts of individuals working towards a cultural transformation of their organization through process improvement. The Macro Model includes dashboards with a cascading system of job descriptions, objectives, and metrics that flow down the entire organization. Everyone knows what their job is and how it connects to the rest of the organization. The Micro Model includes all the tools and methods for process improvement in all aspects of an organization. The Management Model provides the theoretical and practical values and beliefs necessary to make Deming-based Lean Six Sigma Management a reality.