The Lean Six Sigma professional is no longer restricted to a limited amount of data and the tools that handle it. PC’s can be linked to servers where the Big Data resides. The lack of scalability of traditional PC methods is no longer an obstacle. Having said that, there are two new obstacles that need to be addressed. The first is ensuring that IT organizations provide access and formatting of the data for analysis and second, is having good analytical software to perform data analysis.
Lean Six Sigma professionals meet together to share knowledge, experiences and expanded networks to advance Lean Six Sigma further into the fabric of organizations and make it permanent. This interaction helps all involved to see what goals can be set for themselves individually, collectively for them and their Six Sigma colleagues (should they not be the lone person working on Lean Six Sigma) as well as expanding their influence with the organization to accomplish corporate goals.
The certification process helps individuals learn the tools and professional meetings give an opportunity to learn from more experienced colleagues as well as networking to share best practices. This includes learning new methods such as advanced analytics, big data and using available technology.
A key role that Lean Six Sigma professionals can provide is in the selection of the best analytical software and tools. With their knowledge of methods, they can evaluate analytical products for the most value to the organization.
There are a couple key things to keep in mind. During the evaluation process, consider three things:
1) Make sure that the vendor is not trying sell an overkill of software. Some software companies “bundle” a lot of algorithms into a pretty package that dazzles people in the organization who are not analytics experts. Be sure that it is not overloaded with more than would ever be used by data analysts,
2) Look to see if the software is over complicated. If the IT department that you work with can’t install and configure it easily, then it may be so complicated that running it later would require significant resources. This only leads to resentment by the IT department for needing to do the “care and feeding” of the analytical package.
3) Look at the price tag. If it includes more than what is needed and requires paying for installation and configuring then do some comparison shopping to avoid purchasing a product that is overpriced.
Lean Six Sigma, when applied to high priority goals, is one of the most valuable methods for an organization. The Lean Six Sigma professional can not only lead value adding projects, but also influence other activities in the organization. The Lean Six Sigma professional in combination with the quality professionals of an organization have the most knowledge for helping to meet important goals.
1) Duarte, J. E., "Policy Deployment: Planning Methods That Get Results", Canadian Management Accountants Magazine, May 1993. (Reprinted in Continuous Journey, March 1994)