Demand for Lean Talent Matches Six Sigma


Six Sigma and Lean Talent Demand: Finally Reaching Parity

A press release says that demand for Lean skills and experience has risen:

Based on its third annual sampling of Internet job postings, The Avery Point Group found that Six Sigma no longer outpaces Lean by a wide margin when it comes to desired skill sets, as was found in its two previous annual studies. Demand for Lean talent has grown in the past year to almost equal that of Six Sigma. The growth in interest in Lean talent has not, however, come at the expense of Six Sigma; rather the study shows an overall increased demand for continuous improvement talent utilizing these skill sets.

It also says that almost half of Six Sigma job postings also call for Lean experience and half of Lean job postings call for Six Sigma exposure.

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  1. I posted a related article here.

    After reading this I thought about Principle 10 of the Toyota Way:

    Develop exceptional people and teams who follow your company’s philosophy-Teams depend on well-trained people and part of individual development is learning to work in teams.

    High employee turnover is not only disruptive but ruins the sense of workplace community. Additionally if the company has not bought into the philosophy behind these programs, which seems to be the case with the next quote, then the focus will ultimately be on using the tools only.

  2. There is one thing, I do not understand. That why so I only find articles/posts/stories about lean competing with Six Sigma and why not vice-versa? Is appears like six Sigma community does not believe in comparing themselves with any other improvement philosophy.


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