A New "TLA" — TLS
It's easy to get tired of new acronyms and buzzwords. Here's a new “TLA” (Three Letter Acronym) I hadn't heard before. This article talks about combining Lean and Six Sigma — to me, these are too separate (and complementary) approaches. There is no such thing as “Lean Six Sigma,” in my view.
Some companies are taking the concept even further, adding in Eli Goldratt's Theory of Constraints (TOC) methodology as another tool, usually front-ending TOC before both Lean and Six Sigma. This three-way combination is sometimes referred to as TLS (TOC, Lean, Six Sigma).
I loved the book The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement and TOC is a great concept to understand. It's not a management system, like Lean, but it's something everyone in operations should know (and use appropriately). But do we need another new acronym? That might be lame (and I don't mean, for once, “L.A.M.E.” — oh wait, that's an acronym I coined).
Pot calling kettle black, I'll admit. We haven't had a “L.A.M.E.” sighting here in a while – does anybody have one to report? Click the “LAME” link below to see more examples of “Lean As Misguidedly Executed.” Kevin Meyer, over at Evolving Excellence, did make reference to my term last week.