In today’s industry market, are Lean or Six Sigma skills selling/hiring points, or are they fading trends?
Both Lean and Six Sigma receive mixed reactions across industry. When it comes to grasping the Lean theory and concept approach, the phrase “Lean Thinking” says it all. It’s the original and most reliable source. Six Sigma for Managers does a good job of explaining the Six Sigma concepts, methodology, and performance metrics without going into detail about the mathematical and related problem-solving methods. As compared to Six Sigma, people still show more interest in Lean and it is praised. Six Sigma on the other hand, gets the taste of both. Some businesses implement both, some either of the two and some doesn’t believe in either of the two.
If implemented correctly and effectively, both Lean and Six Sigma tools can suggest excellent business improvement programs as both teach outstanding fundamentals and strategy of problem solving and process improvement. For the role of business analyst, the knowledge of Six Sigma practices is a must.
Rather than attempting to fulfil a written, spoken, or unspoken demand for a particular credential that may or may not meet the demands of certain segments of the industry, it may be more effective to illustrate and highlight expertise and success with enhancing business efficiency independent, or regardless, of a specific technique.
Irrespective of the title of a program, the skills that a business analyst must have are good fundamentals, ability of problem solving and understanding. It is not easy to learn and adopt the skill to identify, understand, plan out, and solve problems. It is important to highlight the success journey of the improving business performance irrespective of the methodology adopted.
Will it be sufficient if a good problem solver could illustrate efficient business progress as well as intelligently analyse the philosophic methodology and concepts of some of the different programmes or methodologies? The focus must be the understanding of the business and problem solving, not the program certificate.
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