BPI helps businesses and organizations achieve “triple bottom line” performance using Lean and Six Sigma
I help sustainable businesses, nonprofits and not-for-profits to achieve “triple bottom line” performance to people, planet and profit so they can eliminate waste and increasing value (read our case studies). For over 20 years, I have helped organizations from many industries reduce or avoid costs, reduce environmental impacts, improve the local community and engage employees.
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What is Lean and Six Sigma?
In simplistic terms, these are two different improvement programs that have been popularized over the past few decades by major companies, and has been spreading into organizations of all sizes and industries.
Lean has roots in Japan, and engages the front-line workers in improving their own processes with a focus on making the process run more smoothly and quickly with less wasted steps and motion. Learn more about Lean >>>
Six Sigma was developed in the United States, and uses statistical analysis and prevention methods to tackle strategic and complex projects using trained “belts” that follow the data to the likely solution to the problem. Learn more about Six Sigma >>>
Both programs have been highly successful and are commonly merged together to take advantage of their strengths. Learn more about Lean Six Sigma >>>
Why do you need Lean and Six Sigma?
Based on proven results over many decades, these two popular process improvement techniques can help organizations engage their employees to increase customer satisfaction through improved quality and quicker response times.
Here are some of the tangible benefits:
- Reduced labor costs and process times
- Increasing employee and volunteer engagement
- Less wasted time by removing waste
- More flexible workers to handle fluctuations in customer demand
- Improved cash flow and reduced inventory
- Faster time getting materials and development work through your processes and to the final customer
- Delays spending and investments in expansion and growth due to improved processes
- Less inventory and money tied up in materials and development
- Reduced expenses
- Less time, materials and charges spent on errors and mistakes
- Quicker to find problems that are more visible, so they don’t get out of hand too quickly
- Smaller rent/mortgage costs due to smaller floor space
- Increased sales and improved customer satisfaction
- Increased value provided to customers through discussions
- Increased satisfaction to customers and stakeholders due to faster responses
- Increased satisfaction due to more consistent products and services and fewer overall problems
- Reduced risks and potential failures
- Assessing processes to identify potential failures and taking action to mitigate problems before they occur or re-occur
- Utilizing tools and engaged employees to find and escalate problems quickly while they’re manageable
It can help you implement a structured approach for making improvements, so you are no longer guessing and hoping that problems get resolved. Through practice, you will learn to use the right tools and approach to solve more problems more quickly, and become confident that the problems will be fully resolved, not “band-aid” fixes.
In addition, BPI also helps organizations accomplish these benefits with Lean Six Sigma:
Reduced environmental and improved community impact
- Improving processes and engaging with stakeholders in your local community can improve your company’s sustainability and corporate responsibility efforts, which can have positive impacts on internal operations, while reducing your impact on the environment.
Why should you work with BPI?
- We have over 20 years of experience combining both Lean and Six Sigma methods together for effective outcomes.
- Proven success with Lean and Six Sigma projects. Saved $8M on a quality improvement project, saved $300K on an electricity reduction project, and helped save $500K on a supplier improvement project (read more case studies). We’ve also helped setup improvement programs at numerous facilities and industries.
- Want to learn more about Lean and Six Sigma?
- We care about sustainability and the “triple bottom line” of people, planet and profit (not just profit). BPI was the first Lean Six Sigma consulting firm to become a Certified B Corporation, and we are a member of 1% for the Planet.
- Experience in applying Lean and Six Sigma to reuse organizations, such as recycling collection and processing, donated electronics and household goods processing, repair operations and home deconstruction.
- We explain concepts in a simple way that makes people enjoy trying a new approach, and want to practice what they learn.
What others have said about the owner,
“Through your commitment, dedication, leadership and expert application of Lean/Six Sigma tools, you were able to achieve outstanding results. [The program] has acquired new skills through your training that will assure sustainable performance. You are to be commended for your personal commitment to increase flow and reduce waste in our processes. I extend my sincere appreciation for a job well done.”
– K.S., Senior VP of Operations
“Thank you again…You introduced a new framework that will not only help us improve the efficacy of our work, but will also help our employees take ownership of the process at a higher level. Several of the directors on the call are really excited about it…which I think is the perfect time to also examine opportunities to streamline our efforts and reduce waste.”
– K.C., Executive Director
“Thank you…I find myself thinking more ‘lean’ already, not just at work but in every aspect of life. Funny how much difference even a day session can make.”
– E.P., Environmental Engineer