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LEAN, KAIZEN OR SIX SIGMA?
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This is a familiar question that is often addressed by organizations. In fact, it's the wrong question. These concepts are nothing more than tools in your management toolbox. You don't fix a watch with a hammer, and you get the same results when you deploy Six Sigma, Lean, and Kaizen incorrectly. The fact is, a business problem is a business problem, and it needs to be fixed. Understanding the application of these tools to various improvement opportunities is the key to success. Figure 1 provides a perspective on how to integrate Six Sigma, Lean, and Kaizen into a total business improvement strategy.