Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Definitions

Glossary terms, history, people and definitions about Lean and Six Sigma


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Pronounced like “Times,” it is an acronym for 7 categories where resources are essential to adding value and keeping the work flowing without interruption. When they are not present, they become constraints (bottlenecks) which can interrupt work, increase costs and delays, and cause delays to your customer.

  • Tools
  • Information
  • Material
  • Manpower
  • Equipment
  • Safety
  • Space

Similar to a fishbone diagram, this acronym can be used to assist the brainstorming of existing or potential issues.



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