Was Six Sigma A Fad? Search Trends Indicate Waning Interest

I was comparing some data the other day regarding lean versus six sigma, and the hybrid lean six sigma, systems and I found some interesting information.

This photo displays a graph of six sigma vs lean search terms from 2004 til present.

Turns out, lean has enjoyed a roller coaster search history, but taken on average, it has been relatively consistent since search results have been recorded since 2004 worldwide. Six Sigma, on the other hand, has been dealing with a sliding board of interest.  It seems it might be on its way out.  Perhaps it was more of a fad than some holistic “cure-all” for industry.  I thought it was interesting to compare the main searcher for “lean” in industry, India, to my country, the United States, to see how we both seem to rank the terms.

arrow

 

India is either abandoning all of these systems, or it may indicate a decline in manufacturing there.

5S Lean Guide

5S Guide: Improve efficiency with effective organization

When the workplace is a mess, processes slow down. 5S, a systematic method for workplace organization, keeps spaces clean and clear of clutter so processes run more efficiently. This 5S Guide explains the steps of a 5S program, how to start a program, and what tools you’ll need to make 5S a success.

Get Free 5S Guide

The United States, though having taken massive hits in industry in the last few decades, seems to still embrace lean ideologies.

Both seem to be jumping from the Six Sigma ship, though.

Why do you think that is?  I’d love to hear your educated guesses.

 

Similar Posts:

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail