The rapid growth of globalization has caused the need for faster access to information, products and services and rapid deployment of human resources in conducting business.  The Barbelo Group recognizes the importance of having the right people at the right time to gain and maintain an organization’s competitive advantage.


Today's competitive environment leaves no room for error.  The Barbelo Group uses Six Sigma combined with Lean methodologies in all our processes and practices to enable our clients to run their organization more smoothly.  How does the Barbelo Group add value to your organization by using Lean Six Sigma?  We simplify processes and fee up internal resources by removing unnecessary steps and reducing errors in the management of your Human Resources, thus, decreasing your overall cost.


What is Six Sigma?

The word is a statistical term that measures how far a given process deviates from perfection.  The central idea behind Six Sigma is that if you can measure how many "defects" you have in a process, you can systematically figure out how to eliminate them and get as close to "zero defects" as possible.


The term “Six Sigma” is based on a statistical concept:

Defective items can be minimized by maintaining 6 standard deviations (6 “sigmas”) between the process mean (average) and its upper and lower specification limits.



Six Sigma also accounts for the tendency of processes to degrade over the long term:

A Six Sigma process can tolerate a “shift” of 1.5 standard deviations (1.5 shift) and still maintain a “safety cushion” between the process men and its specification limits.






To achieve Six Sigma Quality, a process must produce no more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities.  An "opportunity" is defined as a chance for non-conformance, or not meeting the required specifications. This means we need to be nearly flawless in executing our key processes.


Why combine Lean and Six Sigma?

Lean is a tool used by businesses to streamline manufacturing and production processes. The main emphasis of Lean is on cutting out unnecessary and wasteful steps in the creation of a product so that only steps that directly add value to the product are taken.


Six Sigma is a highly disciplined process that helps us focus on developing and delivering near-perfect products and services.  Similar to Lean, Six Sigma’s goal is to eliminate defects and waste, thereby improving quality and efficiency, by streamlining and improving all business processes.  Six Sigma looks at overall business to produce and deliver products and services to near perfection (no defect), while Lean focuses on eliminating unnecessary steps by eliminating non-value added steps (value).  Together we can deliver quality services that are valuable to our customers.


Lean and Six Sigma both seek to eliminate waste and create the most efficient system possible, but they take different approaches toward this goal.  In simplest terms, the main difference between Lean and Six Sigma is that they identify the root cause of waste differently.


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