Lean Six Sigma goes beyond projects to give businesses an overhaul in efficiency


“Everything we do is a process and processes can be improved using Lean Six Sigma methodology.” - Michael Mladjenovic

Instructor Michael Mladjenovic explains how Lean Six Sigma differs from project management, and the business challenges it can help address.  

Lean Six Sigma aims to improve business processes and reduce inefficiencies 

Project Management and Lean Six Sigma have some common elements. Both methods use a team and project approach in order to create value for their customers and organizations. Project Management is focused on how to get a project up and running while effectively and efficiently utilizing resources. On the other hand, Lean Six Sigma focuses on how to simplify and improve capabilities of business processes. It is based on the application of DMAIC framework and realized on a team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation. 

LSS can be applied to any industry 

Lean Six Sigma business improvement methodology has been applied to all industry sectors: healthcare, government, manufacturing, education, financial services, pharmaceutical and IT. We can say that Lean Six Sigma implementation can expand value creation, simplify processes, reduce non-value-added activities and waste, improve workflows, increase process efficiency and effectiveness, eliminate defects and rework, increase customer satisfaction, generate financial benefits, and increase employee engagement and satisfaction. 

LSS is a useful skill set for professionals at any stage of their careers  

Everything we do is a process and processes can be improved using Lean Six Sigma methodology. Over the 8 years I’ve been teaching Lean Six Sigma at UofT SCS I had the privilege of teaching hundreds of students. I had the pleasure to transfer Lean Six Sigma expertise to fresh graduates, new immigrants, people with high school, trade or university degree, aspiring managers, people in transition, people at president, senior VP, and director levels. After receiving a Lean Six Sigma training they were able to immediately implement the learned skills at their workplace. 

Dr. Michael Mladjenovic is a Master Black Belt, whose professional experience includes senior leadership positions in manufacturing, engineering, continuous improvement, and quality assurance. He teaches Advanced Lean Six Sigma Techniques, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Online