In reality, Lean Six Sigma (LSS) and Business Process Management (BPM) have much to contribute to each other. There are many touch points of Lean Six Sigma and BPM in an organization. Hence if these were connected, it can give a company a competitive advantage over others.
First of all, Lean improves a number of activities at a time. Whilst Six Sigma focuses on a single activity or a group of steps implemented to achieve a specific improvement. Therefore when the project is long drawn, both of them lose focus of the bigger picture. Yet this is where BPM steps in.
Ideally, a BPM environment is especially relevant for the foundation of Lean Six Sigma. Furthermore, when it comes to supporting broader and less defined improvement efforts, Lean Six Sigma depends on the models and associated information provided by BPM. It looks at the enterprise-wide process management and creates a framework for facilitating the ongoing changes.
Therefore A BPM environment helps in monitoring, evaluating and controlling processes. Hence eventually, optimizing initiatives at a higher level across various technologies and applications within a business. Furthermore, it complements and accelerates Lean and Six Sigma by expediting the process of change. That is, integrating the data-driven focus of Lean Six Sigma with the real-time controls and automation of BPM can offer the following benefits: