chapter  5
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Lean enterprises

In this chapter the concept of lean enterprise and its impact on Six Sigma are considered. It is shown that lean enterprise began in car manufacturing in Japan, but that today a lean enterprise is any organization that has largely eliminated any activity that absorbs resource but does not add value to the product or service. The requirements for lean are considered and are married to the concepts of Six Sigma. We conclude by showing how the benefits of Six Sigma and lean can be combined with FIT SIGMA™ to keep an enterprise lean and fit.