United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Primer on Lean Six Sigma (NUREG/BR-0470)

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Date Published: January 2010

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Abstract

In 2007, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) launched an initiative to develop Lean Six Sigma capability at the NRC. The agency deployed a Lean Six Sigma program to improve the quality and timeliness of products and services, increase efficiency, and improve operational effectiveness.

This primer is part of an effort to communicate Lean Six Sigma knowledge throughout the NRC. It provides readers with basic information about Lean Six Sigma and the Lean Six Sigma program activities at the agency. The primer is organized into the following three parts:

  • Part 1 presents an overview of Lean Six Sigma, including its benefits and implementation difficulties.
  • Part 2 provides a general practice guide for Lean Six Sigma.
  • Part 3 describes the Lean Six Sigma infrastructure, internal resources, and potential applications at the NRC.
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