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How Long Will It Take?
People considering implementing LSS/HPO often ask, “How long…”

• Will each stage take?
• Will the whole thing take?
• Before we see any benefits in terms of speed, cost, quality, revenue?
• Until the culture changes to one with intrinsic motivation and extreme execution focus?

The diagram below presents some answers.

Implementation times will vary for each organization. Factors that affect an organization’s precise position in the ranges provided above are shown in the table below.

Source: Integrating Lean Six Sigma and High-Performance Organizations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer.

* Some organizations opt for a fast-track results project using Lean techniques and an improvement team. Using Lean tools and principles, impressive results can be a
achieved in as few as three to four weeks.

Selected Factors Impact on implementation time
Size of the organization In larger organizations it typically takes longer to train a critical mass and longer to restructure into high-performance teams.
Current cultural predisposition to collaboration Organizations whose members are highly competitive and unaccustomed to collaboration have a longer learning curve.
Unanimity of top management that LSS/HPO is the way to go Top management must actively support the implementation. If all do not, they need to be convinced or replaced, and this increases the implementation time.
Current use of teams Where teams and the spirit of teamwork are not present, implementation time increases.
Existence of union(s) When unions are present, additional time must be allotted for active, positive union involvement.
In-house expertise in Lean, Six Sigma, or HPO Since an ultimate goal is to have many in the organization training in Lean, Six Sigma, and HPO, an existing base will shorten the overall implementation time.