FAQ Posted by Vative December 14th, 2017
Will Lean help improve our culture and morale within the workplace?


Yes. Lean will have a significant impact on improving the culture and morale within your organisation. However, it is important to understand that there may be underlying reasons that cause the problem.

During a Lean program, Vative uses a 3-phase approach to improving culture and morale. We start at the organisation’s roots, where we focus on understanding common beliefs (knowledge and experience) across the organisation. Once beliefs are understood, we move onto understanding the attitudes that are consequential to beliefs. Behavioural change can only take place once attitudes are aligned and common beliefs and goals are shared across the organisation.

This is part of the Vative Lean process and has proven to be successful by many of our current and existing clients.

Why should I get my Lean Six Sigma Training & Certification through Vative?

Vative is Australia’s largest business optimisation consultancy and training company. Therefore, we have a commitment to ensure that each and every one of our attendees have a comprehensive understanding of the course materials and can implement Lean confidently.

Vative’s prime offering is consultancy and hands-on work. Therefore, when our facilitators aren’t conducting Lean Six Sigma workshops, they are on-site implementing Lean for clients such as Toll, Holden, Kmart, Coles, Bosch, La Trobe University, Capral, Government organisations and more. They can relate to your industry through hands-on experience.

Our workshops are tailored to suit the backgrounds of our attendees. We provide real life examples and simulations that help cement the learnings, as well as post-workshop coaching. We believe in providing you with the best possible Lean Six Sigma training available and ensuring you not only have a globally recognised certification, but the ability to actually implement Lean Six Sigma correctly.

Our credibility and quality of service is just one of the reasons why we are certified by the LSSSP (Lean Six Sigma Society of Professionals)and deliver our content to the Motorola University Standard.

Who are the suitable candidates for Lean Six Sigma or Lean Practitioner training?

Individuals who are mandated to implement change and improvement within their organisation are deemed suitable candidates for Lean Six Sigma or Lean Practitioner Training. In our experience, Directors, Partners and Managers are most likely to undertake the training first and then recommend it to their team. Individuals within these roles are deemed suitable candidates for Lean Six Sigma or Lean Practitioner training, however the training is open to individuals across all backgrounds and roles.

We have seen incredible outcomes when Lean Six Sigma and/or Lean Practitioner training is undertaken across an entire organisation. See our Case Studies section for more information.

What is the difference between Lean Practitioner training and Lean Six Sigma Training?

The difference between Lean Practitioner and Lean Six Sigma training is in the level of focus that is emphasised on Lean principles.

Lean Practitioner training is solely focused on Lean principles and is all about efficiency and reducing waste in an organisation. During Lean Practitioner training, participants are taught how to utilise a number of Lean tools and are placed in a simulated production line environment where they can see the before and after state through Lean implementation.

Lean Six Sigma training focuses heavily on problem solving, as it is primarily a data driven, problem solving methodology, which aims to eliminate defects in any process. Lean is also covered during Lean Six Sigma training as a high level overview. Participants will be challenged with a poorly calibrated catapult and work their way to perfect accuracy through the usage of Lean Six Sigma tools.

If you’re having difficulty deciding what course is best suited for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice on 1300 82 84 83.

What is Lean Six Sigma? Is there a difference between Lean and Six Sigma?

Lean and Six Sigma are two separate, yet somewhat similar methodologies. The term ‘Lean Six Sigma’ is simply a combination of the two methodologies and is generally how it is referred to today. In the 1990’s, the two methodologies, (Lean and Six Sigma) were brought together to create one powerful framework.

Lean is about eliminating waste in order to maximise and improve efficiency. Six Sigma is a data driven, problem solving methodology, which aims to eliminate defects in any process.

Together, they create a very powerful framework for continuous improvement, thus the demand for Lean Six Sigma was formed.

We’ve considered implementing Lean for a while now, however we’re concerned about ROI. How can I be sure that I will get a ROI and how quickly will that occur?

When an organisation becomes more efficient, it immediately begins to improve profitability through an increase in capacity and lower running costs. Some organisations receive a return on their investment within the first month of their program, whilst others take longer. A number of factors come into play, such as the size of the organisation, the initial level of inefficiency, the ‘low hanging fruit’ (the quick-win opportunities) and many more.

With any Lean business improvement program that is commenced through Vative, all of these factors will be discussed in the beginning and programs will only commence once both parties agree to the expected outcomes.

Our work is only complete once you are satisfied. As an organisation we stand by this level of trust and professionalism. Therefore, if you’re concerned about ROI, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 1300 VATIVE (82 84 83).

Lean Manufacturing, Lean Logistics, Lean Farming, Lean Construction, Lean Healthcare, Lean Office. What do all of these terms mean and how do they differ to the general term ‘Lean’?

These terms are simply short for saying ‘Lean for a particular industry’. For example, Lean Manufacturing is referring to ‘Lean’, tailored to suit a manufacturing environment, whereas Lean Healthcare is somewhat different in its execution and tailored to suit the Healthcare space.

Vative have different divisions that separately specialise in each of these areas.

I hear a lot about Lean, but I don’t exactly understand what it’s all about. What is Lean and more importantly, how will it benefit my business?

What is Lean? To put it simply, Lean is a process improvement methodology, developed since mass production at Ford began in 1910. It was, however properly established by Toyota afterwards. It is a framework for creating efficiency and a culture of continuous improvement through the eradication of waste.

Waste, in Lean terms is a reference to wasted time and resources spent on tasks that do not add value to the customer or the business. Waste can appear in many forms, but some of the obvious ones are time spent looking for tools, long changeover times, re-work, inefficient processes, excess overtime, disorganisation and non-standardised work.

Businesses often save millions of dollars after implementing Lean and vastly improve workplace culture throughout the transformation. It is applicable to all industries and workplaces such as factories, warehouses, depots, hospitals, offices and more.

How will I know if Lean is actually working for my business?

A key Lean principle is ‘measurement’. Everything is measured in order to continuously learn and improve.

When developing a Lean program, KPI’s and targets are always set. Vative in particular, will set targets from the beginning and work with you until those targets are reached. Our job isn’t completed until you get a return on investment (ROI).

Furthermore, the difference will be evident both visually and from a data perspective. It is an exciting journey to watch and take part in.

Are there any prerequisites or criteria that I need to meet before undertaking any Lean Six Sigma or Lean Practitioner workshops?

No, there are no prerequisites for undertaking Lean training. All we ask is that you attend with an open mind and the drive to initiate change within your organisation.

Registrants have the option of completing the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training course without initially completing Green or Yellow Belt training. However, we do advise that you complete the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course first, as the content may be difficult to grasp without a Green Belt background.

Am I able to utilise Government grants to help cover the costs of a business improvement program?

In some cases, subject to eligibility criteria and availability, you may be eligible to utilise one or more government grants that appear under the business improvement banner.

The Australian government has a number of assistance programmes that have been designed to support businesses of all sizes and industries.

Vative can provide assistance around general questions relating to eligibility and program options that are best suited for your organisation and business improvement plans.

We can manage this entire process for you. Contact us on 1300 VATIVE (82 84 83) for more information.