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Alessandro LaureaniFollow

DOI

10.5703/1288284317325

Abstract

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Agile and Lean Six Sigma integration: a Leadership framework

Author: Alessandro Laureani, Independent Lean Six Sigma Scholar, Ireland

E-mail: alaureani@hotmail.com Phone: +353 87 914 4532

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how Agile methodologies and Lean Six Sigma can coexist and propose a Leadership framework to successfully merge Agile methodologies with Lean Six Sigma practice.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper builds on the author’s doctoral thesis on Leadership for Lean Six Sigma, and integrate Agile practices based on the author’s experience in the software development industry.

Findings

Agile methodologies, that came to prominence in the software development industries from the early 2000s, can successfully coexist with Lean Six Sigma and positively reinforce the respective strengths, provided the right type of Leadership is in place to facilitate this integration.

Practical implications

Leaders in digital high tech organizations have come to consider Agile methodologies as the de-facto standard in software development projects, and may have reservations on how Lean Six Sigma can successfully integrate with Agile: this paper proposes a framework for leading the integration of Agile and Lean Six Sigma practices.

Originality/value

The paper presents a framework for successfully integrating Agile and Lean Six Sigma: this would be of particular interest to practitioners in digital high tech and or software development organizations.

Keywords: Agile, Leadership, Lean Six Sigma

Paper type: Conceptual paper

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Agile and Lean Six Sigma integration: a Leadership framework

Submitting final version of the paper attached.


Agile and Lean Six Sigma integration: a Leadership framework

Author: Alessandro Laureani, Independent Lean Six Sigma Scholar, Ireland

E-mail: alaureani@hotmail.com Phone: +353 87 914 4532

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how Agile methodologies and Lean Six Sigma can coexist and propose a Leadership framework to successfully merge Agile methodologies with Lean Six Sigma practice.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper builds on the author’s doctoral thesis on Leadership for Lean Six Sigma, and integrate Agile practices based on the author’s experience in the software development industry.

Findings

Agile methodologies, that came to prominence in the software development industries from the early 2000s, can successfully coexist with Lean Six Sigma and positively reinforce the respective strengths, provided the right type of Leadership is in place to facilitate this integration.

Practical implications

Leaders in digital high tech organizations have come to consider Agile methodologies as the de-facto standard in software development projects, and may have reservations on how Lean Six Sigma can successfully integrate with Agile: this paper proposes a framework for leading the integration of Agile and Lean Six Sigma practices.

Originality/value

The paper presents a framework for successfully integrating Agile and Lean Six Sigma: this would be of particular interest to practitioners in digital high tech and or software development organizations.

Keywords: Agile, Leadership, Lean Six Sigma

Paper type: Conceptual paper