Today's competitive global business environment leaves little room for error and inefficiency, which explains why Six Sigma and Lean have become part of today's everyday business language. Many extol the virtues of these continuous improvement methods as a way to drive out waste and reduce variation in everything from customer service to overall process performance. However, which continuous improvement methodology is more prominent and popular?
"As part of our executive recruiting practice we track a large amount of industry trend data in order to better target our business efforts and serve our client base," says Tim Noble, managing principal of The Avery Point Group. "We monitor three main indices to give us a long- and short-term view of the disciplines we service. We look at the number of books published each year by topic, the number of Internet keyword searches, and the number of jobs posted online by keyword."
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