It seemed to start with the announcement that iSixSigma was about to close their doors. Perhaps I’m partially to blame as I wrote an article where I shared my opinions on what I feel is a very sad situation.
In any event, there seems to be more bickering than normal across various Social Media sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
You see, many, but not all, hard core Six Sigma practitioners will find ways to snub their noises at the lean crowd while many, but again not all, hard core lean practitioners will find a way to poke at the six sigma folks.
With this said, I often wonder how effective the continuous improvement world could truly be if we focused less on labels (lean, six sigma, TOC, etc.) and more on learning new things and helping others.
Again, I’ll shoulder may share of the blame here… just look at the name of this blog! I fell right into the same labels game when first starting LSS Academy.
In the end, Social Media outlets like blogs, LinkedIn, and Twitter can be very powerful when leveraged for good… but when they become ideological battle fields for people to attack others under the guise of continuous improvement… well, I sometimes wonder if they’re helping at all.
What do you think?