Principle of War #3 – Mass
Mass: Concentrate powers at a decisive time and place
- Concerted action
- Unity of command
The ability to focus and concentrate is essential for success in any endeavor. We as Lean Six Sigma professionals often lead rapid improvement teams also known as a “Kaizen Blitz”. This is when we gather key people and resources to focus efforts on one objective. We mass our resources on a goal and see it through completion. Mass is the opposite of multi-tasking, a start to finish mentality.
A common Lean Six Sigma tool to help focus efforts for the biggest bang for your buck is the Pareto chart. Pareto highlights that typically 20% of causes have an 80% impact – essentially separating the vital few from the trivial many. Once Pareto shows us where the 20% greatest impact area is, we “Mass” our Kaizen efforts there.