Lean Six Sigma

by John J. Pitney, Jr.


In the debate, Newt Gingrich suggested that he could trim the defense budget by using “Lean Six Sigma.”  Is it a good issue for him?  On the one hand, some public administrators think that the metric-heavy management technique can improve government efficiency.  On the other hand, does he really want to embrace something that has been the target of so many “Dilbert” cartoons?