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How to Write an Objective Statement for Six Sigma

After you know what your problem statement is and how much improvement you’re aiming for with Six Sigma, you’re ready to craft your objective statement. Your [more…]

How to Get a Six Sigma Project Approved and Assigned

Your final step in getting your Six Sigma project started is to identify who has to approve the project. Although this task seems like an easy step that requires little effort, don’t take it lightly — [more…]

How to Use DMAIC for Six Sigma

At the business level, Six Sigma projects are the players in the overall game plan of a breakthrough performance improvement initiative, DMAIC. The business perspective is that a Six Sigma project is the [more…]

How to Organize a Team for a Six Sigma Initiative

The full deployment and implementation of a Six Sigma initiative in an organization requires the collective participation of numerous people, each of whom is responsible for fulfilling specific roles and [more…]

How to Write the Business Case for Six Sigma

After you’ve homed in on the problem area, you need to define the business case for the Six Sigma project approach you’re considering. Writing the business case helps you describe or characterize the issues [more…]

How to Use Different Types of Data for Six Sigma

All data aren’t created equal. As you begin your Six Sigma quest to organize your data, you first need to know what type of performance data you have. Just as knowing what the fish are biting tells you [more…]

How to Achieve Customer Driven Value for Six Sigma

Most companies want to achieve customer driven value with their Six Sigma initiative. They want customers to express both a strong demand for and a great satisfaction with their work. [more…]

How to Analyze Process Flow to Achieve Value for Six Sigma

A process in Six Sigma where material and information flow continuously is one that has minimal waste, so one way to identify waste and improve value is to look for disruptions to flow. Here are some indicators [more…]

How to Analyze Normal Variation and Probability for Six Sigma

All process and product data in Six Sigma projects have variation; each repeated instance of any measured data point is different from the instance before. And as the collection of repeated measurements [more…]

How to Work with the Z Transformation for Six Sigma

There will most definitely be times when you will need to work with the Z transformation in Six Sigma. How often do you come across a process or product characteristic that has an average of 0 and a standard [more…]

How to Measure Yield for Six Sigma

You will need to be able to measure yield for your Six Sigma initiative. In the simplest terms, a process or characteristic can either meet or not meet its specification. Just as when you harvest the fruit [more…]

How to Measure Defect Rate for Six Sigma

The complementary measurement of yield for Six Sigma is defects. When a process or characteristic doesn’t perform within its specifications, it produces a noncompliant condition, called a [more…]

How to Link Yield and Defect Rate for Six Sigma

Yield and defect rate aren’t completely independent of each other for Six Sigma. When you have an overall process with a relatively low defect rate — say, a process that produces units with a [more…]

Short and Long Term Capability Indices for Six Sigma

The simplest capability index for Six Sigma is called CPor short term capability index. It compares the width of a two-sided specification to the effective short-term width of the process. [more…]

How to Analyze Your Six Sigma Measurement System

It’s important for your Six Sigma initiative to know if your measurement system is effective. You need solid data to initiate your project and having a solid measurement system is key. [more…]

How to Mine Your Six Sigma Data for Insight

Data mining is just what its name implies — it’s the labor of digging and sorting through Six Sigma data for clues to where the improvement gems may lie. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of dirt [more…]

How to Create a Multi-Vari Chart for Six Sigma

A useful tool in Six Sigma initiatives is the Multi-Vari Chart and sampling plan. These can greatly help your project. Here’s the step-by-step procedure for pulling intermittent data from a running process [more…]

How to Construct and Interpret a Multi Vari Chart for Six Sigma

You don’t have to wait until your multi-vari data are collected to start creating the multi-vari chart for Six Sigma. Instead, you can build the chart, incrementally, adding more to it as you collect more [more…]

How to Use Control Charts for Six Sigma

The primary Statistical Process Control (SPC) tool for Six Sigma initiatives is the control chart — a graphical tracking of a process input or an output over time. In the control chart, these tracked measurements [more…]

How to Decipher Your Sigma (Z) Score for Six Sigma

From a quality perspective, Six Sigma is defined as 3.4 defects per million opportunities. This figure is called a Six Sigma level of quality. Sigma scores are thrown about so much that you definitely [more…]

Why Money Matters to Business Efficiency

Money matters as much as time to your business or organization's efficiency. So many people (and organizations) sign up for recurring services and then forget about them — never noticing the small credit [more…]

Measure Business Efficiency Where You Are Now

You can’t improve efficiency in your business or organization if you don’t know where you stand currently. Without a starting point, you have no official idea whether the changes you implement in hopes [more…]

How to Identify Inefficiencies in Your Business

A great starting place for identifying inefficiencies in your business is to take baseline measurements across your organization, which you can then use like a road map to your inefficiencies. Working [more…]

Consider the Impact of Potential Business Efficiency Solutions

It’s easy to assume you know which solution to use to address a given inefficiency problem in your business or organization, but you know what they say about assuming. A responsible efficiency-enhancing [more…]

How to Set Clear Business Efficiency Goals

The first step in addressing business efficiency is to get an idea of the issues you want to address, and then you have to state what sort of improvement you’re seeking. [more…]

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