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Considering Six Sigma Best Practices

Successful Six Sigma efforts have several practices and characteristics in common. As you launch into your own Six Sigma journey, you can use these as landmarks to set your course and bearing. Even after [more…]

Tracing the Roots and Meaning of Six Sigma

The Six Sigma methodology was formalized in the mid-1980s at Motorola. New business and management theories and ideas were combined with basic principles and statistical methods that had existed in quality [more…]

Avoiding Six Sigma Pitfalls

Navigating your business through the Six Sigma methodology can be treacherous. Identifying — and avoiding — common Six Sigma mistakes and perceptions can keep your business from running aground. [more…]

The Key Principles of Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a powerful, proven method of improving business efficiency and effectiveness. In a nutshell, here are the key principles of Lean Six Sigma to bear in mind: [more…]

Using DMAIC in Lean Six Sigma

To undertake improvement activity in your business processes in a systematic way using Lean Six Sigma, you need to employ the useful framework of DMAIC: [more…]

Understanding Value with Lean Six Sigma

When you’re trying to improve value for your customers with Lean Six Sigma, remember that in your customers’ eyes, value is what they’re willing to pay for: [more…]

Tackling Waste with Lean Six Sigma

You can improve process flow in a number of ways using Lean Six Sigma, including by reducing waste. The seven categories of waste are sometimes identified by the acronym Tim Wood: [more…]

Six Sigma Measures and Formulas

The goal of Six Sigma is to improve your processes (like how to fix variation) and products and increase efficiency. When you’ve gathered your data and start making your calculations, be sure to keep these [more…]

The DMAIC Method of Six Sigma

The DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) project method is a formalized problem-solving process of Six Sigma. It’s made-up of five steps to apply to any procedure of a business to improve effectiveness [more…]

The Tools-Methods Landscape of Six Sigma

Having the right tools and knowing how to apply them to your Six Sigma projects will help you produce accurate, acceptable, and reusable outcomes. Here’s an overview of the Six Sigma landscape: [more…]

What Is Six Sigma?

Generally, Six Sigma is a problem-solving methodology that helps enhance business and organizational operations. It can also be defined in a number of other ways: [more…]

Six Sigma Principles

Six Sigma is based on a handful of basic principles, and these principles create the entire Six Sigma arrangement. Here are Six Sigma’s fundamental principles: [more…]

The Six Sigma Scale

The Six Sigma scale shows how well a vital feature performs compared to its requirements. The higher the sigma score, the more efficient the feature is. This table shows the universal Six Sigma scale: [more…]

Six Sigma Principle Three: Measure for Success

The principle of measurement is one of the fundamental tenets of Six Sigma. You may boast lots of knowledge about your processes, but until you translate that knowledge into numbers through measurement [more…]

Six Sigma Principle Four: Apply Leverage

In Six Sigma terms, leverage is the ability to apply effort toward the critical few Xs that have the greatest impact on your desired Y. You have to expend a little effort to find the leverage, but when [more…]

Six Sigma Principle Five: Manage Risk

In a perfect world, there is no error — the ε in the Six Sigma breakthrough equation. Unfortunately, Six Sigma managers are faced with managing risk. The input [more…]

Six Sigma’s Four Domains of Activity

The sole purpose of Six Sigma is to increase productivity and using the four domains of activity can help achieve better efficiency. You can apply Six Sigma to four areas, or [more…]

The Five Stages of a Six Sigma Initiative

You don’t start a Six Sigma program by launching right into a bunch of projects; you will need to follow the five stages. Six Sigma is strong stuff; you move deliberately and prescriptively through distinct [more…]

How to Break Down Process Flow for a Six Sigma Initiative

In Six Sigma, you want to define a process very precisely — down to the last detail of activity, resource, decision, dependency, and value. Sometimes, this level of definition is the only way you can sufficiently [more…]

How to Develop a SIPOC for a Six Sigma Initiative

A successful Six Sigma Initiative requires developing a SIPOC. SIPOC, pronounced sy-pok, is an acronym that stands for Suppliers-Inputs-Process-Outputs-Controls. The SIPOC is a powerful companion to a [more…]

How to Create a VSM for a Six Sigma Initiative

Originating from Japanese manufacturing, another format of process mapping has its advantages for a Six Sigma Initiative. It’s called a value stream map and often is abbreviated simply as VSM. A properly [more…]

When Paper and Pen Beats a Computer for Six Sigma Applications

Most people use computers to do their work, and Six Sigma is naturally computational and collaborative, so manual tools have limited use. But with all the computer programs available — and the need for [more…]

How to Apply General Purpose Computer Programs as Six Sigma Tools

The suite of general-purpose programs that come standard on most computers includes word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawing. These can be useful for Six Sigma purposes and generally come [more…]

Process Intelligence Tools for Six Sigma

Most of the time, your Six Sigma project is charged with improving an existing process. This is made much easier with process intelligence tools. You’re not beginning with a blank page; your work is based [more…]

Statistical Analysis Tools for Six Sigma

The number one tool in the Six Sigma practitioner’s belt is the statistical analysis package. It’s the single most-used tool, and it’s critical to advancing the Six Sigma project from the M [more…]

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