The DMAIC Method of Six Sigma

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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.

  1. Define: Set the context and objectives for your improvement project.

  2. Measure: Determine the baseline performance and capability of the process or system you’re improving.

  3. Analyze: Use data and tools to understand the cause-and-effect relationships in your process or system.

  4. Improve: Develop the modifications that lead to a validated improvement in your process or system.

  5. Control: Establish plans and procedures to ensure that your improvements are sustained.

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