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Six Sigma is a method that provides organizations tools to improve the capability of their business processes. This increase in performance and decrease in process variation helps lead to defect reduction and improvement in profits, employee morale, and quality of products or services. Sigma represents the population standard deviation, which is a measure of the variation in a data set collected about the process. If a defect is defined by specification limits separating good from bad outcomes of a process, then a six sigma process has a process mean (average) that is six standard deviations from the nearest specification limit. This provides enough buffer between the process natural variation and the specification limits.
Six Sigma can improve new or existing processes using its defined methodology.
DMAIC – This method improves existing processes. The acronym stands for the stages of define, measure, analyze, improve and control. It requires teams to look objectively at problems and use fact-based statistical analysis to find ways to improve them.
DMADV – This acronym stands for define, measure, analyze, design and verify. It is used to develop a new product or service or to redesign a process that has reached its limits. This model forces project teams to identify and translate customer needs into a product or service that satisfies the customer.
Six Sigma gives organizations seeking continuous quality improvement an objective method to diagnose problems, a system to organize employee efforts and an improvement methodology that can be applied to new or existing processes. Six Sigma is important as it will help organizations in several ways like:
Mapping or flowcharting of processes
Elimination of variation and waste
Room for continuous improvement
- Determine core procedure and target customers
- Identify the requirements of the customers
- Evaluate the current performance
- Analyze, prioritize, and implement development
- Develop and incorporate the Six Sigma structure
Tools we use to Help you Drive Change
- Value-Stream Mapping
- Cause-and-Effect Analysis
- The 5 Whys
- Kanban System
- Pareto Chart
- Process Mapping
- Project Charter
- RACI Matrix