Monday, April 26, 2010

What is Six Sigma

The Six Sigma methods
The origins of many Six Sigma principles derived from the teachings of influential thinkers such as W. Edwards Deming Quality and Joseph Juran. In some companies belong together quality and Six Sigma. Unlike other quality programs, Six Sigma strives for quality not only for the sake of quality; Six Sigma aims only to provide quality, if that value to the customer and the company increases.
The systematic five-phase model is to improve processes. The removal of key sources of error will cause results to improve substantially and provides the conditions to improve whole systems, and thus increase the profitability of organizations.

The five phases of Six Sigma improvement process, short-cycle called DMAIC.
  • Define    : What is the problem?
  • Measure  : How can we measure the impact?
  • Analyze   : What is the core causes of the problem?
  • Improve  : How to eliminate the problem?
  • Control  : As the long-term solution is anchored in the organization?
This method is derived from the classic PDCA (Plan / Do / Check / Act) by W. Deming.
Based on this method are numerous tools (the 7x7-Toolbox) to help identify problems in existing processes and documenting processes to make measurable and analysis.

Benefits of Six Sigma:
  1. Achieve growth and stock markets in fast-paced, but in ongoing innovation and change in the organization can be achieved. Six Sigma provides the basis for a new culture and a constant renewal, which is called "closed loop".
  2. Six Sigma is for any performance targets. Each department, each division and employee has different ideas and objectives. Six sigma uses this basis, processes and customers to create a self-contained target bundle. Anyone who understands his customer needs to evaluate its performance compared to the performance "perfect" Six Sigma objective of 99.9997 percent.
  3. Only good or error-free products as well as traditional company can guarantee at the present time no lasting success. Six Sigma means to live out what customers have expectations and ideas, and then plan how they are to perform efficiently and economically.
  4. In the 90's was the first time the idea of learning organization, a concept that many like it but difficult to implement is. The methodology of Six Sigma is here an approach that may enhance the development and dissemination of new ideas within an organization.

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