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(Human) Resource Planning Is a Key for DFSS Projects

While several factors can drive the success or failure of a Six Sigma project, experienced project managers cite resource planning or allocation of resources as the greatest driver of success for larger projects. All three types of resources – materials, technology and people – must be used effectively. In particular, human resource management plays a…

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Quick, Quality Decision-Making Using Six Sigma Tools

A significant part of business success can come from the speed and quality of decision-making. Such good decision-making leads to performance improvements by reducing rework and driving benefits to the bottom line faster. Six Sigma, especially Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), has tools that improve the speed and quality of decisions. A morphological matrix will…

Importance of the Validate Phase in a Design Project

A Six Sigma team is at the V-point of an IDOV project. While it seems most of the hard work has been done, this is not a time to let down. The team is at another critical stage. The Design for Six Sigma project has followed a IDOV roadmap that includes the Identify, Design, Optimize…

Green Belt Mentoring: Re-Draw Dotted Line to Black Belts

Somewhere within the Six Sigma brother/sisterhood are the unwritten rules of hierarchy: Grandmaster Black Belts mentor Master Black Belts, Master Black Belts mentor Black Belts and Black Belts mentor Green Belts. It is a great example of a traditional pyramidal reporting structure. However, within this hierarchy lies a hidden factory of defects. Six Sigma deployments…

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