Nayism 38: Six Sigma doesn’t work. Just look at the Fortune 500 . . . yada . . . yada . . . yada. . . blah . . . blah . . blah

After reading yet another Six Sigma bashing news article, I find it interesting that intelligent people are publishing the kind of gibberish that naysayers all over the world have been dreaming of. But after all the naying and blah, blah, blah, exactly what about Six Sigma won’t work? Here’s what I say. . .

Let’s see, define the problem, measure it, analyze data to develop solutions, improve the process and make sure the improvement sticks. Sounds like a good approach to me. Maybe it’s the execution. Selecting a project that supports corporate objectives, using a cross-functional team made up of process experts and gathering input from the customer. Nope – no issues here. Right then, maybe it’s the data driven decision-making or the methodology’s ability to fix long standing problems. No – not a problem either.

So what are all these naysayers complaining about and exactly what about Six Sigma doesn’t work? Is there any substance or reality to their concerns or are they just the “Captain Hook” in a bad rendition of “Adventures in Sigmaland.” Maybe these naysayers just need a mommy.

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