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What Is Six Sigma?

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Six Sigma at many organizations simply means a measure of quality that strives for near perfection. Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects (driving toward six standard deviations between the mean and the nearest specification limit) in any process — from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service.

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Continuous Improvement

Institutionalizing Continuous Improvement

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All over every industry there is a graveyard of deployments that began with all the right factors. Why is that?

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Best of iSixSigma: 2020

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The best of iSixSigma 2020 features the highlights of this year’s content – those best loved by our readers.

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Best of iSixSigma 2019

Best of iSixSigma: 2019

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The best of iSixSigma 2019 features the highlights of this year’s content – those best loved by our readers.

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Best of iSixSigma: 2018

Best of iSixSigma: 2018

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The best of iSixSigma 2018 features the highlights of this year’s content – those best loved by our readers.

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Best of iSixSigma: 2017

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The best of iSixSigma 2017 features the highlights of this year’s content – as determined by our readers. U.S.A.F. Uses Continuous Process Improvement on the B-2 Bomber: Part 1 In this case study, the 509th Maintenance Group of the U.S. Air Force used an eight-step continuous process improvement approach to balance its resources and meet […]

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Developing Key Performance Indicators

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Key performance indicators (KPIs) are critical to ensuring a project team has the performance data it needs to sustain improvements. With KPIs, a team can evaluate the success of a project against its established goals. Types of Metrics There are two types of metrics to consider when selecting KPIs for a project: outcome metrics and […]

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Best of iSixSigma: 2016

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The best of iSixSigma 2016 features the highlights of this year’s content – as determined by our readers. Avoid Two Common Mistakes in Measurement System Analysis Learn two of the common mistakes made during measurement system analysis and how to avoid them. Run Charts: A Simple and Powerful Tool for Process Improvement Among other benefits, […]

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Best of iSixSigma: 2015

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The best of iSixSigma 2015 features the highlights of this year’s content – as determined by our readers. An Affinity for Organized Thinking: A Diagram With Many Uses The humble affinity diagram can organize output from brainstorming, sort out overwhelming observations about a process, and inspire participation from a group. Process Documentation – A Modern […]

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Process Documentation – A Modern Approach

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Every organization aspires to grow with time. The most common hurdle faced by an organization in the path of scalability is the absence of proper processes and systems. To overcome this, an organization needs to adopt a standard approach to business process creation and documentation. All business processes should be documented in a systematic way […]

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Best of iSixSigma: 2014

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The best of iSixSigma 2014 features the highlights of this year’s content – as determined by our readers. Most Popular Build a Visual Dashboard in 10 Steps The Lean Six Sigma team at Ball Corporation began an initiative to develop visual signs on plant floors that would depict the health of the company and point […]

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Best of iSixSigma: 2013

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The best of iSixSigma 2013 features the highlights of this year’s content – as determined by our readers. Most Popular Five Simple Steps to Project Certification Success For many organizations, Lean Six Sigma certification requires a Green Belt or Black Belt to present and defend their project to a panel of experts. Whether you are […]

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Best of iSixSigma: 2012

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The best of iSixSigma 2012 features the highlights of this year’s content – as determined by our readers. Most Popular A Plan for a Five-day Kaizen Grabbing Hold of the GRPI Model Optimize Attribute Responses Using Design of Experiments Using the R-Squared Statistic in ANOVA and General Linear Models Most Comments How to Develop a Lean Six […]

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The Importance of Implementing Effective Metrics

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When a company promises and delivers on quality, there is a good chance that customer satisfaction and retention will be high. But paving the road to success depends on companies being well-informed about their own business. They achieve that knowledge by developing and utilizing effective metrics. Why Do We Need Metrics? Metrics are used to […]

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Harvest Value in Transactional Processes with Lean Six Sigma

Harvesting Value in Transactional Processes with Lean Six Sigma

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While transactional processes might require a different approach, the Lean Six Sigma tools you use are the same. Follow this sequence of five tools to begin fixing your invisible problems before they reach your customers.

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Sigma Performance Levels – One to Six Sigma

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When learning about Six Sigma, it may help to consider these charts, which detail how sigma level relates to defects per million opportunities (DPMO), and some real-world examples. Sigma Performance Table Sigma Performance Levels – One to Six Sigma Sigma Level Defects (or Errors) Per Million Opportunities (DPMO) Yield (or Produced or Delivered) Correctly (%) […]

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Why Choose Six Sigma Over Kaizen?

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Message: 8897 Posted by: Carlos Castillo Posted on: Tuesday, 29th January 2002 What are the benefits of choosing 6sigma over Kaizen, 6 sigma seems a great deal more expensive and more bureucratic. I have obtained great gains from Kiazen with minimal investment. Message: 8899 Posted by: mn Posted on: Tuesday, 29th January 2002 ——————————————————————————– I […]

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Six Sigma Versus Lean

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Message: 16306 Posted by: Eric Posted on: Thursday, 25th July 2002 My company is actively deploying Lean Mfg principles. To this point, we have not been heavily involved with Six Sigma. Although recently our Customers have heightened our awareness of Six Sigma by asking/ requiring us to participate in their Six Sigma efforts – including […]

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Six Sigma Versus TQM

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Message: 15934 Posted by: Tim Posted on: Wednesday, 17th July 2002 ——————————————————————————– Hi, I am writing my thesis about Six Sigma and try to compare TQM and Six Sigma. Actually there are differences but does anyone know how to define TQM exactly. Can I use Deming for this comparison? Does it make sence to point […]

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Six Sigma DMAIC Quick Reference

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The DMAIC methodology should be used when a product or process is in existence at your company but is not meeting customer specification or is not performing adequately. For DMAIC milestone reviews, there are certain deliverables, checkpoints, questions and concerns that the Black Belt and improvement team should be aware of prior to a tollgate/milestone […]

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An Introduction to ISO 9000, 9001, 9002, ISO 9000:2000

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As geographic barriers between countries deteriorate with the continued evolution of the Internet, ISO 9000 may be one of the largest differentiators between you and your competitors. Already, ISO 9000 plays a key role in winning new customers, maintaining satisfied current customers, accessing foreign countries and dealing with the government. What is ISO 9000, 9001, […]

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Should You Calculate Your Process Sigma?

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Practitioners must learn when and how to calculate the sigma level of a process. Many people hear about the Six Sigma quality methodology and immediately want to calculate their own process sigma to determine how close (or far) they are from six sigma. My immediate response to them is twofold: Are you currently measuring your […]

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101 Things a Green Belt Should Know

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Green Belts are employees of an organization who have been trained on the Six Sigma improvement methodology and will lead a process improvement team as part of their full-time job. While Green Belts do not need to know as much as Black Belts or Master Black Belts, there are many things a Green Belt should […]

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Six Sigma for Small- and Medium-sized Businesses

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One of the more familiar dilemmas in business today is how to implement Six Sigma in small and medium-sized companies. This is a serious issue because larger companies are beginning to mandate Six Sigma to their supply base as a condition of doing future business. The problem arises when small and mid-sized organizations solicit deployment […]

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