According to a vintage Mikel Harry Video tape recorded around 1995, a plant manager in Utah once told him that the tools “Were kicking the heck out of variation” in production. The Japanese martial arts metaphor then surfaced in their conversation, and the idea apparently appealed to someone.
Speaking as an ASQ Certified Black Belt, I think it is shame that some of the the best tools applied science has to offer have been packaged using personal combat metaphors. As a consultant who has led, and is leading, Six Sigma initiatives, I can tell you many, many clients tell me,”We don’t want anything to do with Six Sigma jargon.”
Since the knowledge tools have been around for more than 80 years, I am sure they will survive quite nicely after this packaging wears thin.
As a recently certified ASQ Six Sigma Certified Black Belt with 12 years of experience I can testify to the amount of useless minutia in the ASQ CSSBB exam. On the other hand, I also know that it takes time, at least 5-6 months to “master” the tools and produce a 250K to 500K result.Anyone who recommends Minitab is asleep in the 90s. JMP is the tool of choice. Those are my thoughts. [Post edited by iSixSigma because it violated Forum policies on promoting products or services.]Good luck to you.