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    Hello James, digitalman,Thank you for your information. Please let me think out loud to share my thoughts with you. I welcome your feedback.
    The first thing I would suggest is to get rid of the mind-blocking terms, like “digital”, “analog”, “PCB”, “FPGA”, “code review”, “correlations” and similar. The reason is that our creative mind locks eagerly on those specific terms and their associated burned-in imaginations – which is an effective way to stop any kind of progress in reach. (I know this effect very well from my last search where the object was just in front of me or just to my right, and it took me days to find out, because it was so obvious to turn left for the search. Or the last time I searched a book in my private library.)
    Instead I would suggest to use generic terms, like a “product”, or a “requested result”, a “thingy” or similar. Instead I would suggest to take a helicopter view. Let’s climb …… and ask ourselves: “assume we can have everything under the sun (and beyond): if so, what would be the ideal process here?”
    I can’t give the answer, only you can. Perhaps the most ideal situation would be: “it costs 0 $ to generate the thingy, it takes 0 hours and the receiver can just use the thingy right away.”I would suggest to rethink this provocative Ideal Final Result carefully: don’t accept too little. I would suggest: Don’t hinder yourself by historical hurdles, things unimaginable, or defects which have been around ever since. I would suggest to abandon thinking of defects during this helicopter trip entirely. Instead, I would suggest, to shape out, to reveal, to pinpoint the purpose, the very best this process can produce, the reason why it’s there. It serves an ultimate purpose (in society and economy) and this purpose is …… (your words here).
    After a while it’s time for a landing.Things appear different down to earth, here. But we’ve seen the horizon: “It’s there, into that direction, and it’s just 10 miles to go …” (This I would expect hear you saying now).Down to earth.digitalman, you ask for clear, immediate benefit. I can think of two extremes. A) your process differs from the Ideal Final Process we’ve just witnessed above: then the next 6 sigma steps should be clear enough and the bottom line contribution might be estimated. B) your process is already quite close to the ideal and it’s time to take the next step. [Cost by the way is a critical issue: waste has to be reduced, investment has to be made as it generates results.]What can be the next step?There are many characteristics well managed businesses exhibit. One is: market position – there are more. The right market position helps to bring in the right customers, which result in a nice financial situation.Market position is more than a share (which needs to be defined [e.g by region, by customer, by delivery channels or similar ?]). What are the shares of substituting products, i.e. same products from competitors, or different products which serve the same purpose for your customers? Which substitutions can become available tomorrow? What is the perceived quality level of what you do today and what is the perceived customer benefit today? What should it be?These kind of considerations are outward-looking to give inward-focus.
    These kind of considerations are strategic considerations. They help you to shape the future of your business by looking ahead, rather than being punished by market responses (which just react on past decisions, i.e. react far too late).And it’s at least one order of magnitude beyond the pure defect-oriented perception of your situation. Of course, I think, defects now can be defined here as well, and business process can be adjusted and improved: on a more important level, I suppose.
    Having thought all this what would I suggest?I would suggest: backtrack a route now, from the horizon, from the rational market position you should be in, backwards to the problems to be solved first (e.g. by 6 sigma), backwards to the few vital DMAICs or DMADVs to do to first steps out towards the horizon.Then, I would expect hardly any problem in defining the appropriate metrics and the appropriate parametrics – and the time frames and the benefits and … . At least you will know, why, how and how much you should reshape your FPGA-business, your PCB-business etc.
    Do my thoughts help you? Please let me know.
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    #139509

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    Hi digitalman,
    May I ask you: what kind of digital hardware do your engineers/colleagues design? Can you please give examples? Where do you see limitations in parametric data and why? Why do you (or your environment) think “Six Sigma is hard to apply for us” ?
    I admit the digital-view tends to hide opportunities. So I’d like to understand your specific situation better, if that’s possible in the public.

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    #64142

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    Hi Rob,
    Can you please give some background about your question? I wonder what your focus is: speed or innovation? If it’s innovation: what do you want to innovate? Your development process? Your products?
    Please let me know.

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    #64141

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    Hello Sumant,You’ve got mail, hopefully ;-)

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    #64140

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    Hello Sumant,
    Thank you for your reply, interest and trust. I will contact you later today. I’m looking forward to discuss in more detail with you.
    Kind regards

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    #130712

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    Hello Sumant,Thank you for your reply, interest and trust. I will contact you later today. I’m looking forward to discuss in more detail with you.Kind regards>This thread has been moved to the IT/Software discussion forum. Please click here to continue the discussion.

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    #64138

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    Hello Sumant,
    I used OA’s during software development many times. I helped a friend in India to apply OA’s in his test environment. Like some others here I’m an eager advocate of Dr. Taguchi’s parameter design to improve products and processes quickly (parameter design made OA’s widely known). My conclusion: software development and software testing have a different beat and there are better approaches to obtain breathtaking results quickly and reliably.
    On one hand there still are situations to benefit from using OA’s during the SW-design cycle. On the other hand posting those in this forum may not be the best way to share it.
    Sumant, may I ask you a critical question? Is your management willing to spend on me, so that you can add value quickly to your company’s products? I’d be happy to do so.
    Hope to hear from you soon.

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    #130709

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    Hello Sumant,I used OA’s during software development many times. I helped a friend in India to apply OA’s in his test environment. Like some others here I’m an eager advocate of Dr. Taguchi’s parameter design to improve products and processes quickly (parameter design made OA’s widely known). My conclusion: software development and software testing have a different beat and there are better approaches to obtain breathtaking results quickly and reliably.On one hand there still are situations to benefit from using OA’s during the SW-design cycle. On the other hand posting those in this forum may not be the best way to share it.Sumant, may I ask you a critical question? Is your management willing to spend on me, so that you can add value quickly to your company’s products? I’d be happy to do so.Hope to hear from you soon.This thread has been moved to the IT/Software discussion forum. Please click here to continue the discussion.

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    #130638

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    Hello Seema, there are many opportunities to apply Six Sigma and its relatives to IC chipset business. Is your management willing to spend on me? If so, please post a reply to this post, best with your or your bosses email addresses for a first contact. Hope to talk to you soon.

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