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Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)

(Human) Resource Planning Is a Key for DFSS Projects

While a DFSS project can fail for many reasons, successful project execution often depends on adequate and timely management of human resources.

Better Project Management Performance with Six Sigma

By applying Lean Six Sigma in a multi-generational model, a strong project management process can be developed. The DMEDI framework can help.

Connections Between Design for Six Sigma and CMMI

The connection between CMMI and DFSS is strongest in the process areas of the engineering process category of CMMI.

Creating a Recruiting Process: DFSS for Process Design

A pharmaceutical company applied selected DFSS tools to develop a new process for recruiting sales representatives using the IDOV (Identify, Design, Optimize, Verify) roadmap.

Design for Six Sigma – IDOV Methodology

IDOV is one popular methodology for designing products and services to meet Six Sigma standards.

Design For Six Sigma (DFSS) Versus DMAIC

Troubled with the acronyms of Six Sigma? We'll help you figure out new product design (DFSS) from existing process improvement (DMAIC).

Design For Six Sigma Roadmap

Building a DFSS roadmap for the development of products is shown through the sequential use of tools for the development of robust products.

Designing Financial Services with DMEDI

The basic Six Sigma toolkit does not provide the rigor needed to invent a new product or service (or completely overhaul an existing process) - DMEDI does.

DFSS as an Enabler of Service-Oriented Architecture

By incorporating the DFSS methodology with service-oriented architecture initiatives, SOA can fulfill its promise of transforming the IT assets of a business.

DFSS Helps Mask a Bitter Taste

In this case study, pharmaceutical developers use the DFSS methodolgy to find the best formula for masking the bitter taste of a drug's active ingredient.

DFSS Meets Agile Development – Friend or Foe?

Conflict seems likely, but with some flexibility in viewpoints, DFSS and Agile share enough to be worth looking for synergy and common ground.

DFSS Study: Develop Software to Track Drug Side Effects

In association with the launch of a new drug, DFSS was used to develop a new pharmacovigilance system to capture and analyze observed drug side effects.

DFSS Technology Tips

Tips for new technology implementations include involving champions, modifying culture, performing a gap analysis, involving employees, and eliminating process exceptions.

DMAIC and DFSS Roadmaps: How to Connect and Integrate?

Making a single DMAIC-DFSS roadmap elicits numerous coexistence and integration questions. Nonetheless, a combined core roadmap is possible.


DMAIC and DMADV are two Six Sigma methodologies that eliminate defects from a process or product; learn about them and when it is most appropriate to use each.

Doing Some Software Six Sigma and Agile ‘Mythbusting’

In serious software discussions, some ideas about Six Sigma that are being accepted as truths are a bit out of step with the latest facts and experience.

Implementing Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) in Europe

Sets of questions offer help for implementing Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) if working on the development of new products, services or design of new processes in European companies.

Importance of the Validate Phase in a Design Project

As important as the initial phases of the IDOV process are, the last step – the Validate phase – is critical to the long-term success of the project.

Process Model Improves Wound Care Turnaround Time

When turnaround time analysis revealed that the treatment of patients with simple lacerations took an average of more than two hours, the process was analyzed and streamlined.

Product Development: Orchestrating a Better Vision

Many similarities exist between an orchestra and the product development process and can facilitate understanding product development, DFSS and coaching project teams.

Promises of Brand Strategy and Design for Six Sigma

Design for Six Sigma can help a company consistently deliver the products, services and experiences it promises so that both the customers and the business benefit.

Six Sigma Drives Design Efficiencies at Black and Veatch

Beginning in 2003, Black & Veatch established Six Sigma to unify and control change in its processes. In its fifth year, Six Sigma was used to optimize design processes by linking design efficiency metrics to total installed costs.

Taking Advantage of Computer-Based Analysis for DFSS

Product and process complexity and fast-paced marketing schedules demand that DFSS takes advantage of computer analysis - computer-based DFSS.

Tapping Voice of the Lead User for Design for Six Sigma

If lead users (those who have strong needs before average consumers) can be identified, it would be invaluable in implementing DFSS and filling needs upon demand.

To Use DMEDI or to Use DMAIC? That Is the Question

A business can use a process to decide when another process will benefit from improvement (DMAIC) versus one that offers a new design (DMEDI).

Using DFLSS to Evaluate a New Loan Referral Process

A bank saves resources by evaluating the feasibility of an idea early on, using Design for Lean Six Sigma (DFLSS).

Using DFSS to Improve Offshore Outsourcing Efficiency

Using Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is one way that software organizations can make better decisions about how, when and how much to deploy offshore.

What Is DFSS?

Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), or the Six Sigma DMADV process (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify), is an improvement system used to develop new processes or products at Six Sigma quality levels.

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