An introduction to eight apps, designed to serve as resources for Lean Six Sigma practitioners, available on Apple’s iTunes App Store.

In the last few years, the convenience of Internet-equipped handheld devices has brought the world to people’s fingertips, from buying music to finding restaurants and even learning about and practicing Lean Six Sigma. Presented here are eight mobile device applications, or apps, available on Apple’s iTunes App Store, designed to serve as resources for Lean Six Sigma practitioners. These apps can be downloaded to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, from which users can access them.

This guide was first published in the May/June 2010 issue of iSixSigma Magazine.

Reference Guides

Name: iGuides – Basics of Six Sigma 1.0
Seller: Arctic Gerbil
Available since: Dec. 16, 2009
Price: $2.99
Size: 0.3 MB
About: Designed for beginners, this app provides an introduction to Six Sigma, including the history, purpose, and overview of the methodology and its components.

Name: Go Lean 1.0
Seller: PointAbout Inc.
Available since: Feb. 3, 2010
Price: Free
Size: 1.4 MB
About: This app provides access to articles, videos, press releases and a glossary of terms related to Lean.

Name: Six Sigma 2.0
Seller: J.P.E. Consulting LLC
Updated: Dec. 23, 2009
Price: $4.99
Size: 1.0 MB
About: Presenting an overview of the Six Sigma methodology, this app includes a summary of the DMAIC phases and short synopses of tools.


Name: ProStats 1.22
Seller: Software Engineering Inc.
Updated: March 9, 2010
Price: $2.99
Size: 1.5 MB
About: This app allows users to perform statistical tasks such as run non-parametric tests (e.g., Mann-Whitney, one-way ANOVA and chi-square); conduct regression analysis; create histograms and box plots; and calculate sample size, standard deviation and p-values.

Name: Six Sigma Process Aid 1.2
Seller: Mobidea Ltd.
Updated: Jan. 30, 2010
Price: Free
Size: 0.3 MB
About: In addition to providing tools, such as a sigma-level calculator and histogram generator, this app also connects users to Wikipedia definitions of statistical methods.

Name: SigmaCalc – Six Sigma Process Calculator 1.1
Seller: Web X.0 Media LLC
Updated: March 4, 2010
Price: $0.99
Size: 0.1 MB
About: This app can be used to calculate the sigma level of processes in manufacturing, transactional or service sectors. It also includes definitions of the input and output variables used in the calculation.

Name: Sigmalator: The Six Sigma Value Calculator 1.0
Seller: TayDan Enterprises LLP
Available since: Aug. 1, 2009
Price: $0.99
Size: 0.0 MB
About: This app calculates the sigma level of a process using the number of defects per million opportunities and the 1.5 sigma shift.

Name: TaktCalc 1.0
Seller: John James
Available since: July 26, 2009
Price: $4.99
Size: 0.3 MB
About: Designed to be used on the shop floor, this app helps practitioners calculate takt time and kanban sizes, in implementing Lean.

About the guide: Details about the applications were accessed from the Apple iTunes App Store by iSixSigma Magazine editorial staff; the editors have not reviewed any of the applications and do not endorse any particular products. Prices and availability current as of March 15, 2010.

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