Thinking of starting a Six Sigma initiative in 2006? For any adventure, the first few steps can set the mood for the rest of the journey.
The same is true for a Six Sigma deployment, in which thoughtful planning can make the difference between respectable returns or a quality quagmire. This iSixSigma Magazine survey explored the ins and outs of starting up a Six Sigma initiative and sought to identify the elements that contribute to a program’s success during the first two years.
Those companies that will begin an initiative next year will find in this study baseline data to consider in deployment planning, and those well into their Six Sigma initiative can compare their deployment to the findings here.
- 1,191: Number of total survey respondents
- 52: Percent of respondents who reported that their company invested less than $500K in Six Sigma the first two years
- 47: Percent of respondents who said between 1 and 10 projects were completed during the first two years of their company’s Six Sigma deployment
- 31: Percent of respondents who reported that employees internally promoted to Six Sigma roles were the ones to initially drive their company’s program
- 20: Percent of respondents who said the most challenging aspect of their Six Sigma deployment the first two years was selecting the right projects
- 58: Percent of respondents who reported that executive compensation at their company was not tied to reaching Six Sigma goals
- 61: Percent of respondents from companies with highly successful-rated Six Sigma programs who reported that executive compensation was tied to Six Sigma
- 42: Percent of respondents who reported that “tangible commitment from company executives” was the most important criterion of a successful Six Sigma program
- 1.3: Percent of respondents who reported that their company deployed Six Sigma enterprise wide and said the deployment was highly unsuccessful
- 17: Percent of respondents who said Six Sigma was brought to their organization by a former GE executive
- 39: Percent of respondents who said the initial motivation that led their organization to investigate Six Sigma was “as a way to improve the quality of existing products/services”