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  • #40354

    AB
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    Folks
    We all recognize the need for establishing a standard for practice of six sigma. This post is an attempt to initiate a high level discussion around what would it take to build a practice standard and a governing body for practice of six sigma. (if it has already happened before, please enlighten me)
    The inspiration for this post comes from seeing various posts that highlight for the need for such a standard and my experience with other organizations that have been created precisely for providing leadership and governance to the evolution of a body of knowledge. I am referring to the Project Management Institute, the Software Engineering Institute, IT Service Management Forum, etc. All these organizations evolved from a similar situation where establishing a professional standard of practice was seen as necessary by professionals already practising and not happy with the proliferation of unregulated, self-proclaimed experts who merely devalue the credibility of a profession.
    One request is to make this exercise as positive as possible. In other words, please do not criticize another person’s point of view. Instead create your own response to this original post.
    I am very serious about this as I feel that our professional recognition is somewhat endangered by a few unscrupulous practitioners. I recognize that we cannot achieve it entirely on this forum but I am hoping we can gather sufficient momentum to get something rolling here.
    Thanks

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    #125020

    AB
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    To initiate the discussion, I would like to invite responses to the following question:
    “What should be key elements of the charter for a proposed body that is reponsible for governing and evolving the practice standards for practice of six sigma?”

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    #125021

    Mikel
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    Key element #1 – we should only let people who know the difference between simple math and opinion participate.

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    #125023

    AB
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    Everyone – Just to reset the bar (since Stan has set it too low here) I would like to provide some more guidance:
    The key elements of a charter could include the following:
    A. The backdrop
    B. Why is governance/standardization important?
    C. What will the body do and not do?
    D. What will be the mission of the body?
    I know that Stan is continuing a previous conversation but I am really serious… and so should you all of the six sigma professionals that believe there are too many junkies out there.
    This is an opportunity for you to make a difference and I really believe you have the knowledge and willingness to make a difference. Please contribute.
    Thanks again.

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    #125024

    ABC
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    First of all, a governing body can not be created in dark, anonymously. You should introduce yourself who you are, and why you are interested in it. Are you going to form the body, or you are interested in we helping you achieve your goals. Or, you are identifying a need.
    ABC

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    #125026

    Mike Carnell
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    AB,
    I do not see this happening. We have seen a lot of people rolling through this industry trying to convince the world that they are the only enlightened ones and they will show us the true path the that big Rolled throughput in the sky. There has not been anyone at this point who has taken this on without working their own agenda in the background that is driven primarily by profit motive.
    There may be one going on now but it already seems to be headed down a wrong path.
    There was one organization that poped up in the late 90’s that could have taken the roll but to participate you signed away your rights to the intellectual property. The next thing you know they are your competitors in consulting and certification. Nobody buys into that type of a deal.
    Then  you gets these guys like the IQF President that logs on here and threatens people with litigation if he isn’t allowed to parade around in front of customers as the international standard for Six Sigma. This industry has seen enough of guys like that.
    Look at that woman that moved into BOA. Her claim to fame is she has some type of curriculum development credential. Now she is paraded around as the light and the way after she ran off people in the organization that actually gave it some credibility. The pathetic part is she will be keynoting conferences before long and someone new and looking to get started in Six Sigma will actually thing she knows something other than how to take a program with a decent start apart.
    Just my opinion.
    Good luck

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    #125035

    Mikel
    Member

    This bar is to low? – “Key element #1 – we should only let people who know the difference between simple math and opinion participate.”
    You cannot clear even this bar, so I assume you have just dropped out of the discussion.

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    #125043

    Go Stealers
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    Mike Carnell,
    I have been silently reading threads on this Forum for a few years and for what ever it is worth, I respect and enjoy reading your feedback.  You add alot of value to this forum for a lot of folks in a non-contact sport way.
    Good Job!

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    #125071

    AB
    Participant

    ABC
    Thanks for your response. All the questions you have asked are very valid. Let me try to answer them:
    Firstly, I am not a six sigma consultant. I learnt and practised six sigma at GE and then at another large pharmaceutical company within the management consulting industry. I advise companies on creation and maturation of Project Management Offices. I am an ASQ certified Six sigma black belt. Six Sigma for me, is more a set of tools from which I pick and choose in order to solve a given business problem. So that’s my background.
    My motivation for this posting was spontaneous. I have seen at least a few different posts each week complaining about lack of a standard. So I initiated the post to see if I can translate my knowledge of development of project management standards by the Project Management institute into a governance structure for the six sigma professionals.
    My interest in the development of a structure?… I am not sure why I am doing this. I visit isixsigma from time to time to get a pulse on what’s new, what’s changed, and I do not make a living out of practising six sigma so my interest is really to take up the challenge of creating an organization that helps the industry. I have seen the popularity of Project Management rise exponentially after PMI standards and certification were established. It has also created a commonly accepted body of knowledge that most organizations today value and use as a baseline. Most importantly, PMI has been responsible for reaching out to organizations and promoting the use of Project Management. I think such a governance body for the six sigma professionals will help the industry as well as qualified professionals.
    Would I create the body? I am not sure. I guess the approach would be to see what inputs we can gather for a charter and then if we have something tangible, ask the question of who would be best positioned to deliver on different activities.
    I am hoping I have gained your buy-in. If you have additional questions, please let me know.
    Thanks
    AB
     

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    #125072

    AB
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    Mike
    Thanks for the detailed posting. Without doubt there could be vested interests in this exercise of creating a governance body. The difficulty of this exercise cannot be undermined. That said, I think giving up on trying to do something like this just translates into accepting status quo. I think the biggest loser is the industry because for all knowledge advancement, beyond a certain scale, you need a sponsoring organization. I have a lot of experience with the Project Management Institute and believe me after many such issues, allegations, vested interests, today PMI has a body of knowledge and a certification that most, if not all, organizations use as a benchmark.
    To contain vested interests, one of the instruments available would be to create a board of directors who can be representatives from various organizations that have a position of intellectual leadership. Some key positions can be made full time in order to prevent a conflict of interest.
    What I believe is that it is the right thing to do and there are ways to make it happen. I also believe that the members of this forum are absolutely the right audience to help shape the organization. We may fail but we must try.
    I hope to have your support.
    Thanks
    AB

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