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    Hans van Eeuwen
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    On this moment I’m trying to complete my thesis about what the diferrences are between Business Process reengineering and Six Sigma in the way which they coordinate changes in organisations. I see many similarities, but also some differences. Has anybody already had thoughts about what the differences and similarities are between these two changemanagement methodologies?
    (PS: I’m a Student of the university of Amsterdam)

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    #78859

    Crosby
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    Hans,
    Have you looked at the “New To Six Sigma?” page? It lists the differences between SS and TQM, Lean, etc. It doesn’t list BPR specifically, but isn’t BPR just a general name for TQM, Lean, etc.?
    Crosby

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    ramblinwreck
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    Hello Hans,
    Business Process Reengineering and Six Sigma are only similiar in the end result, when you are changing processes.
    The main purpose of Six Sigma is to develope a culture within the Organization to Eliminate Waste and Reduce Variation in EVERYTHING.
    Six Sigma not only looks at Processes it also looks at Design( DFSS) and creating new processes (DMAVD) aswell as improving existing processes (DMAIC).  
    Six Sigma is meant to involve people in the change, so they are not threatened by it, but rather helping to lead it throughout the organization.
    Both Systems take Commitment from top Management.
    Buisness Process Reenginering is usually Buisness speak for reducing people and overhead costs, and therefore somewhat threatening to the workforce at large. It is not meant to be that in theory, but in practice that is what it has become.
    Good luck with your paper, I am sure you have read Micheal Hammers work on Reengineering and hope you have access to some good books on Six Sigma so you can get a feel for  what the entire program offers.
    Remeber Black Belts are just people who are given a special tool box  and training to help the organization implement the cultural shift by working on and completing projects. They act as mentors to those who need help to understand the data they are gathering and how it can be displayed and used to tell the story better
     
    Hope this helps,
    Ramblinwreck
     

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    #79023

    Hans van Eeuwen
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    Hello Ramblin,
    I’d like to thank you for your reaction. Yes, I’ve read the work of Hammer & Champy. The thing you said was what I already thought it would be: Six Sigma is more a change of culture of the organisation, with Double loop learning and the urge to improve the processes over and over again. BPR is more about reengineering the processes (once), and Six Sigma about adjusting the processes (continuosly). The Six Sigma trainingbooks (of Psydek) mention the reengineering of processes (DMADV) but that’s not the important part of the book.
    I use this page a lot for new insights of Six Sigma, because it gives the possibility to hear new info about Six Sigma, both theoretical and practical. What is your relationship with Six Sigma? Black belt?
    If you have any tips about new articles, I hope to hear from you.
    Greetings from Holland,
    Hans van Eeuwen
     
     

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