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Does anyone know of some resources reporting measurable success of DFSS or similar methodology?

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    Carroll
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    Hi folks, I am new to this board. I have searched the ‘net for a very long time to find the answer to a simple question: What is the value of Design for Six Sigma and related methodologies? I am not interested in academic articles, sales pitches or feel-good posts about how “it is the right thing to do.” I have a lot of experience in the area, and already know its value from lots of anecdotal feedback.

    If anyone has information about actual tangible metrics and data showing how effective DFSS (or analagous methods) has been for companies, I would appreciate being pointed in the right direction. Time to market improvement or effect on revenue are examples of what I seek. Thanks!!

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    #190757

    Mikel
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    there are absolutely no examples of success

    What a dumb **cking question.

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    #190759

    Rohatgi
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    Carrolit
    DFSS is used where there is no existing process.
    What would be your baseline to measure. ?
    Since, there is no baseline, you cannot measure success of your DFSS.

    It would always be just a Guess.

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    #190769

    Cinnamond
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    Carolit, I found this short thread interesting, you seem to have the most information about the very question you are asking. If you already have a lot of experience in the subject then you would be a good person to ask the same question you asked. (My opinion is that design has outputs like: on time, on budget, problems were predicted, etc. and so to measure success, measure those things.. and I know there are many books and articles out there about DFSS, anyway I’m no DFSS guru.). Aside from that I’m embarassed that you were cursed at, I’ve mostly thought of SS people as professionals, I’m beginning to modify that thinking.

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    #190770

    Carroll
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    There are certainly articles to be found, most of which are of the academic or sales type. That’s nice, but skeptics aren’t easily sold on the concepts. Many feel that DFSS and related methods are nothing more than extra work. However in error those opinions might be, you are left to debate the merits without the benefit of tangible information.

    I have to disagree about “no baseline.” Business metrics are moved all the time based on success of designing new business processes. However unstable a product development process may be, time to market, development costs and mistakes avoided can be measured. The problem is showing that it is the implementation of best DFSS practices that is the factor – other improvement factors could have been just as key if not more so.

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