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  • #45073

    Saumya
    Member

    Hi Friends,
    I heard from a friend about 6 Sigma, searched on net, got to understand very little ! All i could gather was its about statistics. Friends, kindly help me as to what will be the requirements to start it and little bit of details like that. I graduated this year and working with Sahara India Pariwar.
    Waiting for a quick and positive response !
    Saumya.

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    #146112

    6 Sigma Project
    Participant

    Hi send me your mail id, i send you some samples. I get you some hands on guide.
    It is fun and take one day at a time and you will soon realize six sigma is not only about the destination but also the journey.
    There are many guide on to start six sigma in this forum, please refer back and I am sure you will find many as many newcomers ask this question regularly.
     

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    #146270

    Saumya
    Member

    Hi !
    Thanx for the concern… please send whatever details you can on my id
    [email protected]
    Thankyou.

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    #146272

    Schuette
    Participant

    Sammytexas will tell you how.

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    #146273

    Saumya
    Member

    Hi Jim,
    Who is Sammytexas ?
    Enlighten…..

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    #146274

    Anonymous
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    #146276

    Saumya
    Member

    Thanx…
    Can you tell me how to start preparing and all

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    #146278

    sammytexas
    Member

    Hey Saumya,
    I’m not a regular here, just happened to stumble across the site today and posted my opinion of six sigma. Granted it has obviously worked for some companies (ie.Motorola) or it would still be around but my opinion of it is that alot of money is spent, alot of time is wasted, and the project results are usually something that you can come up with at happy hour with a couple of co-workers. Our company (very large public company) has used it for 4 years and I haven’t seen any benefit come out of it. The way it basically works it you pick a project, the example I used earlier was cutting communications cost. Then a team composed of people from different areas of the company are assigned to work on it. Each project has a “black belt” in charge of it. A black belt is usually a suit that knows very little about the real aspects of the job but knows numbers up and down and think that a bell curve or a brightly colored pie chart will solve all the worlds’ problems. Anyway, the team meets for about 6 months (at least our projects were about that long) and then present there findings and plan to implement for the given project. I’ve not seen one really good idea come out of the first 10 or so projects. They are still doing them but I haven’t looked at the six sigma newsletter that they send out after each project in about 2 years. It’s always the same thing every time. Sorry, don’t want to be a downer on it; this is just what my experience has been.

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    #146281

    Marlon Brando
    Participant

    To  gain knowledge you  have  to  read  2-3  books (at  least) on  SS,in  the  meanwhile  keep  silent ,then  go  through  the  internet,last you  can  start your “valuable’  contribution.thanks

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    #146283

    sammytexas
    Member

    It doesn’t take reading any books to realize that we have spent over 2.5 million in 4 years on six sigma and have not seen ANY significant return. I know, it takes time and the payoff will be late on. That was said two years ago and the gain/loss ratio is getting bigger and bigger every day.

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    #146285

    Saumya
    Member

    Thanx Sammy…. I am getting mixed reviews for SS…Marlon is right in a way that it might be a possibility that a project must not have been worth under a SS scrutiny. I mean a small issue of cutting down on call bills and all could be dealt directly, instead of using SS strategy which is no doubt an expensive one ! Whatsay? Though mu company has not started with this yet….i hope it does so i can be a part of it !
     

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    #146286

    sammytexas
    Member

    It doesn’t take reading any books to realize that we have spent over 2.5 million in 4 years on six sigma and have not seen ANY significant return. I know, it takes time and the payoff will be late on. That was said two years ago and the gain/loss ratio is getting bigger and bigger every day.

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    #146287

    Saumya
    Member

    Hey Sammy I want to know how I can pursue the first level of SS.

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    #146288

    sammytexas
    Member

    sorry for the duplicate post, didn’t realize i had two tabs open and clicked the wrong one. Anyway, hope my info was somewhat helpful, good luck.

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    #146290

    boogaloostoo
    Participant

    If you’ve not read the SS newsletters in two years how do you know they always say the same thing?
     

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    #146291

    Saumya
    Member

    No sweat…wanna know how i can take up the first stage of pursuing SS

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    #146292

    Anonymous
    Participant

     
    Join an organization which supports SS or if you want to do it on your own, read some quality books gain some experience in the vertical you are working in and then embark on SS journey taking training for a certification. Do a project to show understanding of DMAIC (most important).
    Thanks

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    #146294

    boogaloostoo
    Participant

    My previous post was a comment on the post by Sammytexas.
    I found the ‘Six Sigma for Dummies’ book (available on Amazon) very useful as a starting point. Asking specific questions on this forum is also very useful.
    Maybe you could think of a process that needs improvement and try to work through the SS methodology (Define Measure Analyse Improve Control Transfer) using a text book as a reference. This would give you a feel for how SS breaks down the problem into bite size chunks and leads you to the root cause of process failure.
    As a relatively new convert to SS myself I have found that thinking about how you could improve everyday things (driving to work, making a cup of tea etc, etc) in a similar fashion allows you to digest the technicalities of SS.
    Hope this provides food for thought
    Good luck
    Stuart

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    #146295

    Saumya
    Member

    Thanx..Kindly recommend me some good books for starters…..and also areas where i can go for the certification…i am in India !

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    #146296

    Anonymous
    Participant

    Saumya you can go to Motorala, Indian Statistical Institute, KPMG, Benchmark six sigma there are loads of consultants available. Get hold of “The Six Sigma Way by Peter Pande……………you will find it useful.

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    #146297

    sammytexas
    Member

    Because every project that is current, completed, and/or planned is discussed in our quarterly meetings and there hasn’t been one so far that really made sense. There have been alot of “quick fixes” but that could have been done without SS.

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    #146298

    Schuette
    Participant

    A correction there Sammy. It didn’t work at Motorola either. Read Andy U’s posts.  All they did was a change of name to SS on what they were already doing; then they sacked 60,000 people.

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    #146300

    sammytexas
    Member

    Thanks Jim, I will check out Andy’s post’s. I didn’t realize that but it would make sense, I haven’t seen yet how it can be done effectively. Atleast we finally got some relief from it, this year Servicemaster (the company that owns us) is picking up the tab. Too many people were tired of all the money being spent and not getting anything out of it.

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    #146305

    Saumya
    Member

    I am entirely new to SS….but whatever i have gathered from this forum, based on that i can say is…..if we stop making unnecessary use of SS in our daily small work problems maybe we will realize the importance of SS in an org.  It is a good strategy to overcome huge losses but not at the cost of time. Which seems to be wasted in allowing minor problem solving.

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    #146307

    vishnu galla
    Member

    hi soumya,
    Nice to see you are interested in SS. Recently i have completed my greenbelt ceritification from Benchmark,
    Contact me at [email protected]. i work for microsoft.
    Thanks Vishnu Galla
     

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    #146308

    vishnu galla
    Member

    Hi Soumya,
    Am vishnu from Microsoft, also you can reachme through a call @99456-50140.to have more details on six sigma certification.
    Thanks and Regards.
    Vishnu Galla
     
     

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    #146334

    JSK
    Participant

    Hello Sammytexas,
    What kind of commodity your company deals with? I mean what is end product? just curious to know?
    JSK
     

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    #146354

    Almost a Black Belt
    Participant

    Sammy,
    It sounds like you may need to use a Cause and Effects matrix to better define who should be in the role of Black Belts for your projects.  A really good Black Belt does not need to be a statistical genuis!  He/She has to be able to live and breath the process/project they are trying to improve upon.  If you have “a bunch of suits”  leading your project teams with no intimate knowledge of the process they are improving on I would look to improving the selection process for Black Belts, not say Six Sigma is the reason for lack of success.

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