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    Katelyn
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    My friend and I are working on a school project and we need to know in the simplest way possible, what is Six Sigma?? We don’t understand any of the given info about this program. Please explain this to us in the most simple way it can be explained.
    Thanks a bunch!

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    #143573

    Adam
    Participant

    Six Sigma reduces variation in a process.

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    #143574

    Marlon Brando
    Participant

    To  establish  a  project,aiming  to  reduce defects  to 3.4 (defects per  million  opportunities) through implementing  the  following practical  stages: DMAIC(Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve  -Control).

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    #143578

    Ken Feldman
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    Hey, like real cool doing a project on Six Sigma.  Guess your teach suggested you and your sister check out this site and try to scam an answer to your assignment so you can hit the mall and chill.  A great idea would be to spend some of that chill’in time to try and learn sumthing so you guys can try to put it in your own words.  Look to the left….no the other left and check out the link called “New to Six Sigma?”  Try reading some…yeah I know reading is a drag and then putting that brain to use and frame an answer in your own words.  Between the two of you, there should be enough IQ to do it.  If not, give me your MySpace ID and we can chat offline.

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    #143581

    mand
    Member

    Katelyn,
    One simple way is to check out and read the following book, at your local library, or purchase at a local bookstore: What is Six Sigma? by Pete Pande and Larry Holpp  ISBN: 0-07-138185-6.
    Cheers!

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    #143584

    Mikel
    Member

    “We don’t understand any of the given info about this program.
    Since you obviously aren’t real smart (or as I suspect – not real motivated), I’ll make it simple –
    Six Sigma is a way of fixing things.

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    #143807

    Katelyn
    Participant

    Hey Darth!
    That remark was very uncalled for. We’re not a bunch of valley girls ya know.
    -Katelyn

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    #143808

    Bill Carey
    Participant

    It’s the latest program to employ meddlers.

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    #143810

    billybob
    Participant

    Hello folks,
    Say Katelyn, are you into cow tipping,  I’m sure I can work out a Six Sigma project with you some night out in a cow field.
    Later,
    Billybob

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    #143812

    Stevo
    Member

    Katelyn,
    Unfortunately, on this forum there are a lot of comments that are uncalled for, don’t take it too personally.  The key is to listen to the straight forward answers and try to uncover the value add in the smart-a$$ answers.  You might find the latter to be more helpful.
     
    Now, is there any specific concept that you need a further explanation on?
     
    Stevo
     

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    #143814

    Ken Feldman
    Participant

    Sorry, I kind of excluded Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Vassar given this post:
    “We don’t understand any of the given info about this program. Please explain this to us in the most simple way it can be explained. “
    You tell me how you would interpret the above.  Maybe not Valley Girl but I would rule out Rocket Scientist.  Do a little research, that’s what school is all about.  Learn to think and formulate your own hypotheses and conclusions.  If you have specific and well thought out questions you will receive all the help you need on this Forum, including me.

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    #143815

    Lisa Moretti
    Participant

    Gosh, everyone is so testy – this is a technological resource folks – it would be nice to be just that, and not use it to make fun of someone who is reaching out for help. I don’t believe that they don’t want to do work.  This forum is one of the NEW literacies.  There is no reason why you can’t combine a new literacy with traditional……  I’m 34 years old and when my company rolled out the Six Sigma Quality Initiative and started talking about it, and coming up with various initiatives, I was also very confused, even AFTER reading about it.  I found this book very informative: “Six Sigma for Everyone” by George Eckes.  It’s very simply stated and explains the most basic (and advanced topics).  But to help in the meantime….please do not copy and paste this into a paper, you’ll need to do your own research and reference appropriate copyrighted materials.
     
    What is Six Sigma?: Six Sigma (6ó) is a statistical metric used to describe the quality of a process in a state of near perfection with only 3.4 defects per million opportunities (DPMO). It is a business philosophy that matches a company’s basic strategies to the customers’ needs and expectations, and utilizes a project focused methodology resulting in significant financial gains for the company. Six Sigma is a team approach that combines technical leaders with advanced statistical knowledge and subject matter experts. In other words, Six Sigma is a powerful strategy for sustained success 1.  1: The Six Sigma Way, by Peter S. Pande, Robert P. Neuman, Roland R. Cavanagh, page 3.
     
    § Six Sigma is a state of near perfection that has been achieved by some companies for select processes.  Attaining a Four Sigma performance level, especially in a service organization, is considered an achievement that will yield enormous benefits.
     
    Origins of Six Sigma
    The concept of Six Sigma originated in the 1980’s as Motorola, in response to the threat of it’s Japanese counterpart, got excited about the concept of zero defects. Further, the concept bloomed to Allied Signal and General Electric (GE), and as a result it became news in 1996 that GE had saved over $1 Billion of cost by using the Six Sigma methodology. In academics it is still in infancy. It is dependent on the management gurus for implementation. https://www.isixsigma.com/
     
    DMAIC Overview: Six Sigma utilizes an improvement model which consists of 5 phases: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. Through a well-defined project, the DMAIC methodology characterizes and optimizes processes to verify root causes and permanently fix issues.
     
    DFSS Overview: Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is a methodology that is used to create a new product, process or service. DFSS links the customer needs to the design details that achieve the desired performance. Although variations exist, phases are commonly referred to as Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, and Verify.
     
    So, in a nutshell, you look at a particular process and you go through the Define, measure, and anlyze stages and only after that can you decide as a team if the process you are analyzing  can be improved and fixed permanently or COMPLETELY replaced. 
     
    Solutions only come at the very end – that was the hardest concept for all of us to grasp.  Everything can be measured and tracked statistically. You have different Belt levels that are involved in each project, Master Black Belt, Black Belt, Champions, Green Belt, Yellow Belt,  and each has a different role in the process.
     
    I hope that helps!!

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    #143816

    Mikel
    Member

    For someone who said not to copy and paste – that was one heck of a copy and paste job.
    Lisa – got any thoughts of your own?
    PS – I know where the script came from.

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    #143818

    Chris C
    Participant

    Six SIGMA business methodology is a stragtegic initiative,  management driven from the top down to complete projects linked to company goals in areas which have the most impact.
     
     

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    #143820

    Ang
    Participant

    Well kids, it’s like this … everything was fine then along came some guys who wanted to make lots and lots of money … so they invented a whole lot of rubbish and called it six sigma … that’s why it’s very hard to understand.

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    #143821

    EdG
    Participant

    Peter,
    So let me get this straight, because a bunch of guys who wanted to make lots and lots of money came along… so they invented a whole lot of rubbish and called it six sigma?  It had nothing to do with wanting to

    serve the customer better?
    do a better job than the present process was performing?
    escablish a more consistent output to a process?
    quit wasting time, money, and resources (a little redundant) because we can’t afford to?
    Along your reasoning, it would seem any service or consulting area of expertise was created solely because someone first wanted to make money.  Correct?  It is not because there was a need somewhere to do better???
    I’m sorry, but if someone comes to me selling something that I never asked for and don’t see any need for then they won’t make much money off of me.  But then I guess I am just not thinking about this correctly…

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    #143826

    Lisa
    Participant

    Hey Stan, I referenced “copyrighted material”. I even footnoted the information – my intent was to consolidate it for them, and for them to know that what I wrote was taken from another source/sources.  My experience has been as a contributor for several initiatives – the in the trenches, first hand experience feedback person, gathering metrics, etc.  I never said I was a guru, which from your tone, you obviously think you are.
    Thanks for being so nice.  The world needs more people like you.
    Yes, I do have thoughts of my own actually – I wish that they would incorporate Six Sigma in the Public School system, as Colorado has started to do.  Not on direct teaching methods with children, but for various processes in place in the districts across the states.  I value the methodology and practices greatly. 

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    #143839

    Mikel
    Member

    Your advice was “not to just copy and paste” and then you did just that.
    Nothing more.

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    #144915

    Katelyn
    Participant

    Stan you’re just rude. Get a life and stop criticizing people.

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    #144917

    Marlon Brando
    Participant

    If  you  couldn’t  understand  SS ,it  is  your  problem.

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    #144919

    Marlon Brando
    Participant

    SS is  minimizing defects to  3.4 DPMO

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    #144921

    Savage
    Participant

    Didn’t you just criticize Stan?

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    #144922

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Katelyn,
    Did you and your friend get what you needed? If not you can email me at [email protected] and I will see if I can help.
    Good luck.

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    #144923

    Marlon Brando
    Participant

    Send your  email  and  I  will send  you  a  new prepared (brief) PPT,containing 52  slides.

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    #144924

    Marlon Brando
    Participant

    You  are  very  cooperative person

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    #144931

    Lisa
    Participant

    If that message was for me MB – I’d love to have it – [email protected].  If it was in reply to the other individuals who posted the original string I’d still love to have it!
    Thank you in advance,
    Lisa

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    #144934

    bunnakTL
    Participant

    Six sugma is systematic thinking for any improvement (DMAIC) we want to do, and there are some tools to help and make international presentation to all know in term of statitical method.
    Rds,
    Bunnak(TL)

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