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    Al Lukomski
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    Are there any sources of information to assist me in presenting the whole concept  of Six Sigma to my company’s owners?  We are really hurting ourselves with a lack of good quality management.  Any help or direction to websites or books would greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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    #157155

    Ashman
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    Why do you want to implement Six Sigma specifically? There are many continuous improvement methodologies that can impact a business dramatically – some much less expensively than training a cadre of belts.  I suggest you look into Ishikawa’s 7 basic problem solving tools – these will solve 90% of business problems without confusing people with capability studies and T tests and such.  One good option would be to have your local community college’s business center make a presentation for you on statistical process control.
    Just remember, for any quality effort to succeed you need real top down support and understanding + a real culture change to embrace the paradigm shift.
     

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    #157159

    CT
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    Al
    Six Sigma is a function by which solving problems and improving a process when the answer to the problem is not known. Many companies and individuals fail to understand this concept. It was the very first thing taught to me in Green Belt training years ago. “If the solution to the problem is known, no Six Sigma project is needed” My company chose to call this a “Quick Hit”. From the tone of your question it sounds to me like you have a poor quality system; do not confuse Six Sigma with Quality Assurance. Sure its a way to get there but not the end all be all. Hiring solid Engineers with Lean and Six Sigma experience can go along ways toward someday implementing a Six Sigma program, but until you have the basic foundation of quality systems in place, Six Sigma will only hender your process, not help.
    My 2 cents worth
    CT

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    #157161

    annon
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    Whoops…dont ignore CT…the earlier one.

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    #157160

    annon
    Participant

    Al,
    Ignore the last post.
    Start contacting various consultant groups (listed here and elsewhere) and have more than one come in and pitch it….you will need to speak from the $ perspective and have it done professionally by those that speak executive.  Start building a reference set in this way…you might also have luck with anyone in your supply chain who is currently deploying it sigma, etc….call around and ask about ´at the customer for the customer´ type services regarding quality briefings and possible training events……sigma is time consuming, expensive, difficult, and incredibly effective if driven top down and finanaced properly…hence, look hard at lean as an adjunct or possible first step…easier, cheaper, highly impacting, and dovetails well with sigma when and if you decide to go there. Good luck.
     

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    #157163

    annon
    Participant

    Whoops…quick retraction….I was speaking to the first post to the original question…all hail CT.

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    #157443

    Shelby
    Member

    Al,
     
    I agree with most of the previous replies.  Prior to going to ownership, get a full understanding of the problem.  As one of the earlier replies said there are many continuous improvement tools. 
     
    Choose the right tool, and you will be able to influence ownership later on.  Implement a program without purpose and you will lose all ability to influence.
     
    Whatever path you chose, I suggest building your presentation on real data and information.  i.e.  Don’t request support based on what “other” companies have achieved.  Show the business case in real dollars concerning your company.  Then use expected results based on benchmarking of similar industries.  Executives talk dollars and results, not quality improvement.
     
    Good Luck.
     Keep in mind; most of these replies are from experienced practitioners of SS.  It is a strong program when applied correctly.

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    #157448

    Silviu
    Member

    Al,
    dont go alone into decision process to implement or not Six Sigma. Get a consultant or MBB to advice you.
    Alone it will be hard for you to get buy in from TOP management.
    silviu

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    #157451

    Fake Gary Alert
    Participant

    First you   have  to  implement  a  general quality  improvement  system  for  one  year  at least,then  you  may  think  to  apply  SS

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    #157591

    Mick
    Participant

    i recently gave a presentation on the very topic. if you give your e-mail adress willl send it to you.

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    #157596

    Weidong
    Member

    Mick,
    Would you please send one copy to me at a1923c@motorola.com?
    Thanks
    Weidong

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    #157616

    Pasi
    Participant

    Hi,
    In the first place…sigma initiatives should flow from the top…the owners’s themselves. If there is legitimate buy-in here.. I then strongly suggest that  you begin with the soft side of sigma…and win over the confidence of your people. Make them see the light in the end of the tunnel and quality will improve….
    Regards
    Rajeev

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