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    Lisa
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    Most theoretical studies I read so far provide Six Sigma examples of big enterprises, like GE and Motorola.
    So far I only know that Six Sigma application is possible in theory. Does anyone have some practical examples?
    I am trying to anwer the question whether there are any limitations or problem that arise when applying Six Sigma in a small company (of e.g. 10 people), in comparison to big firms?
     
    Thank you,
    Lisa

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    #156240

    CT
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    The answer is yes, problems do arise in small companie and large companies alike in areas of limited resources to perform task. However there should be no difference in the applied system. My opinion is that Six Sigma can be more effective and easily controled in smaller companies

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    Mike Carnell
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    Lisa,
    If you check out the string about results you will find some links from some misguided poster named Be Real. The one from Quality Digest has data on large and small companies.
    The basic answer to your question about the SS limitations. It is a function of a person mentality. It is simple to find a reason it won’t work because then you don’t have to do anything different (you can see these conversations coming a mile away. They alway begin with one of to things “We are different …..” or “Yeah, but…..”). It is more difficult to figure out why it will and adapt it to your environment.
    The methodology works as long as you have data. You can test this by going to a stats book and checking to see if there is a particular set of statistics for SME’s or just call Minitab and order the special version for SME’s.
    Just my opinion

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