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    Melbourie Joof
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    Hi, I would simply like to know where and what Six Sigma originated from. Furthermore, what’s the highest certification obtainable in SixSigma and what’s the term given to a company that has achieved this. Thank you for your time!!!

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    Kiong
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    Hi,
    Motorola originated and started the 6-sigma program over a span of 10 years from 1987 with the acheiving a zero defect quality…because Bob Galvin, CEO at the time admitted that “Motorola quality stinks…”
    Rgds
    Kiong

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    #71249

    John Adamo
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    I have a little different question regarding the origin.  I have read the threads about how Motorola developed SS and then read all about what GE had done.  My questions:  Who else was in between those two?   I thought the order was:
    1. Motorola
    2. Allied
    3. ABB
    4. GE
    Is this the correct order?

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    #71250

    “Ken”
    Participant

    From what I have read Six Sigma originated at Motorola (1987) under Bob Galvin and Mikel Harry worked at Motorola at this time.  Then somehow Allied Signal became involved in Six Sigma (~1991).  Larry Bossidy and Jack Welch were buddies and he told Jack about Six Sigma and that is how GE became involved(~1995).  I believe this is the story in Six Sigma books.  Several individuals came out of Motorola to help these two companies early on.  GE gets alot of credit for advertising the benefits of Six Sigma. 
    Hope this helps,
    Ken

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    #71256

    Walter Dawson
    Member

    Before any American company instituted 6-Sigma, the origins could be found in the 1950’s with Dr. Edward Demming.  He launched the pre-curser to 6-Sigma/TQM and it was largely rejected by American Industry.  He took the approach to Japan in the 1950’s and it was readily received and widely applied in Japaneese manufacturing. 

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