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  • #34680

    Trainercjk
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    How does project management and six sigma relate?  How are they different?

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    #95930

    Diaconu
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    Project Management is a large part of Six Sigma (planning, team formation, leadership). With SS you have more of a fixed road map..Define your process and output, Measure the key variables, Analyze which have the largest effect, Improve them and control them.
    Along the way you may need to deal with outside providers and use those project management skills.
    You can view it the other way round if you like and say that SS is an additional tool that helps you complete a certain type of project.
    Some will tell you SS is applicable to any project…personally I think that, though that may be true, it does not necessarily mean that the SS method is the best one to use in every case.
    Mia
     
     

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    #95954

    MWillsUK
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    SS is a methodology with a defined path (phases, tasks, tools, deliverables, etc.) designed to achieve specific outputs – improved process, new product or service, etc.
    Project management, however, is the means by which the defined set of activities are effectively managed to increase the likelihood of success – planning, resource mgmt, budget mgmt, risk mgmt, communication mgmt, schedule mgmt, vendor mgmt, change mgmt, etc.
    In my opinion, SS does not have adequate PM embedded in the methodology and requires the addition of a Project Management Life Cycle that is appropriate to the needs of the organization and the complexity of the project.

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    #95966

    mdb007
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    I have experience as a Project Manager and would like to ask for any input on how I could transition into a Six Sigma role or company. Internaly there is no acceptance to outside ideas and methodologies which I see as a sign to move on.
    Thanks for any help.

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    #95971

    webegeek
    Member

    another interesting question is how can six sigma improve project management.

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    #95974

    Powell
    Participant

    Project management is also strict in its process. The commonalities are project charters, measurable resutls, transistion plans, control plans.  The control plans in PM are broader while the control plans in SS may be an achievement in the project plan hierarchy.

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    #96560

    af
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    I am certified in both SS and PM. The main focus of SS is the customer and measurements. I am combined the best of both to try and use one methodology versus two.  All SS resources need to understand and use the PM tools to execute the various stages of a project.
    AF

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    #96563

    spike
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    I couldn’t agree more.  SS training, for the most part, doesn’t address project management.  Yes, SS teaches a defined structure in order to progress through the project (DMAIC), but it doesn’t teach someone the skills to successfully manage these phases. 
    For example, skills such as developing a work breakdown structure, scheduling, resource leveling, budgeting, project tracking, and project crashing are not mentioned at any level.  These are critical skill in successful project management.  And that’s exactly what Blackbelts and Greenbelts are expected to be – project managers.  It is not reasonable to assume that Six Sigma training = a good project manager.  In my opinion, project management skills should be a prerequisite for any Greenbelt or Blackbelt.  This will not only improve project cycle times, but increase the probability of success for any Six Sigma project leader. 

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    #96606

    NATZIC
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    SS tend to focus on Process Improvement – know your customers, measure their satisfaction through the DPMO and improve the critical factors that would improve the process performance.
    On the other hand, PM is know with its 3 levers Cost, Schedule and Scope. This last point is in my sense where SS and PM cross-over. How can you manage deliverables with a quality approach and how can you design the requirements to fit the customer needs (CTQs).

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    #101337

    Kilborn
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    A few definitions of project management…The set of people, tools, techniques, and processes used to define the project’s goal, plan all the work necessary to reach that goal, lead the project and support teams, monitor progress, and ensure that the project is completed in a satisfactory way. mfg.patentcafe.com/glossary.asp
    The application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities in order to meet or exceed stakeholder needs and expectations from a project. http://www.englertandassociates.com/glossary/
    Both a process and set of tools and techniques concerned with defining the project’s goal, planning all the work to reach the goal, leading the project and support teams, monitoring progress, and seeing to it that the project is completed in a satisfactory way. http://www.shapetomorrow.com/resources/p.html
     
    I consider Six SIgma to be a form of project management metholdogy, albeit the not the most robust PM methodology, because it:1) Provides a process and specific tools to define, plan and execute a project.2) Specific tools that we cover or distribute during our company’s Six Sigma Green Belt training that aid in project definition, planning and execution include:DEFINESix Sigma Project Charter (helps to define project objective, scope, resources,etc)PLANSix Sigma WorkplanProject Control PlanEXECUTEAll Six Sigma tools really (QFD, Process maps, Fishbone, FMEA)Change Management training (included in GB and BB training)

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    #101353

    A.S.
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    A good project manager can  implement SS in his organisation successfully as a champion.But an expert in SS may take some time to become a good project manager.He has to learn / practice project management through SS implementation.
    I can say SS is a micro level project methodology  and it warrants PM skill also which is not being given in any  SS training. 

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    #101357

    Nikunj Desai
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    Six Sigma and Project management works togather. To implement successful Six Sigma you need to be good project manager else Six Sigma never fails but your project definately…
    In Six Sigma training they train you for an approach of following process which means Discipline and in turn its Project Management skill.

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