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    Mujeeb
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    Hi,
    I am quite new to Six Sigma. I would like to know more about Six Sigma tools that related to innovation.
    How six sigma can be used by corporate companies for innovation or how six sigma can be linked to innovation.
    Appreciate your reply.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Mujeeb
     

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    #143026

    Sorour
    Participant

    I believe August 05 issue of the Six Sigma Forum magazine was devoted to innovation.

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    #143047

    Trev
    Member

    As did the July/August 2006 issue of isixsigma magazine. It had a Six Sigma + Innovation section of about four or five companies and what they’re doing. Shorter for each section, but good overview because of the diversity of topic.

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    #143063

    Marlon Brando
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    Can  we  condider  TRIZ as  part  of  the  Lean-SS Tools??

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    #143069

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Mujeeb,
    Every tool you use in a Six Sigma project will be related to inovation. Some will have a very obvious connection and some will be more obscure. When you begin the Measure Phase you are going to baseline a problem. The tools you use will establish facts as opposed to opinions. Instead of sitting around a table and some one saying “That’s a pretty good process, it’s in control most of the time and based on my 30 years experience it has never run better.” No facts. Capability – fact. Process map – fact. Perhaps the most important to the entire process is MSA (not just GR&R) – because every thing that everyone thinks they know about that process is based on some level of data from a measurement system of some type. When you run that MSA you will either confirm everything that they believe or you will destroy everything they think they know. Since most systems fail MSA it is a very empowering tool. It actually will free most people, from the bagage they carry around, to think about the problem in any way they choose (it also takes that person with 30 years experience and marginalizes that fear factor that they like to throw in the middle of the table). Basically the Measue Phase aides innovation because it creates a factual baseline.
    Analyze lets you test assumptions. If someone believes supplier A is always better than Supplier B you use a hypothesis test to establish it as a fact or not. Same issue with Process A versus Process B.
    Improve – same scenario. This tool is heavily over played but can be useful in catching up if you are particularly ignorant about your process or if you have interactions. Same effect – establishes facts.
    The Control phase is where you get the tools that will allow you to control on a uniform solution. This is the issue where most people like to do the chicken little thing and run around screaming that Six Sigma kills innovation. If you will notice it is frequently the issue of someone who is selling an innovation solution. There are things that will help but if you run your projects with integrity you will get all the innovation you can handle from the teams that are working your projects.
    Think about how many times you begina project and there is that person there protecting turf by saying “there are so many things that affect this process you can’y possibly understand them all.” That is BS and the project will take than nonsense apart. When you take it apart and allow it to be understood and remove the choke hold that the “experts” have on the rest of the organization you will get everything you ever wanted.
    If you still want some ideas on innovation try the books by De bono (the author not the singer although you could listen to the music while you read the book). You can dive headlong into another tool that will keep you running like a gerbal in a wheel or you can just learn some basics about innovation mentor your organization. Remember your innovation is only limited by the size of the box you live in and that box, particularly it’s size, is created by the quality of your experience. You can build it from fact or you can build it from myths.
    Good Luck

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    #143090

    Mujeeb
    Participant

    Dear Mike,
    Thansk for your advise.
    I guess the basic innovation tool of six sigma should be DOE or Taguchis Experiments.
    I welcome if any body could share their views & case studies.
    Thanks & Best Regards,
    Mujeeb

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    #143092

    Mike Carnell
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    Mujeeb,
    The most basic tool to innovation is MSA. The quality of what you know versus what you do not know is a function of the quality of your data.
    Running a DOE or Taguchi design is still risky business if you have no idea if your measurement system can be trusted.
    Just my opinion.
    Good luck

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    #143315

    Mujeeb
    Participant

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks . I knew that TRIZ is one of the tool commonly used for innovations. But, I understand that there are 60 over other tools.
    Any Idea..?
    Appreciate your reply.
    Regards
     

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    #143316

    Marlon Brando
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    Triz is  one  of  the  Lean-SS tools

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