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    porpon
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    Hello all,
    They always said that in order to make six sigma works, it has to be implemented to every parts of a company. Then my question is, Can I use Six Sigma within a company by doing it myself? ie. The company does not use Six Sigma, but I want to solve problem using Six Sigma.
    Also, can you use Six Sigma to solve everyday life problem??? Ie. time to drive to work??
    Just wondering.
    Porpon

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    #107797

    rocket sled man
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    I believe that Six Sigma can be used effectively in the resolution of any problem anywhere having variance at its core.   The steps Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control are the logical and pragmatic elements of scientific problem solving.  You will face difficulty in most organizations if you are the sole practitioner if only due to lack of understanding and appreciation on the part of your peers and management team of the terminology and steps involved in the DMAIC process – most will want to jump right into the Improve phase without taking the time to move through the Define, Measure and Analyze phases (some pretty important steps in problem solving – with the action word “solving”).  I used it in performance optimizing my BMW – now possibly better described as my Dinan equipped and badged BMW 540 rocket sled.   

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    #107838

    RubberDude
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    HERE, HERE!! Rocket!!!!
    TOTAL agreement here.  Very good posting!
    Just to add my personal observations:
    1.  I recently was asked to help with a SS project where the requestor walked into the initial meeting with the “problem”, “cause”, and “resolution” already defined.  He kept saying he “knew” what to do.  When I interjected the DMA portion, he said it was not needed.  I walked out of the project and the team failed to make any improvements.  In fact, they only confused the issue.
    2.  A former client sent a Op Manager to SSBB training and his project at the company was the only project every performed at the facility.  It saved the company over $50,000 per year, but, for some reason, they never did another SS project….. Go figure.
    3.  I have a “friend of a friend” who tells me of a SS project turned into him by a trainee on making breakfast in the morning.  I’d love to see the presentation, but as of yet, have not.

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    #107855

    Ward
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    Check out the book Quality is Personal by Harry Roberts.  He’s a professor at the Busniess School at University of Chicago and figured if students could successfully apply quality principles to their personal life, they would see the application in their corporate role.
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0029266254/qid=1095956162/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/102-9122041-2920941?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

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    #107865

    porpon
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    Thank you everyone, that was very enlighten.
    I already bought the book you suggested. It cost only $1.70 for used one! Well $5 after S&H! Compared to $22. Good deal.
    Thanks
    Porpon

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