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    Mike C
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    The NY Times has an article on Motorola’s dismal status:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/01/technology/companies/01moto.html?_r=1&nl=tech&emc=techa1
    So much for six sigma and its statistical nonsense !!!

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    #183851

    GalileoLytton
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    One of the fascinating aspects of the Motorola story is that they have two viable businesses that are highly discounted because of mobile devices.  I’m also tempted to argue that the cell phone division was more of a DMADV failure than a DMAIC failure.

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    #183852

    Robert S
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    Motorola is having problems therefore data based decision making is flawed…is that your logic trail?
    SS improves things…but it is not the sole competency a company must have; despite what some in this forum may believe.
     

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    #183853

    Severino
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    Nice attempt at an inflammatory post, however as I’m sure you’re aware your argument is completely spurious.  SS is a roadmap and a toolset for continuous improvement, not a crutch full of “statistically based nonsense.”  The take-away from Motorola’s situation is that you must continuously listen to your customers and seek out opportunities to delight them.  When you get complacent and lack innovation that is a surefire recipe for lost market share.
    Some have argued in the past that SS drives out innovation and creative thinking.  This may very well be the case, however that is not the goal of SS and there is not a sufficient volume of companies out there yet with enough organizational penetration to be able to see if there is even a correlation between the two.  Even then correlation does not equal causation as we all know.

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    #183933

    Hemanth
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    It has not helped them in avoiding the dismal status… so should we stop using six sigma for process improvements? I would do that if anyone can share something that’s better…
    any help??

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    #183938

    Mikel
    Member

    There has also not been a leader of Bob Galvin’s stature since the
    early 90’s.The poor decision making of the leadership team has been well
    documented.

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    #183942

    Kluttz
    Member

    The NY Times has an article on the Titanic’s dismal status:
    http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/archives/Disasters-Titanic-1912.pdf
    So much for spot welders and its shipwright nonsense !!!

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    #183943

    MBBinWI
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    What an idiotic statement.  Probably made by a Moto insider who has fought against it for 20 years.
    You have stated your hypothesis, back it up with data – or even a rational cause/effect analysis.  You can’t.  Thus, you lob bombs.  It is irrational dolts like you who refuse to understand and appreciate the application of statistics that defeats its’ use.  And yes, I have plenty of data that supports that statement.

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    #183949

    Sloan
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    Thanks UofCS, I was going to say, “I’ll bet they use desktop and laptop PC’s in their business too. So much for this distributed computing nonsense.”
    You can randomly pick just about any business tool and blame all of a company’s failures on that one tool. Gee, if only someone would develop a good root-cause analysis methodology I’ll bet we could figure out what’s really to blame.

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    #183952

    Taylor
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    Outlier, So True, It’s amazing how quick people want to point the finger at the seemingly “Obvious”, without any other source of data  or even the slightest of thought to back it up.
     

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