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    Thiede
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    Everyone knows that Motorola brought Six Sigma to light.  How did Motorola come to use Six Sigma?

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    #70675

    denton
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    There is more than one story about how it came about.  I doubt that the truth will ever be established.  This is one of the explanations.
    The CEO challenged Motorola to make a tenfold improvement in quality, and they did it.  So he issued the same challenge again, another tenfold reduction in defects.  At that point, Keki Bhote spoke up and said, “If we do that, we’ll be a six sigma company.”  The name stuck, and was applied to their quality improvement program.
    Steven Zinkgraf (Sigma Breakthrough), and Mikel Harry (Six Sigma Academy) were among the Motorola alumni.

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    #70701

    Mikel
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    Whoever tsomethingold you the story about Keki was smoking something. He had absosolutely nothing to do with it.Those who did include Zinkgraf and Harry as stated. Plus Mario Perez-Wilson, John Lupienski, Gary Cone, Dave Dippre, and lots I don’t even know about.

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    #70721

    Tony Mauriello
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    May I suggest you read an article entitled “Motorola: A Tradition of Quality” which appeard in the October 2001 issue of QUALITY magazine.

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    #70736

    muhannad al nabulsi
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    Is it possible to bring that article into the forum,please.thanks in advance,regards.                                    MN 

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    #70738

    Kim Niles
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    #70739

    Sambuddha Chakraborty
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    As far as I know, Bill Smith, an engineer in Motorola was the person who came up with this idea. Little did he know that he was onto something this big.
    Another name worth mentioning is Reigle Stewart, my mentor in Statistical Tolerancing which is an integral part of Six Sigma (DFSS). He, along with Mikel Harry, wrote the first manual on the same subject.
    My $0.02 worth.
    Best,
    Sambuddha
     
     

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    #70779

    Mike Carnell
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    Bill Smith is who Motorola credits with beginning the Six Sigma stuff. They even have a publication titled Bill Smith The father of Six Sigma.
    The ten fold, hundred fold, and SS thing is true and is documented in the same story.
    As far as who did what. It was a lot of people doing a lot of different things and they weren’t all Motorolans. Just talk to Tom Cheek at SDI (Statistical Design Institute) who was with TI at the time but still spent time working on the design side before anyone took it out of Motorola.
    Keki didn’t have antthing to do with SS. All you have to do is read his book and you can see he was chasing the Shanin band wagon (not a bad thing to chase either). Adi, Keki’s sone was closer to SS than Keki was. Adi, Mario Perez Wilson and I all worked the FMU 139 program in the middle 80’s which is where Mario really developed the foundation for what he does.
    If you want to add some real names to the list try Shar Stocker and John Lupienski.
     

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