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Is Six Sigma Enough? (To Improve the Quality Level of an Organization...)

In order to improve a process, or to get a new standard or higher quality level in an organization, is 6 Sigma a good approach?
My partners say that 6 Sigma is just for solving actual problems (d=define a problem), but it's not the best way to improve.
What do you think?

  Jens Folke
Consultant, Denmark

6 Sigma or Kaizen

Your colleagues have a very narrow perspective of Six Sigma. After improving the process i-stage) a control-plan is needed, and that involves Kaizen among others. Lean Six Sigma is an integrated approach to process improvements and product design.

  Matthias Bittrich
Business Consultant, Germany

It Depends...

It depends on the level of pain.
Is it sufficient to close gaps of customer-experiences (see: Kano model) by continuous improvements, id est: small steps?
Or do you need a huge critical hit like re-engineering?
6sigma means quality improvement, but maybe the solution for your problems is Poka Yoke? Maybe your problem is based on a wrong understanding of the customer? Never forget: you and your company never define what quality is - only the customer does.
As a senior consultant for process excellence I recommend a clear definition of the pain to find out if an expensive 3-6-months 6 sigma project is really necessary.

  Jens Folke
Consultant, Denmark

Is 6 Sigma Always a 3-6 Months Project?

I also see the use of the DMAIC model in a Kaizen (...)

  pankaj negandhi
Consultant, India

6 Sigma and / or Kaizen

6 sigma is an organisational approach to satisfy c (...)

  pankaj negandhi
Consultant, India

Other tools may supplement

Organisation productivity depends upon change mana (...)

  Michael Jensen
Student (MBA), United States

Try a Lean Six Sigma Approach

@Jens Folke: I agree that your colleagues have a n (...)

mechanics, China

6 Sigma is a Systematic Way, not Focusing Enough on Improving Efficiency

I agree with you. 6 sigma is not efficient for imp (...)

  Matthias Bittrich
Business Consultant, Germany

Six Sigma is One Method Out of Many Possibilities

@Yuqin: Six Sigma offers a wide range of methods, (...)

  Maharaja Himandu Upadhyay
Manager, India

Is Six Sigma Enough to Improve Quality

Basically Six Sigma does not improve a process aut (...)

  Matthias Bittrich
Business Consultant, Germany

Reaching Minds is Essential in Quality Improvement

@Maharaja Himandu Upadhyay: (Lean) Six Sigma is a (...)

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