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MARIO ALVARADO, Teacher, Costa Rica
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? (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  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

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  Michael Jensen, Student (MBA), United States

Try a Lean Six Sigma Approach

@: I agree that your colleagues have a narrow pers (...)

  zhang, 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

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

  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

@: (Lean) Six Sigma is a suitcase of methods. Al (...)

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