Six Sigma and DMAIC
First utilized by Motorola, Six Sigma is a methodology focused on improving quality and minimizing defects. There will always be discussions on which is best, Six Sigma or Lean; and is Agile a better way to go to ensure the end-user gets what he wants on a faster timeline? Some project management experts may say using Total Quality Management or TQM is more or just as effective as Six Sigma. However, there are loyal followers of Six Sigma including those whose goals are to achieve certification and be honored with the belts of Six Sigma from the yellow to the master black belt to the champion level.
The DMAIC phases of Six Sigma or define, measure, analyze, improve and control are old standbys and used more than other phases such as DMADV or DMEDI.
In the late 1980s, Motorola perfected Six Sigma and the DMAIC phases winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Other companies such as Ford Motor Company who relied totally on TQM have now switched to Six Sigma and are spending millions on training.
There are websites dedicated to those interested in the methodology including iSixSigma, and even General Electric totally dedicates a web page to defining and using Six Sigma. Even blogs are dedicated to the methodology where threads and forums are endless.
Hovering behind Six Sigma are the phases of DMAIC. Without them, quality projects using this methodology just won’t work or achieve their final goals.
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