The most simple explanation of this methodology first used by Motorola, offered in our first article, is that this quality improvement process “aims to reduce defects to 3.4 per million opportunities.” Six Sigma is all about getting the product or project done on time, within budget and with the smallest amount of errors and production time. The introduction of Lean Six Sigma meant leaders in this methodology wanted even more streamlined processes.
To be a master at Six Sigma, one can become certified at many on-site and distance-learning centers. Via those educational venues, one can study and work on Six Sigma projects for a better understanding of the various tools and processes used in the methodology.
There are acronyms such as DMAIC, DMEDI and DMADV, and all are valuable in Six Sigma. However, when do you choose one process or phase over another? DFSS or Design for Six Sigma works best using the DMADV process but in our guide to Six Sigma we’ll take a look at all these acronym processes.
The tools behind Six Sigma are most likely what makes it such a popular methodology. Pareto charts, Gantt charts and other control charts can be found in this guide including free downloads and tips on how to create your own with ease.
We also delve deep into Six Sigma training and where to find it and even look at the Six Sigma Master of Science degree.