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What, Why and How of Six Sigma

The Anatomy of Six Sigma

Achieving high quality results every time is the eventual desire of every business. However to get the desire of high quality creations turn into reality calls to extend yourself for some extra miles. Six Sigma is a success proven business management scheme that can assist you to unleash new horizons of business success with time bound rock solid results. The notion of six sigma was created by Motorola in 1986 as a result of consumers’ complaints about sub-standard Motorola phones’ quality. With the passage of time, the philosophy was further refined by General Electric and was adopted worldwide by various manufacturing firms.

Six Sigma Methodology says:

“Any type of process which does not result in customer’s satisfaction is referred as a “Defect” and it has to be excluded from the process in order to get matchless supreme quality products and services”.

 Six Sigma consists of further two sub-methods. These are:

  • DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control)
  • DMADV (Design, Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify)

Amazing DMAIC Methodology to Try Right Now!

Get your all doubts vanish in few seconds by getting more insights about DMAIC methodology explained just right below:

DMAIC has five steps which are defined step wise in sequence.

D – Define the Problem statement:

Before trying your hands on to the problem, it is important to define the problem statement first. Follow 5W 1H rule to define your problem in detail whereas 5Ws are What, When, Why, Where, Who and 1H is How.

M – Measure:

After defining the problem statement in detail, data collection is the next step. Compile all relevant data that provides you exact insight for the problem diagnosis.

A – Analyze:

The data collection that was done in previous step will be analyzed thoroughly where root cause analysis will be done and ways to eradicate such defects will be looked into.

I – Improve

Process improvement will be carried out on the foundation of facts and figures derived from research done in previous steps. Efforts will be directed towards process improvement leading to peerless quality outcomes.

C – Control

Implement control measures to the processes that ensure defect free product every time with superior precision and accuracy.

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D – Design

In Design phase, one has to design the process from the scratch with all the relevant strategies that will give unbeatable results on prototype small scale.

M – Measure

Measure all the defined parameters that holds significance with respect to high quality delivery at all levels.

A – Analyze

Analyze what has been measured in previous step keeping design constraints in mind.

D – Design

Go for designing considering major and minor details of process on big scale.

  V – Verify

Verify the process and its flow. Observe and record the results after successful implementation of the designed process.

Getting Smart with Six Sigma Belt System

As similar as Martial Arts system, Six Sigma also comes with Belt system with different level of authority system along with experience and level of competency and trainings. Employees start with initial levels i.e. White Belt System and then employees can gradually increase their levels depending on their interest, experience and capabilities.

Six Sigma White Belt System

Level: First Level of Belt System

Knowledge Criteria: Mandatory to complete several hours of training about Six Sigma to get the basic clarity about the basics of it.

Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Level: Second level of Six Sigma

Knowledge Criteria: Mandatory to complete 10 to 15 hours Six Sigma classroom trainings to understand a bit advance steps methods.

Six Sigma Green Belt

Level: Fundamental of success for any project.

Knowledge Criteria: A classroom training session consisting for weeks is compulsory to attend and have to pass a written exam along with serving in a Six Sigma project team.

Six Sigma Black Belt

Level: Full time job for Black Belt. Advance level of Six Sigma.

Knowledge Criteria: To become a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, candidates must pass a written exam and successfully complete projects.

Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Level: Highest Six Sigma Belt ranking and the certification is in high demand for customers.

Knowledge Criteria: To become Six Sigma Master Black Belt, one has to opt an experience of at least five years as Black Belt along with successful completion of minimum of ten six sigma projects. The role of Master Black Belts is not only to ensure active participation and efficient problem solving in six sigma projects but to trickle down six sigma culture and nourish six sigma techniques among employees is one of the objective of Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

What Not Everybody Ought to Know About Six Sigma

Do you wish more people bought your product, or your sales to be sky-rocketed without investing years and years? Are you still wasting your time on reoccurring problems daily? Let us unlock few of the many benefits of Six Sigma which your consultant will never tell you about.

  • Proven Way to Enhance Customer Retention:

A single dissatisfied customer can take your millions of business away and on the other hand one loyal customer can bring in the opportunities to invite other new customers as well so to retain your regular customers should be your top most priority by all means.

  • How to be able to Achieve Targets in an Easy Way?

Set SMART goals to accomplish anything whereas the term SMART is an abbreviation whose full form is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timebound. Before setting SMART objectives, it is important to know every employees’ training needs, learning agility and performance curve accordingly.

  • The Best Ever Planning Solution for Any Business

Six Sigma helps in great ways to get rid of distractions and to maintain your focus in unidirectional way. SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) analysis remains your eyes to the areas of improvements which eventually can turn your business a worth more than the present situation.

  • How Big Firms Are Able To Reduce Their Cycle Times?

According to numerous business reports, 35% reduction in cycle times have been observed after implementation of Six Sigma. On the contrary, firms who haven’t implemented six sigma methodology complaint about delays in their projects and cycle time completion, less employee engagement or totally zero employee motivational levels.

Real Life Amazing Results of Six Sigma: 3M Success Story

3M reported to have been celebrated their success credited by Six Sigma back in early 2000’s. Spare few minutes to have a glance on impressive ground breaking results made real only through Six Sigma.

  • 50% reduction in waste generation
  • 67% reduction in GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions
  • 37% water recycles usage
  • 8% reduction in toxic air emissions

If Six Sigma can do wonders for 3M then why not you? Let’s banish the hindrances and fears in your way to become world class business.   

About Sunita Verma

Sunita Verma, Founder and President of Sync Resource started the company in 2009 with a vision to provide management consulting to small & medium size businesses around the country. Sunita holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering(India) with prestigious gold medal by then President of India and renowned Scientist Dr Abdul Kalam Azad. As an active philanthropist she believes in pay it forward and is a contributing member of charitable organizations like St. Jude’s Foundation and North Fulton Charities.

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