Six Sigma is indispensable in industries operating under perfect competition. This is an approach for process optimisation. It has a lot of advantages. Nearly eliminating processes' faults (only 3.4 on 1 million) makes the production cheap, reduces the need for storage areas, the employment of costly multifunctional specialists for fixing ready products, totally eliminates quality control specialists, makes it easy to implement lean and these are just some of the benefits.
On the backside it is the cost of implementing the system. It requires 5 to 7 years to feel the first results from the implementation. You need to totally restructure your organisation and to implement a matrix structure (sometimes there are organisations where this is simply not possible). Change management is an uneasy subject with a high rate of failure. You need 1 to 1.5 % of your staff constantly assigned as Black Belts of Master Black Belts. Besides, all of this just not going to work, unless ALL of your clients (in case of B2B) and suppliers have adopted the SS. You can not work 6S with suppliers using 3S.
There is no point of using partial elements of SS like just some of the techniques, some certified individuals and so on. SS is a SYSTEM. You risk a costly failure if you don't apply it as such.
Thank you everyone. If you mistakenly thought I was questioning it for individual/self for job hunting, sorry. I was genuinely curious as I/ we are planning our processes from the ground floor, and having worked for years now under the AF's lean CI systems and processes in it's program management, I was simply looking for direction for my and my wife's vision. Excellent input everyone, again Thank You! God Bless.
If you have a high volume production line, Six Sigma statistical tools may help you identify problem areas.
Six Sigma is usually less effective in analyzing administrative/ transactional environment.
Six sigma are set of techniques, but according to me or being a mathematician, it is not necessary learnt by heart, these type of techniques,..,mathematics build your brain with respect of thiker or bank of creative links i.e techniques
If your customers asked for it, and if it is a pre-requisite for sales, then you might want to consider, otherwise, it is something nice to have...
Yes Jeremy Its very essential for the business Six Sigma , those who are specialized can point out the problems Define them in advance , makes the solutions before it becomes bigger & effects the work , work procedure too .So its very important .
Jeremy; "Essential"? That greatly depends on your business model. If you are GE, Toyota or Motorola, I'd say yes. If you are a manufacturing company, it is quite beneficial. It consists of robust measuring techniques that are powerful in minimizing variation in quality and performance. It does contain many best practices that can be embraced in most any business model, like root cause analysis modeling. I would strongly suggest that some kind of TQM (Total Quality Management) or ISO (International Organization for Standardization) system be in place. Something to drive what the Japanese call Kaisen (Continual Improvement). Something that can measure and quantify performance for growth opportunities. These programs usually require a "Champion", an associate that oversees all compliance and documentation. All of these are cultural foundations by which the company will be defined by. Many larger companies that engage with you as a vendor, may well require that one of these systems be in place. It implies greater focus on quality controls and accountability in performance.
Six sigma is an essential (and powerful) tool for high quality service delivery.
The costs involved are justified over a period of time.
Six Sigma grew out of GE's project management processes and it's a useful tool for managing a project. It's lost some of its luster in recent years, though.
My answer is that you need a consistent project management approach and methodology. After that, choose the one you're comfortable with and that imposes the least additional time burden and provides the necessary results.
Six Sigma is not essential. Being able to engage in a systematic approach for problem identification, root cause analysis, and process improvement are essential. Six Sigma is just one of many approaches that can be used.
Six Sigma is not essential at if you don't know how to apply it. If you know how to apply it then it is great but then if you know how to apply Six Sigma then you already know how to do process improvement. Process improvement is not rocket science.
I recently published an article titled " STOP ERP Projects until you are a 5-Sigma Company"in LinkedIn. I think, the said article might partly answer the question as to how essential is six sigma. Here is the link.
Your comments / views, please.
Depends upon your business, of course, and whether you want to succeed.
Six Sigma is a methodology and toolkit. Black Belts are charged with saving twice their salary. Who wouldn't want costs cut, processes streamlined, and waste reduced? Do you think managers are so great at doing these things? Most aren't trained beyond the 5 basics, and some are completely ineffective.
So Six Sigma was started to whip them into shape. Furthermore, it is enterprise wide. The key lies in its working with company consensus, the so-called buy-in. Everybody fears or hates change, but would appreciate success that keeps them employed, no? If you aren't a Six Sigma shop, you're on your way out.
I recently was certified in Six Sigma. At first I thought it wasn't applicable to my industry. Once I started studying it I realized it has a lot to do with my industry. I have improved profits through the efficiency of my staff in studying wasted movement in production.
I do see how it may not be as effective in other businesses. As for the necessity of hiring someone that is certified, I dont believe it is important.
Essential? Perhaps not, but having a Lean or Six Sigma mindset within your organization is crucial because regardless of how people describe or over complicate these methodologies, Lean and Six Sigma have their foundations in the "voice of the customer" (VOC), which should be the focal point of any business. A well run Lean or Six Sigma program always keeps the company focused on the root of the why the business exists, the customer, which is again why I'd argue having leaders within any company focused on the customer and any removing/reducing any wasteful (or non-value added) activities that are identified by the Lean and Six Sigma mindset crucial to its success. Whether they call this focus or technique as Lean or Six Sigma doesn't matter, but executing with that customer mindset does. Just my 2 cents - Thanks!
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