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DFSS Provides Structure While Creating

Here’s a basic overview of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) and when it’s used. DFSS is used when you want to create a new product, service or process. After reviewing your current existing product, service, or process, you realize that process making improvements still won’t close the gap of what is required by your customer […]

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You Can Buy More Time by Using Six Sigma’s DMAIC

Believe it or not, there is a way of prioritizing tasks that is considered correct, meaning there isn’t idle or wasted time from one task to the next. Each task is layered on top of the previous one, with the end resulting in a well-constructed process for your business. Is it possible to run your […]

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Branding Is the Essence of Your Business

Establishing a strong brand is one of the most important things you can do for your business. But what is branding? By definition, it is the practice of creating a name, symbol or logo that for a product or service, creating an image in the consumer’s mind. A strong brand should differentiate a product or service […]

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A Review in the Basics of Six Sigma: Part 1

It is a good habit to always review the basic principles of any practice, and Six Sigma isn’t any different. The most pertinent information is in the basic information you learn at the beginning of any practice. What is Six Sigma? Six Sigma is a data-based methodology that uses a systematic approach to reduce errors […]

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The Analyze Phase of DMAIC

Six Sigma methodologies have had so much success, mainly because it is data-driven. In other words, the data will give you all the information, and based on that information you will know how to proceed. It is working smart without guessing or using the luck of the draw, so the Analyze Phase of DMAIC deserves […]

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By Not Using Six Sigma, It’s Costing Your Business Money

In the quick world of technology — where many companies try to do away with the middleman and cutting corners is a way of life — Lean Six Sigma might seem like taking the long way to cross the street.  The irony is that cutting corners doesn’t work if you aren’t cutting the correct corners. […]

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Why is Six Sigma Important for Business?

Why is Six Sigma important for business? This may seem like an ignorant question, but to people who don’t know what Six Sigma is, it is a perfectly good question. If there was a way to prevent a disease that ran in your family, you would likely do whatever it took to prevent from getting […]

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McDonald’s Benefits from Six Sigma Methodologies

For a large corporation like McDonald’s, quality management is one of the biggest driving forces behind its success. There is nothing arbitrary about the Six Sigma practice — and the business of McDonald’s. When specifications are created at McDonald’s, it is because it is important to what the customer wants and requires. And the results […]

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Pareto Chart

Getting Specific with the Pareto Chart

The Pareto chart is a great Six Sigma tool based on the Pareto principle named after Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist. The Pareto principle can be used to divide just about everything up into an 80/20 ratio. An example of the 80/20 principle is exemplified in what Vilfredo Pareto observed himself back in 1906 — […]

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Call it What You Like, but Success is Spelled DMAIC

We are running a series of sorts on different companies that have implemented Six Sigma into their company culture, and in turn have achieved monumental success. Today we will talk about The Vanguard Group. They are an investment management company based out of Malvern, Pennsylvania, and they have over $4 trillion dollars in assets under […]

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VOC Makes Every Customer a VIP

The core of Six Sigma methodology is keeping customers fulfilled and happy, so they will come back to use your product or service. Without any customers, you won’t have a business. In order to do that, you must know exactly what your customers require from your business; in other words, what is important to your […]

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The Fishbone Diagram is the “Wishbone” to the Cause

The fishbone diagram, created by Kaoru Ishikawa, is a simple tool for visually seeing the possible causes of an issue and how it affects the end result. The fishbone diagram is also referred to as the Ishikawa diagram, the cause and effect diagram, or the Ishikawa. When working as a team, to solve an issue, […]

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Touching the Surface of Root Cause Analysis

When there is an issue or problem in your business, you don’t want it to linger and cause deeper problems. You want to fix it forever.  This is a job for Root Cause Analysis (RCA) — find the cause, fix it and never allow it to happen again. The Process of Root Cause Analysis Establish […]

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Applying Six Sigma to the Tale of the Tortoise and the Hare

Do you remember one of Aesop’s Fables, “The Tortoise and the Hare”? Long ago, there was a hare that would make fun of the tortoise because he moved so slowly. Then the hare would brag about how he was the fastest around. So the tortoise finally got fed up and challenged the hare to a […]

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Experience Makes Six Sigma Training Priceless

How important is work experience and on the job training when potential employers look at candidates for a particular position? You can say it is very important! Let us start with an example of two college students at rival schools. Both are exceptional students, exceptional human beings with extra-curricular activities to show that they can […]

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Assemble your Six Sigma Project Team

Get Set: Prepare Your Six Sigma Project Team

This article is the second in our three-part series to help you achieve the best results using Six Sigma. You can read the whole article series here. Now, get set… Our three-part guide will act as the perfect primer on all the important Six Sigma project facts. Today we discuss how to assemble and prepare […]

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It's tempting to let improvements speed by, but don't lose control!

Six Sigma and DMAIC in Focus: C – Control Your Project

This article is the final part in our series on the principles of Six Sigma, focusing on Control within the DMAIC framework. You can find the rest of our series here. If you’ve stuck with us so far, congratulations! If you’re new… go back and read the rest of this series! We are taking a deep-dive into […]

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Essential to the Improve phase of DMAIC, PDCA is the primary gauge of improvement rollout success.

Six Sigma and DMAIC in Focus: I – Improve Your Six Sigma Project

This article is the fourth part in our series on the principles of Six Sigma, focusing on Improve within the DMAIC framework. You can find the rest of our series here. Day four now sees us approaching the end of our DMAIC in focus series. Today, we will be looking at how to improve ourselves, and our projects, […]

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Analyze your project without losing time and motivation!

Six Sigma and DMAIC in Focus: A – Analyze Your Six Sigma Project

This article is the third part in our series on the principles of Six Sigma, focusing on Analyze within the DMAIC framework. You can find the rest of our series here. Day three into our DMAIC in focus series sees us analyzing Analyze. Aside from getting meta, we are going to look at how successful analysis […]

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DMAIC Measure - How to measure the impact of your Six Sigma Project

Six Sigma and DMAIC in Focus: M – Measure Your Six Sigma Project

This article is the second part in our series on the principles of Six Sigma, focusing on Measure within the DMAIC framework. You can find the rest of our series here. Yesterday we started our series on DMAIC in focus with a deep-dive into Define. Today we take a more measured approach and will give you […]

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