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Six Sigma was introduced by Motorola in 1980s as a business process improvement technique that works on performance improvements via lowering or eliminating defects & variations. By definition, a Six Sigma process implies 3.4 or lower defects per million opportunities or efficiency gains of 70% or higher.
If you can’t measure it mathematically, it’s not a Six Sigma process
Also, if you don't save over 70% of cost or reduce over 70% of defects it is not a Six Sigma improvement.
Six Sigma has a financial impact to EBIT (Earning before income tax) or NPBIT (Net profit before income tax) or a significant strategic value.
When a business problem is selected to become a potential Six Sigma project, it goes through a critical metamorphosis- first from a practical business problem into a statistical problem, then into a statistical solution and finally into a practical solution. When a business problem is stated in statistics language, one ensures use of data to solve the problem.
Which organizations benefit from Six Sigma implementation?
Six Sigma is best suited for organizations that are totally committed to Continuous Improvement.
Although Six Sigma was designed for manufacturing-based companies, it is equally effective and efficient to service industries. A classic example is Six Sigma in service sector is Six Sigma application to airline business.
Learn how to use Six Sigma for Cost-effective and Mistake-proof Product Development:
- Business Turnaround and Continuous Improvement Tips and Tricks Part 1 of 6
- Decision making tool: Business Process Mapping
- How to develop a culture of ‘Continuous Improvement’ in an organization?
- 8 Steps to becoming a Customer- centric organization
- Transforming Businesses From Good to Great via Continuous Improvement- Article by Dr. Shruti Bhat published in Express Pharma
Dr. Shruti Bhat is an award-winning Business Excellence Leader, Global Continuous Improvement Mastermind, Best-selling Author and Speaker. She is Continuous Improvement Advisor to several start-ups, mid-size and growing firms in Canada, USA, India, Africa and Emerging markets. She has authored eight business books and is an invited speaker at several national and international conferences, symposia and workshops.
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