Popular Six Sigma Tools

There are quite a few quality management tools used in Six Sigma. You will find that most of them are more applicable only for certain DMAIC or DMADV phases, and each one phase might use more than one tool. Some of the tools are only suitable to a specific industry and completely irrelevant to others. To maximize tool usage, you […]

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Six Sigma DMAIC at Work – A Case Study

DMAIC (duh-may-ick) is an abbreviation for a method used in Six Sigma. It stands for the 5 distinct phases it goes through: Define (the problem), Measure (aspects of the problem), Analyze(the information flow), Improve and Control (the process). Let’s use a case study example and analyze each phase… A US-based employer which sells computers and other software and peripherals contracted two outsource companies: Alpha Company […]

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DMADV – Another SIX SIGMA Methodology

By now, you would be familiar with DMAIC methodology and know when, where and how it is used and the benefits of it in problem solving and performance improvement. But DMAIC is not the only methodology that is used in Six Sigma. There is another common term DMADV which is equally important as DMAIC. To become a master in Six Sigma and […]

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What is Six Sigma?

In most cases Six Sigma is a method to measure process quality with the end goal of near-total perfection. The goal of using Six Sigma is to improve the end product (what a surprise!) by removing errors in the production process in any sphere where it’s applicable. It’s mostly a data-driven approach that relies on […]

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Lean Six Sigma Introduction

Six Sigma has been around for more than a decade.  Lean for nearly as long.  Each is unique and yet shares a number of common attributes with the other.  Why do they garner the attention they do?  How are they different or similar to previous business revolutions from Deming to Reengineering to Total Quality Management?  […]

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7 basic quality control tools for process improvement

The seven basic tools of quality is a designation given to a fixed set of graphical techniques identified as being most helpful in troubleshooting issues related to quality. They are called basic because they are suitable for people with little formal training in statistics and because they can be used to solve the vast majority of quality-related issues.[ Cause-and-effect diagram (Fish-bone diagram): (also called […]

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