Category Archives: Six Sigma

Economic Impact and Project Selection

Our Six Sigma Green Belt course includes a lesson on project selection.  Students are tasked to identify three or more potential improvement projects and make estimates of the cost to plan and execute the projects in dollars as well as the economic impact of completing the projects in dollars.   They then must explain which project […]

How Accurate and Reliable is Your Data?

Six Sigma is a process improvement methodology that uses facts and data to make decisions, not hunches and opinions.  It is obviously important that we use facts and data that are accurate and reliable.  The more important the decision and the more serious the consequences, the more care we need to take when collecting data. […]

Which Index is Representative of How the Stock Market is Really Performing?

In an earlier article in this series I discussed the use of sample data drawn from a larger population for the purposes of making decisions.  The data in the sample must be representative of the larger population in order for it to be useful in decision making.  Consider the stock market in general.   What is […]

Taguchi Methods for Robust Design and the P-Diagram

In previous articles in this series I introduced Designed Experiments (Article 28) and Taguchi Methods (Article 32).   In this article I will introduce the Parameter Diagram, aka P-diagram, and explain how the P-diagram is used in conjunction with Designed Experiments as part of the robust design process. The P-diagram is used to classify all of […]

What Is The Perfect Process and How Is It Achieved?

In an earlier article entitled Zero Defects – Realistic Goal or Dream?  I stated that achieving zero defects is not a dream at all but rather a realistic goal to be pursued.   In our Black Belt course, our students are challenged to complete an improvement project where they create an improved process that is […]

Increasing Your Personal Power as a Project Manager

In order to earn the Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate, our students are required to plan and execute a real world project that results in measurable improvement.  To help them to be more successful, I challenge them to find ways to increase the amount of personal power that they have as the manager of their […]

Six Sigma Certificate or Certification – What’s the Difference?

In my experience there is a good deal of misunderstanding among students who are seeking to enhance their professional credentials in the field of Six Sigma.  The source of the confusion is not recognizing that there is a fundamental difference between a Certificate in Six Sigma and Certification in Six Sigma.  It is important that […]

Standardized Work Instructions – Implementing the Improved Process

In Six Sigma our goal is to continuously improve our ability to deliver defect free products and services that meet customer requirements.  Doing so results in higher levels of customer satisfaction and lowers the cost of operations.   In the course of a typical improvement project we define a problem, collect data about the nature […]