Motorola introduced the idea of Six Sigma to reduce defects. They sought to match the quality standards their competitors were able to achieve.
So, what is Six Sigma?
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Now, it is much more. You can see Six Sigma as a:
Six Sigma offers performance improvement processes on top of existing processes.
The Six Sigma method focuses on understanding customers’ requirements better and eliminating defects and waste.
The primary benefits are:
Six Sigma training uses the metaphor of colored belts, lifted from Japanese martial arts.
Typically one to two weeks’ training to learn to use the basic tools of Six Sigma.
Typically two to three weeks’ additional training, to handle problem-solving tasks, leading small teams. Green belts often do much of the work on a Six Sigma initiative.
Black belts lead six sigma teams. You typically need
Train, mentor, and advise black belts.
OnlinePMCourses recommends GreyCampus Six Sigma training, which covers Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma training and Yellow, Green, and Black Belt levels.
Six sigma has a large toolset of business performance improvement tools:
Six Sigma process improvement projects tend to be 3-6 months in duration. They usually follow the DMAIC lifecycle (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control).
A project is typically led by a Six Sigma Black belt, working on the project full time, with Green belt team or workstream leaders.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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