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Six Sigma

| On 01, Jan 2010

Message: 30
Posted by: Brandon
Posted on: Sunday, 26th November 2006

One part of our company is using Six Sigma. That's a quality improver but it's also an innovation tool? Do you have to approach your projects in a different way?

Message: 31
Posted by: QualityColorado
Posted on: Monday, 27th November 2006

Brandon, Hello!

Regarding Six Sigma: there is more information about Six Sigma at this site:

I do not know how you currently approach your projects, so you question is a bit difficult to answer.

Six Sigma projects are based on solving problems (and / or seizing opportunities) based on data and structured analysis — the link above may be able to answer some of your questions.

… hope this is helpful ….

Best regards,


Message: 33
Posted by: Michael S. Slocum
Posted on: Monday, 27th November 2006


Six Sigma (DMAIC) is primarily focused on the identification and reduction of variation in an existing system. It is a problem solving process whose main mode of operation is the conversion of a practical problem into a statistical problem, a statistical problem into a statistical solution, and then a statistical solution into a practical solution. The “Improve” phase if DMAIC is the natural holding place for the application of Systematic Innovation. It is here that the current methods utilized for ideation need to be significantly enhanced to bring their capability on par with the other methods used in Six Sigma.    

Systematic Innovation (SI) as a problem solving method is complementary and analogous to Six Sigma. SI converts a practical problem into an abstract problem, an abstract problem into an abstract solution, and then an abstract solution into a specific solution. SI is a stand-alone problem solving and ideation methodology as well as an enhancer for DMAIC (the “Improve” phase as well as any other phase that needs ideation).