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SIX SIGMA BASICS

By Drive, Inc. on Tuesday 16 February 2010.

Six-Sigma is a problem solving methodology that synergizes well with any Lean enterprise initiative. In some companies, the term “Lean Six Sigma” is used instead of separating the two methodologies, since they complement each other in their objectives. Lean is a system to eliminate waste, unevenness and overburden by identifying and solving problems utilizing people. Six-Sigma can be the methodology that is used to identify key problems, validate root cause, and solve the problem properly and permanently using statistical tools. It was developed by Motorola in the 1980’s and has stood the test of time. As popular as it is, there are still many companies that have not benefited from the tried and true process that has shown its value time and time again at some of the world’s largest organizations. GE, American Standard, Motorola and many other companies have attributed billions in savings to the Six Sigma business methodologies.

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