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LEVERAGE SIX SIGMA

By Drive, Inc. on Saturday 15 August 2009.

Together, we have taken a dive into each step of the DMAIC Cycle for Six Sigma in order to address the value and form, fit and application in your environment. In the last publication, we focused on the “C” in the DMAIC Cycle. We discussed the processes and tools used to CONTROL the new process. In this issue, we will focus on the value of LEVERAGING our success. When LEVERAGING our improvements, we should consider many different aspects of the business. Don’t limit yourself to just your area. Below is a list of most commonly seen areas that may benefit from LEVERAGE: 1. Material Lots 6. Products 2. Part Types 7. Departments 3. Areas within a Department 8. Product Families 4. Machines 9. Divisions 5. Processes 10. Regions 11. Plants

ANALYZE PHASE

By Drive, Inc. on Wednesday 15 July 2009.

In the previous issue in this series, we focused on the “M” in the DMAIC cycle for Six Sigma. We discussed the processes and tools used to MEAURE the output performance of the process. This month, we will focus on the “A” in the DMAIC cycle, which is the ANALYZE phase. In this phase, we will develop theories of root causes, confirm the theories with data, and finally identify the true root cause(s) of the problem. The true root cause(s) will form the basis for solutions in the next phase of the DMAIC cycle, which is the IMPROVE phase covered in our next newsletter.

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