The Yin and Yang of Six Sigma

To many organizations, Six Sigma is just another means to improve quality that’s often put under the umbrella of continuous improvement. From this viewpoint, Six Sigma can be described as a highly disciplined, data-driven approach for eliminating defects. In reality, Six Sigma is a lot more than a quality program. Six Sigma is actually a business improvement process that allows companies to drastically benefit their bottom line while better serving their customers and shareholders. This mission is accomplished by designing and monitoring everyday business activities in ways that minimize waste and resources while concurrently increasing customer satisfaction and stakeholder value. While mo

The Six Sigma Way of Thinking

Dr. Harry has been widely recognized in many notable publications as the co-creator of Six Sigma and the world’s leading authority within this field. Through this article, he shares some of his key insights with SHEQ Media. To many organizations, Six Sigma is just another means to improve quality that’s often put under the umbrella of continuous improvement. From this view point, Six Sigma can be described as a highly disciplined, data-driven approach for eliminating defects. However, the reality is that Six Sigma is actually a business improvement process that allows companies to drastically benefit their bottom line while better serving their customers. This mission is accomplished by desi

The Hidden Gems of Dr. Mikel J. Harry The Story of MindPro and The Great Discovery

MindPro Development History In 1994 Mikel established the Six Sigma Academy (SSA) with Richard Schroeder. Together they deployed Six Sigma in large corporations such as Allied Signal, General Electric, Ford Motor Company, and Dupont. These were highly successful deployments and spanned through the first three generations of Six Sigma. The foundation of Lean Six Sigma deployment and training was set in these early years. In 2002, Mikel separated from SSA and started the Dr. Mikel J Harry Six Sigma Management Institute, Inc. (SSMI). Mikel’s first project upon forming SSMI was to develop an online Lean Six Sigma training program which he called "MindPro". Mikel had four objectives he wanted

The Origins of Six Sigma*

The broad use of the words “Six Sigma” today means many things and it has evolved from its beginnings into a Quality Management System. “Six Sigma” Systems have also been combined with “Lean” Systems, based on the Toyota Production System, as well as the “Theory of Constraints”. Each has their thinking approach, followers, advantages, tools and techniques. The thoughts and ideas that led to Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) were actually to address issues of product reliability, not quality. The Originator and Father of “Six Sigma”, Bill Smith (1929 – 1993) first shared notes discussing the reliability of products in two internal to Motorola papers in 1984. The first, from mid 1984,

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