Executives frequently talk about improving business processes --
reducing costs, increasing productivity and boosting efficiency.
A number of "corporate quality" programs support such
efforts, including Six Sigma, introduced by Motorola in 1980 and
popularized in the 1990s by Allied Signal and by General Electric
under former CEO Jack Welch.
The Six Sigma approach emphasizes measurable, bottom-line results,
with lines of accountability running throughout the organization.
Because it stresses breakthrough improvement rather than incremental
improvement, it is often adopted as a management philosophy aimed
at corporate transformation.
As a data-driven process, Six Sigma relies heavily on an effective
and integrated corporate information infrastructure. Silicon
Digital Systems, Inc. assists companies in establishing
Six Sigma processes and implements software used in the execution,
training and management of a process improvement strategy.
Six Sigma Roles:
Several clearly defined roles within organizations follow Six Sigma
Champion coordinates a business road map to achieve Six Sigma standards.
This person selects projects, executes control, and alleviates roadblocks.
• The Master Black Belt is mentor, trainer and coach in the
Six Sigma organization.
• The Black Belt leads the teams implementing Six Sigma methodology
• The Green Belt delivers successful focused projects using
the Six Sigma methodology and tools.
• Team Members participate on the project teams and support
the goals of the project.
Six Sigma is executed via Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and
Control (DMAIC) and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodologies. DMAIC
is used to improve upon existing products and services. DFSS is
used to design Six Sigma quality into new products and services.
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What is Six Sigma?
Six Sigma is a popular quality-improvement methodology and
tool set for cutting costs, improving processes and reducing
business cycle times. It was invented by Motorola in the 1980s
and popularized by Allied Signal Inc. and General Electric
in the 1990s.
What is Sigma?
Sigma is a statistical unit of measurement that reflects process
capability. The sigma scale of measurement is perfectly correlated
to such characteristics as defects per unit, parts per million
defective, and probability of a failure or error.
Six Sigma Methodologies
is a management philosophy that puts emphasis on ambitious
objectives, collecting data from a variety of sources, and
then doing sophisticated analysis in an effort to reduce problems
and defects in company products and services. Companies that
have used the Six Sigma philosophy claim it's a means for
systemically eliminating defects. By using data, companies
are said to improve upon the effectiveness of manufacturing
processes leading to lower costs, faster production times
and improved customer satisfaction.
Digital Systems, Inc. provides Six Sigma expertise, Project
Management and Training for organizations implementing a Six
Sigma strategy. SDSI utilizes software to improve the outcome
of Six Sigma process improvement implementations. The software
applications include Microsoft Project Server 2002, Microsoft
Project Professional 2002, Visio 2002, Microsoft Windows 2000
Server, SQL Server 2000 and SharePoint Team Services. Data
is the cornerstone of the Six Sigma approach, and as many
companies are working to reduce costs and improve processes,
this package of programs is designed to enhance corporate
performance. It is precisely data quality that relates to
Six Sigma standards that are aimed at processing data, so
that a corporation can improve the quality and efficiency
of its business processes.
Silicon Digital Systems, Inc.
provides clients with a more efficient way to track the status
of process improvement projects. One tool specific to Six
Sigma is a customized, interactive Project Guide that leverages
Microsoft Project Professional 2002 and leads Six Sigma teams
through each Deliver, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control
(DMAIC) phase. Financial tracking, Executives, Six Sigma Champions,
Master Black Belts, and Black Belts need to understand on
a continual basis the financial impact their Six Sigma projects
have on the company's bottom line. Customized browser-based
dashboards provide easy to read financial results' views of
Six Sigma projects, which can be rolled up to the corporate
level or all the way down to a single Six Sigma project.
Six Sigma tools management. Six Sigma teams spend an inordinate
amount of time creating Microsoft PowerPoint reports, such
as a storyboard in PowerPoint about the status of a particular
project. SDSI helps Six Sigma practioners integrate their
existing Microsoft software products with Six Sigma methodologies,
with automated mechanisms that help get information out of
Microsoft Excel or third-party tools and into Microsoft PowerPoint.
This ultimately alleviates the labor-intensive process of
generating daily reports -- freeing up time for teams to focus
on their work, rather than on reporting.