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About Six Sigma

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 methodologies:

The 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 on projects.
• 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.

Application Strategy:
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

Six Sigma 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.

Silicon 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.


Project Management Links

›› Project Management Overview
›› SDS Project Framework
›› SDS SEI/CMM Mgmt Services
›› CIO/MIS Management
›› Project Resources


Contact us about our Six Sigma Consulting Services to learn more about how we can help your organization add value to your process improvement initiatives. Your company will realize more value from investments made in existing software technology, lower operating costs and increased profits.