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The Six Sigma methodology is a process improvement approach that focuses on reducing defects and improving quality. It was developed by Motorola in the 1980s and has since been adopted by many other organizations. The Six Sigma approach uses a data-driven approach to identify and eliminate sources of variation and waste in order to improve quality and efficiency.

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  • Successful Reinvention Focused on Customers and Quality
    In 2008, Starbucks was taking a major hit from the financial crisis, losing customers to competitors, and having to close hundreds of stores. Despite having its back against the wall, some decisions made around key Six Sigma principles helped Starbucks bounce back better than ever. How Giving Quality and a...
    Source: iSixSigma by iSixSigma Staff
  • The 2.67 Million Dollar Mystery (And How 5 LSS Tactics Solved It)
    This major beverage manufacturer was spending millions of dollars per year to replace recyclable plastic shells to transport 2-liter bottles from the plant to their customers. Where did all the plastic shells go? Let’s find out. The process of retrieving delivered plastic shells from the customer should have been easy,...
    Source: iSixSigma by Ken Feldman
  • Following the Road to Improvement
    As a recently promoted Vice President, Chuck needed to quickly understand what all his people were doing. Chuck, a longtime employee of a major utility company, had been recently promoted to Vice President to take over the leadership of a wide range of different functions than what he had been...
    Source: iSixSigma by Ken Feldman
  • Six Thinking Hats
    Have you ever been on an improvement team that just doesn’t work as well as you expected? Was it because people weren’t trying or was the mix of personalities and perspectives not conducive to working together for a solution? Let’s see how one company handled this problem. Using the Six...
    Source: iSixSigma by Ken Feldman
  • Continuous Improvement
    While Motorola had been an industry leader for decades, by the 1970s, many of its products were seen as potentially unreliable by consumers. The company addressed this issue by embarking aggressively on an innovative program of continuous improvement that has come to be known as Six Sigma. How Continuous Improvement...
    Source: iSixSigma by iSixSigma Staff
  • Linearity vs. Repeatability: What’s the Difference?
    What Is Linearity? Before we can understand linearity, we must understand another measurement error known as bias. Bias is a consistent mistake that occurs in measurement. For example, every measure taken with your scale comes out heavier than the actual weight. Linearity measures the consistency of a bias over the...
    Source: iSixSigma by iSixSigma Staff
  • Common Cause vs. Special Cause Variation: What’s the Difference?
    What is Common Cause Variation? Common cause variation is the kind of variation that is part of a stable process. These are variations that are natural to a system and are quantifiable and expected. Common cause variations are those that are predictable, ongoing, and consistent. Major changes would typically have...
    Source: iSixSigma by iSixSigma Staff
  • Tangible vs. Intangible Benefits: What’s the Difference?
    What Are Tangible Benefits? Tangible benefits are positive results that can be accurately measured and quantified with standard measurements. In business, the term describes any kind of outcome that is directly associated with financial gain or loss. You can always boil down tangible benefits to a monetary value relative to...
    Source: iSixSigma by iSixSigma Staff
  • Null Hypothesis vs. Hypothesis
    Null Hypothesis vs. Hypothesis: What’s the Difference? What Is Null Hypothesis? A null hypothesis is a prediction that there is no statistical relationship between two variables or two sets of data. Essentially, a null hypothesis makes the assumption that any measured differences are the result of randomness and that the...
    Source: iSixSigma by iSixSigma Staff
  • GOAL Deployment
    Using GOAL Deployment in support of their Strategic Plan, this company was able to align goals and objectives and achieve impressive organizational improvements  The Company historically used yearly Strategic Planning to lay out its macro goals and initiatives. This was done by each functional area of the company submitting what...
    Source: iSixSigma by Ken Feldman
  • Accuracy vs. Repeatability: What’s the Difference?
    What Is Accuracy? Accuracy is the difference between a measured value compared to its true value. Since no measurement can be 100% exact, there needs to be a degree of inaccuracy allowed in the measurement. This degree of inaccuracy depends on the amount of error you are able to accept...
    Source: iSixSigma by iSixSigma Staff
  • Subject Matter Expert vs. Consultant: What’s the Difference?
    What is a Subject Matter Expert? Subject matter experts (SMEs) are people who have a significant amount of knowledge or experience regarding a specific subject. They can specialize in any kind of academic discipline, profession or practice. Even though their area of expertise is relatively narrow compared to general consultants,...
    Source: iSixSigma by iSixSigma Staff
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