History of Six Sigma

Every great idea starts somewhere. Before the Six Sigma concept was adopted as the go-to method for organizations looking to maximize their potential, it was a mere idea in the head of one Bill Smith, an engineer at the Motorola Corporation.

The history of Six Sigma starts there, in the 1980s, when Bill Smith needed a more efficient way to employ statistics as a means of improving the company’s operations. Six Sigma history is rather fascinating; with an evolution over the past couple of decades that has adapted to today’s data-heavy environment and continued recognition as a beneficial methodology for businesses in almost every single industry.

The articles on this page explore the history of Lean Six Sigma, a look at where it is now, and the future of the Six Sigma management system. One of the most valuable aspects of Lean Six Sigma is its adaptability. It doesn’t look exactly the same today as it did when Bill Smith first came up with the idea, but it carries all of the same principles and applies them to our ever-changing corporate world. Knowing the basics of the system is important in order to have a deep understanding of the method that all Six Sigma professionals utilize. On this page, we provide an overview of Six Sigma’s history with an eye toward how and why it has evolved and will continue to evolve.

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Six Sigma Deployments 101

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Any industry can successfully deploy Six Sigma Projects, regardless of their size or type. The concepts are actually very basic business issues and not limited to one specific industry or another. Also, they reflect the characteristics of business rather than the size, which can allow anyone to improve things.

Beating the Odds – The Six Sigma Process Two Decades Later

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Six Sigma is embraced by many, but is feared by many more. So many companies have found successful business practices through the use of Six Sigma Projects, and yet there are still so many people who say that it is just a fad or trend that is soon going to go by the wayside. More than 20 years later, it’s still here.

History and Scope of Six Sigma

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Six Sigma Methodology is easily one of the most popular and widely used process and product improvement programs that exist today. Six Sigma has gone from being a project method for one company and one process in 1986 to now being its own industry…

How Motorola Used Six Sigma Training To Become Huge Again

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They were a massive company cut down to the bare bones – so they developed a system that streamlined their output so efficiently that they are now among the biggest cellphone manufacturers worldwide.

The History And Development Of Six Sigma

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Perfection is a secondary inherent nature of man, only second to the instinct to survive. A human being takes pride in inventing a new tool or technique, but takes more pride when perfecting its technology and usability. In fact, it is only because of these two inherent qualities that the human civilization flourished. Perfection was again reinstated with another quality called innovation.

Future Of Six Sigma – Different Viewpoints

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Use of Six Sigma can be highly controversial.  Here you will learn the many different viewpoints on the future of Six Sigma so you can make an informed decision on implementation.

Six Sigma: Is It Just A Fad?

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If you have ever wondered whether Six Sigma contributes any real value to organizations as well as customers, read this article.  You’ll find out why Six Sigma is here to stay. This article attempts to provide a pragmatic account of the relevance of Six Sigma to business processes today.

Motorola Six Sigma Improvement, is About Training

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Among the main issues on the minds of today’s business execs is to achieve better results from the business.  To obtain these coveted business results and improvements in the performance of the company, a focus needs to be placed on the Motorola Six Sigma training in corporations and businesses of all sizes.

Six Sigma – The Historical Perspective

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The quest for perfection is second only to human survival instincts. These are the two reasons that were solely responsible for civilizations to flourish. That we are wearing clothes today as a symbol of the quest for perfection and innovation should reinforce this statement.

Six Sigma Core Concepts

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By definition, Six Sigma is a series of systems of metrics that are used to measure defects and improve quality by application of a methodology to reduce defect levels to under 3.4 instances per million. Six Sigma is a trademark of Motorola that, by its implementation, saved the company some $17 billion. It has so much evolved and come of age that comparison with the original process is hardly possible. Fundamentally, Six Sigma manages process variations that cause defects and systematically and statistically tackles the unacceptable deviations from the defined standards and works towards eliminating defect incidences.

Note: All resources contained in this section express the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Aveta Business Institute and/or its administration.