The Goals of Six Sigma

Many organizations have utilized the business strategy called six sigma. Whether a business is large or small, old or new, utilizing this particular set of strategies has shown success to many companies and organizations.  

The strategies of Six Sigma use many different methodologies to improve the success of a product or service being developed by a company, or already in existence, and the overall business as a whole.  The process is started by having employees get certified by going through different levels of six sigma training.  When employers choose to have their employees trained in this methodology, and provide the means for these employees to partake in the training, the leadership capabilities and camaraderie are strengthened amongst the organization.  

Another goal of this process is to cut down on waste within an organization or business.  By cutting down on wasted materials, manpower, or rework, the business will save money and make more profits in the end by providing its customers a better product.  One particular way of cutting down on waste is by providing employees a structured environment in which to work and making sure that all employees are utilizing their time effectively and efficiently.  When employees do not waste their time throughout the day, they are more productive and have more time to devote to the product that is being developed or the projects that they are working on.

Processes within an organization will be improved when the goals of Six Sigma are reached.  When employees understand the concepts of the DMAIC process, their work ethic will be enhanced and the success of the company will be evident.  DMAIC stands for define, measure, analyze, improve and control.  When companies take the time to follow and understand each of these steps of the process, in the order in which they were intended, customer satisfaction will be increased and deficiencies in the product will be identified at the beginning rather than the end.  All companies should design a business plan before opening their business and follow it exactly, making changes along the way only to enhance the plan.

Businesses should also learn to measure their goals along the way and analyze the data that they have gathered.  By measuring goals along the way and analyzing the data, business owners will be able to save money and improve their product in the end.  An important goal of Six Sigma is to detect defects along the way, especially at the beginning of a project.  This process, when implemented correctly, will reach perfection in any business.  Without the detection of flaws, perfection will never be reached.  It is extremely important to follow the goals that have been laid out for the project so that the timeline is followed and the project is completed before the deadline.  Throughout the project, it is important to relay information to the business owners and supervisors about how the project is going.