The majority of organisations today that want to make sure that there is continuous quality improvement uses the Six Sigma methodology.
But, what is Six Sigma and how can it help your business do better?
In short, the Sic Sigma method is one that utilises a set of systematic theories that are driven by statistics as a fundamental approach to solve any complications and issues that may come up in an organisation, especially ones that employees may not necessarily know about.
The real danger is when employers too remain unaware of these complications.
Therefore you should aim to always implement Six Sigma in your lower management and your higher management levels alike. Besides, if everybody in the organisation is not made aware of the Six Sigma methodology there could be delays and drawbacks in the implementation.
So here’s why Six sigma is important to any business no matter how big or small it is.
It Encourages Process Mapping
Have you ever felt that your work place could do better if everybody involved in a certain process knew exactly what their role was and how they can help others make the task more efficient? That’s exactly what Six Sigma’s process mapping allows you to do. This is also known as flowcharting and it can help you document a current business process detailing each step that is used. This will also have all of the decision points and the employee roles that are required to ensure that the product or services offered by your company meets customer requirements. If you have not tried this out yet, here is how you can do up a process mapping for your company.
The most significant importance of Six Sigma’s process mapping are perhaps foresight and room for improvement.
When you detail out every step clearly you automatically set the precedent for the future development and improvement of a particular process. It’s basically the path to excellence!
It Helps to Eliminate Waste and Variation
A Six Sigma process implementation allows you to eliminate waste and variation in processes and standards in the same company and the same business division. Waste will be everything that does not contribute in any way to produce the product or service that will be sent out to the customer. Variation will be eliminated when a standard becomes uniform for the company for a certain business process. Using DMAIC tools in Six Sigma can help this happen and it will in turn strengthen your quality and consistency. Now that you have implemented these changes the target goals of your business will benefit from being more predictable and also in that they will be delivered consistently.
If you want to know what DMAIC tools and techniques are this blog can help you out.
It Helps Your Project Management
If you know how to use six sigma correctly, it can also be of help in your project management. It can be applied in the areas of;
- Scope – gives a clear definition of the requirement and manages change well
- Time – helps improve scheduling and managing deadlines and well as risk management
- Cost – budget forecasting and cost controls will become more effective
- Quality – produces consistent quality, careful selection of standards and evaluating capabilities sensibly and realistically.
In fact implementing Six Sigma in project management can create opportunities that will continuously improve your processes. Here’s a bit of light reading on how you can apply the Six Sigma method in your project management as well.
Cut Back on Your Defect Rates
It is common that business may have experienced recurring defects in their products and services that will lead to customer dissatisfaction.
This is bad for business.
With the use of Six Sigma you are given the chance to identify problem areas and these recurring defects so that you can address the root cause of the problem and find the right solutions.
For example, to make it clearer, it could be that there is a faulty device that is causing a defect and the solution would be to remove that machine from the process or to fix it.
Create an Environment of Continuous Improvement
Employees who get their training in Six Sigma can identify areas of a process that will slow it down and reduce its efficiency. This means that with employees trained there will always be an environment of consistent and continuous improvement that will redefine the word quality for your brand. In the long run this will also help to keep your effectiveness and efficiency up and positive.
So How Can You Learn More About Six Sigma?
We’ve got you covered! 1Training offers you Six Sigma trainings online that you can take at your own pace and enjoy through interactive study material developed by industry experts. You also get a recognised qualification that can spruce up your CV. Our training programs are;
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