Six Sigma is a methodology for decreasing variation in business processes, which leads to a reduction in defects, higher return on investment, employee and customer satisfaction, and quality of products and services.
What is Six Sigma, and what are best practices, tools and templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Six Sigma
Description of Six Sigma
Six Sigma is a data driven approach to process improvement and variation reduction, achieved via two methodologies within Six Sigma, referred to as DMAIC and DMADV. DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) is used on existing processes that are not performing up to par and where incremental changes are sought. DMADV (define, measure, analyze, design, verify) is used to develop new processes or products that possess the requisite level of quality demanded by Six Sigma. These methodologies are applied by qualified and certified Six Sigma specialists through specific improvement projects that can take several weeks to months at a time. Six Sigma specialists are awarded different color belts, i.e. green or black, based on their level of training and experience.
Six Sigma shares similar objectives as Lean in terms of reducing cost and improving efficiency, however Lean is more focused on eliminating waste in the production system, whereas Six Sigma is focused on variation reduction. Lean uses processes such as 5 S System and Kaizen, whereas Six Sigma uses more technical tools such as statistical data analysis and hypothesis testing.
General Electric is famous for adopting Six Sigma in 1995, paving the way for thousands of corporations across the world to do the same, often to great reward.
Tools & Templates
Six Sigma can take the form of many different tools and templates, such as workflow charts, statistical analyses, quality control analyses, etc.
upBOARD's Online Six Sigma Tools & Templates
upBOARD’s online Six Sigma collaboration tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other operations best practice tools and templates, including:
5 S System, Brainstorming, Business Process Re-engineering, Gemba Walk, House of Lean, House of Quality, Huddle Boards, Just in Time (JIT), Kaizen, Kanban Boards, Key Performance Indicators, Leading and Lagging Indicators, Lean Manufacturing, Objectives & Key Results, Operational Performance Management, Outsourcing Decision-Matrix, Performance-Based Budgeting, QDIP Board, RATER Model, Six Sigma, SQDC Board, SQDCM Board, Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Theory of Constraints (TOC), Total Quality Management (TQM), Value Stream Mapping, and Zero Defects.