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Six sigma quality

Six Sigma is a method or a set of techniques and in the business world, it has become a movement that is focused on business process improvement. Six Sigma is a quality measurement and improvement program that is designed to focus on improving the quality of a company's business processes.

Here are the steps you can follow to implement Six Sigma into your manufacturing plant.

Step one:
Understand your company's performance because Six Sigma focuses on improving profitability in addition to improving quality. If you do not understand how your company is, performing you will not be able to see how you are able to improve your profits, along with your quality. The cost of poor quality is a great starting point in Six Sigma because it allows you to see how much money is currently being wasted in your company.

Step two:
Figure out if your company would benefit from using Six Sigma. To do this you will need to look at your company to see if they have some of the following characteristics:

  • Quality focus and objectives for your company are not clearly defined or communicated

  • Senior management or what you consider upper management does not think that quality has anything to do with business and profitability

  • Nothing is in place to track levels and trends in operations performance. Some of the things that can be used to track this are design effectiveness, inventory levels, and cost of poor quality

  • There are either no or very few measurements in place. All of the decisions are made by the senior management without anybody else's input

  • Senior management is simply trying to look busy and is often bugging employees rather than accomplishing things

  • Employees do not like management, in fact they are afraid of them, or they even feel like nobody in management cares about them

Step three:

If Six Sigma will benefit your company you will need to begin training your senior management in the Six Sigma methodology, you need to teach senior management what Six Sigma is really about. What you want them to understand is the concept of Six Sigma, the steps that they will need to take to implement Six Sigma, the requirements needed, the expectations of both employees and senior management, and most important of all they will need to understand that in order for Six Sigma to work senior management will need to actively participate.

Step four:
After senior management has been trained, they need to hand select a small group of employees to start training for Six Sigma. The employees that they pick should have certain characteristics such as a passion for improvement, success oriented, positive attitude, and be a person of action, plus many others.

Step five:

After the training is over you can begin to implement Six Sigma in your manufacturing plant by following some additional steps.

Step six:
Perform a financial analysis on your company. This will help you understand profitability, cost of poor quality and the key contributors to those problems.

Step seven:
Figure out what your company's profitability objectives are going to be. You are also going to want to figure out how you are going to measure the things that contribute to profitability.

Step eight:

Establish your business's objectives and define the values of your business. Most company's will have done this when they wrote their business plan, if your company has already done this what you will want to do is to take a second look at it and see if you need to make any changes to what you have written down.

Step nine:
Find a local firm that can help you with Six Sigma training, there are numerous companies available that specialize in Six Sigma. You want to find a company to help you because they can provide you with guidance on how your company is doing, tell you what still needs to be done, and provide you with feedback how much you have accomplished overall.

Step ten:

Choose a project that you are going to use for your implementation process. You do not want to choose a large project to get started; instead, you want to test it out in a small area so that you can learn from your mistakes. This will help the implementation process go smoother when you use it on bigger projects. Not to mention the smaller projects will provide you with faster results, which will increase your employee's morale because they will see actual results.

Step eleven:
Continue to provide Six Sigma training for your employees. The levels of training that you can provide your employees with include Executive, Black Belt, and Green Belt to name a few.

What you are trying to do with Six Sigma is improve your company's quality by solving problems and developing solutions to reduce the amount of waste in your company. You are also going to want to monitor the progress of projects so that you can provide support when and where it is needed. Your ultimate goal should be to take Six Sigma company wide.

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