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qSix Sigma Trends: Next Generation of Projects
qSix Sigma Trends: Upgrade for Supply Chains and Solution Providers
qSix Sigma Trends: Management Of Six Sigma Deployments
I am pleased to present another article on Six Sigma Trends that concerns enhancing
traditional Six Sigma methodologies and tools with the systematic innovation
management known as TRIZ (pronounced "TREEZ", the Russian acronym for the
Theory of Inventive Problem Solving).
In this article, a summary of current Six Sigma deployment roadblocks and limitations
are identified. Many of these roadblocks can be eliminated with the use of TRIZ, which
can lead to a much more advanced and productive version of Six Sigma. Finally,
lessons learned from real-world training are shared.
Why has it taken so long to accept and to start implementing TRIZ? Why only now is
the interest growing at such a fast rate, especially within Six Sigma professional circles
and deployments? The answer sounds obvious: We are currently facing a new reality
when Voice of Customer has become a moving target which needs to be identified,
predicted and influenced under growing competitive pressure. There is no time for
traditional trial and error decision making methods and endless discussions. TRIZ may
be the methodology "missing link" from your Six Sigma deployment.
qPoor project selection and/or problem formulation
qNon-exhaustive list of potential directions for change and/or for innovation
qUnderestimated secondary problems which may arise during and/or as a result of primary
qPoor definition of alternative causes and effects and screening of significant inputs
qFailures caused by narrowing the scope of the projects in the wrong direction
qNon-exhaustive failure analysis
qTime-consuming data-collection and measurements
qLack and/or high variability of measurement systems (Gage R&R)
qFailure in finding root cause
These reasons lead not only to delays, but also increase the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) due to
rework. Repeated idea collection, endless meetings and discussions, screening the alternatives,
measurements and analysis also significantly deteriorate overall acceptance and support of further
qmake decision-making and problem-solving activities error-prone,
qincrease their productivity and reduce cycle time, and
qincrease Roll Throughput Yield of innovative and competitive solutions through the whole Six
rShould the company focus on new products or other growth strategies?
rWhat role do new products play in the overall growth strategy?
rWhich know-how/processes should remain in the company and which one have to be outsourced?
The application of analytical tools, which support analysis of trends and patterns of market development, are in strong
demand. Such tools are complementary to the quantitative data-driven statistical tools and also make use of
qualitative data to analyze and predict further evolution of technology, market, etc.
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