What is Six Sigma (6 sigma, 6σ)?
Six Sigma (6 sigma, 6σ) means a measure of quality that strives for near perfection. The statistical implications of a Six Sigma program go well beyond the eradication of customer-perceptible defects. It's a methodology that is well rooted in mathematics and statistics.
The objective of Six Sigma Quality is to reduce process output variation so that on a long term basis, which is the customer's aggregate experience with the process over time, there are no more than 3.4 defect Parts per Million (PPM) or 3.4 Defects Per Million Opportunities (DPMO).
Benefits of Six Sigma
- Focus on customers
- Improved customer loyalty
- Reduced cycle time
- Less waste
- Data based decisions
- Systematic problem solving
- Data analysis before decision making
- Faster to market
- Reductions of incidents
- Measure value according to the customer
- Lower costs to provide goods and services
- Fewer customer complaints
How APS can help?
APS has devised a well designed methodology to help the organization to adapt and benefit from Six Sigma methodologies.
Six Sigma's impressive bottom-line results flow from Six Sigma projects. Properly defined Six Sigma projects meet certain criteria such as:
- Clearly defined deliverables.
- Approved by management.
- Size of projects is such that they're neither unmanageable nor so small that they're unimportant or uninteresting.
- Relate directly to the organization's mission
APS has successfully introduced Six Sigma concepts and integrated them with other process improvement initiatives such as CMMI® and ISO 9001. APS offers the following services:
- Six Sigma Training, (including Green belt and Black belt) (refer to APS Training page)
- Selection of the project
- Selection of methodology (DMAIC, DMADV, DFSS)
- Evolving project charter
- Usage of appropriate Six sigma tools
- Tollgate Reviews