Six Sigma is a business management technique which works to improve the overall quality of production output. Originally developed by Motorola and made famous by GE, six sigma is a systematic attempt to remove all defects from manufactured goods. A defect was defined by Motorola as an output (or product) that does not meet the specifications of the customer.
Six Sigma certification programs will benefit most engineers and managers in many manufacturing companies, because the profitability yield for the improvements made plant-wide will more than pay for the initial educational expense. Plus, your company will have its very own "black belts" (fully-certified six sigma masters) at your beck-and-call—No more needing to outsource to consultants.
The concept of Six Sigma complements lean manufacturing in that it revolves around the incorporation of a number of other quality-management processes, including statistical methods, like data collection, scatter diagrams, and Pareto charts. When implemented within organizations, Six Sigma projects usually involve following a set of defined sequences or steps – with quantified targets. Such targets might be to improve product quality and production process, or even financial conditions.(continued on Page 2)