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What is Six Sigma?

The Art and Science of Six Sigma: A Journey Towards Process Perfection

The world of Six Sigma! How well I still recall that day when I heard about this term, for the first time, during a quality management seminar. It feels like a word from some sci-fi movie but the more I have learned about Six Sigma, the more appreciation I have grown for it. In this blog, we will explore the world of Six Sigma and our quest for perfection in every action we take.

The Genesis of Six Sigma

Step back into the late 1980s in Motorola, a home for innovation and a field for the common target of quality. This is where Six Sigma was born, not as methodology but as a vision of quality without comparison.

Its victory the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in 1988 was the first step on its almighty path, but by the mid-90s, it became a key element of General Electric strategy. These brief allusions underline the relevance and versatility of Six Sigma.

It wasn’t just a handful of companies who were playing around with Six Sigma by 2006 either; nearly 90 percent of the Fortune 500 giants were doing it and managed to save about 100 billion dollars in the process .

Take a moment to consider this figure. However, it isn’t just about savings; it’s more about dedication to quality and perfection.

The Essence of Six Sigma

Six Sigma focuses more on controlling process variability critical in improving performance and profitability. Imagine being a detective with the data as suspects, wanting to identify and eliminate inefficiencies and defects.

This approach drives operation excellence and large improvements in financial results, representing the systematic quest for perfection using data. I

So, who is going to detect the detective? That would be the Black Belts of Six Sigma . Those guys, with the support of deep subject-matter knowledge and a systematic approach, drive projects lasting from 4 to 6 months, resulting in breakthrough change.

Have you seen the infamous Lean around? Then, chances are you will recognize some of the tools found in the Six Sigma repertoire . The Lean-Six Sigma alignment, with DMAIC as its flagship framework, is a proficuous symbiosis in terms of improving productivity and eliminating waste.

Six Sigma by the Numbers

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Why Should You Care?

Then you ask yourself “Is Six Sigma for me?”. Irrespective of whether you are a business executive, a quality advocate, or an individual who values experienced performance, the concept of Six Sigma completely changes your perspective on processes and quality . It is more than just a manufacturing doctrine; it can be applied to any other form of business, from services to health care and much more.

Bringing It All Together

To conclude our tour of Six Sigma, remember that it is not just a toolbox nor a certificate. It is an attitude, a drive to excel, and a never-ending search for perfection. Whether you are a beginner, or a passionate learner who wants to expand your knowledge, the Six Sigma universe can open up unlimited learning possibilities.

And here’s a tip for those eager to embark on this journey: start small, think big, and never stop asking, “How can we do this better?” The path of Six Sigma is challenging, but the rewards—both personal and professional—are immense.


Have you seen the fruits of Six Sigma improved in your regular job? Do you have any remarks or inquiries on how to hit the ground running? I hope to connect the dots further and have an in-depth conversation with you on this riveting topic, which has turned root businesses and nature careers across the world.

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