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Six Sigma Work-Outs For Business Organizations

Mar 28, 2008
Now, there are many ways a business can achieve this objective, but if risks are to be avoided, then the best option is to use time-tested process improvement tools and techniques such as Six Sigma.

By using Six Sigma as a workout tool, businesses can easily shed their excess flab, become lean and gain the requisite muscle mass to take on their competitors.

Setting Goals and Objectives

Whenever we plan to start a workout regime for ourselves, we have some basic aims and objectives in mind such as reducing weight or gaining a specified amount of lean muscle mass. These are the very things that keep us motivated all throughout the grueling workout sessions. They also act as a beacon, helping us to find our way amidst the virtual chaos and uncertainty that we often experience when we commit ourselves to a workout plan.

Now since all these factors are also applicable to Six Sigma workouts, businesses need to ensure that the goals and objectives are set well before the start of the workouts. Businesses also need to communicate the same to all the stakeholders involved in order to avoid confusions and confrontations.

Selecting the Right Workout Regime

Just like an individual first considers all the available workout options such as cardio-vascular training, weight training etc. and then only selects the one that best suits his requirements, businesses need to do something very similar if they are to ensure the success of their Six Sigma initiatives. The first thing that businesses need to do is make an assessment of their existing strengths and weaknesses in terms of the efficiency of their existing business processes.

This will make them aware of the exact weak spots that need to be made stronger through Six Sigma workouts. After this, businesses need to analyze the available workout options such as DMADV (Design, Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify), DFSS (Design For Six Sigma), DMAIC (Design, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) etc. and decide which one of them will best work for them. Advanced software simulation tools can be used by businesses to make such assessments and consequently ensure that only the most appropriate workout regime is selected.

However, selecting the right workout regime may not necessarily ensure the success of Six Sigma initiatives, obviously because a lot more depends on how well and how sincerely a business organization follows the workout regime. If the prescribed workout standards and instructions are not followed, businesses will simply fail to achieve the set objectives, just like an individual, who might fail to lose weight due to excess calorie intake or lack of proper commitment to the workout schedule.

So, instead of boasting about the grandiose workout plans, businesses should concentrate more on devising practical solutions that will help in making Six Sigma workouts a reality.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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