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How Software Systems Are Aiding Six Sigma Implementations

May 31, 2008
These software systems were non-existent at the time when Six Sigma was used for the first time in the late seventies by Motorola Corporation, but now they have become an inseparable part of each and every Six Sigma quality improvement project. This is mainly because business processes have become more complex over the years, generating mountains of raw statistical data that is virtually impossible to compile and analyze manually.

This is why it has become necessary for businesses to invest in advanced software systems that automate the whole process and make available the requisite information quickly and accurately.

What Makes Six Sigma Software Systems So Effective?

Well, it's simply because most of these software systems are quite versatile. They can handle different types of raw data generated by different business processes in different functional departments that might exist in a business organization. Most of these software systems have essential inbuilt functionalities such as 'data repositories' that enable Six Sigma professionals to gain access to critical data as and when needed.

The best part is that accessing data from the repositories is quite easy and in most cases, does not take more than a few seconds. By using these essential functionalities, implementation team members are thus able to make the most accurate assessments of ongoing Six Sigma implementation projects. The functionalities also enable them to gauge the exact level of process improvements that might have been effected by the ongoing Six Sigma implementation projects.

Businesses are thus in a better position to identify potential mistakes and take corrective action as soon as possible.

How They Are Being Utilized?

Apart from data collection, storage, retrieval, and analysis, Six Sigma software systems also perform many other critical tasks such as selecting quality improvement projects that can be implemented in the least possible costs. The thing to remember here is that the software does this by analyzing data based on different criterions as might have been set by the Six Sigma professionals.

After analysis, the software generates crucial reports and results that make it easier for Six Sigma professionals to take the most appropriate decisions regarding project selection. This also helps in reducing interpersonal conflict - because when a decision is based on scientifically generated facts and figures, most organizational members associated with the implementations readily agree to it.

In most cases, the absence of interpersonal conflict helps to promote unity and harmony among those who might have been chosen to work as a team to achieve Six Sigma quality improvement goals and objectives.

Six Sigma software systems may be quite effective, but businesses should never forget that the effectiveness of these software systems depends a lot on the level of expertise of those who might be using them. This is why businesses should make it a point to provide the right training to everyone who might use the software.

It will help businesses to realize the full potential of these software systems, which in turn will go a long way in ensuring the success of the ongoing Six Sigma implementations.
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 six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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