Reducing variability and enhancing quality through Six Sigma | ALC Training News

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In today's digital world, companies and organisations alike are becoming data driven. As such, job offerings are requiring workers to have a background in data-focused frameworks, such as ITIL certification or IT project management training. 

One data-driven quality management best practice that tends to fly under the radar is the quality best practice Six Sigma. But what is it and how can it help you find employment?

One data-driven quality management best practice that tends to fly under the radar is the quality best practice Six Sigma.

What is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is typically not the first best practice methodology you hear about. Unlike ITIL certifications and PRINCE2 training, which tend to have a 'rock-star' reputation, Six Sigma is less well known. However, this does not make it any less valuable and attractive to employers. 

Six Sigma is a methodological approach to project management that aims to reduce the variability in any process. Specifically, it is a data-first best practice for removing defects by implementing the Six Sigma improvement projects. To achieve this, the best practice uses two sub-methodologies: DMAIC and DMADV. 

The first, Six Sigma DMAIC process (define, measure, analyse, improve, control) is aimed at optimising and enhancing existing processes that are failing to meet key performance indicators. On the other hand, the Six Sigma DMADV process (define, measure, analyse, design, verify) aims to develop new processes or products that corroborate with the Six Sigma quality standard. 

Who is using Six Sigma?

Its adaptability and wide implementation possibilities make studying Six Sigma as viable as attaining an ITIL certification. As such, there are a number of high-value companies and organisations that currently employ Six Sigma to enhance their supply chain and help develop projects that run to a higher standard. 

One example is General Electric (GE). According to their website, to stay competitive and continuously attract customers, GE employs Six Sigma in an effort to remove error and implement quality. The value GE draws from Six Sigma is its central idea of measuring defects in a process and systematically developing approaches to eliminate them – with the end goal of being as close to zero defects as possible. 

To achieve this, GE must ensure that there are no more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities within a single process. An opportunity is a moment that can allow for a nonconformance or a failure to meet the specified standard or quality outlined by the Six Sigma methodology. 

Sigma is a data-driven quality methodology.Sigma is a data-driven quality methodology.

Why choose Six Sigma?

While Six Sigma is not a career per se, there is a wide range of roles that employ Six Sigma and thus are on the look out for workers with a certification and experience. 

Like PRINCE2 training, Six Sigma can help enhance your attraction to organisations and companies that wish to employ a project management professional. Additionally, this offers Six Sigma practitioners the opportunity to work as an employee or as a consulting agent. 

In either scenario, an employer will be looking at not just your credentials but also the training provider you attained them from. To get the best out of your training, talk to the experts in the field of Six Sigma – contact ALC Training today

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