Six Sigma for Small- and Medium-sized Businesses
Six Sigma for Small- and Medium-sized Businesses
The traditional implementation approach is a major barrier to entry for smaller and mid-sized companies. Smaller and mid-sized organizations can implement Six sigma at a pace where they can actually digest the methodology and achieve benefits


The  traditional  implementation  approach  is  a  major  barrier  to  entry  for  smaller and  mid-sized companies. Smaller  and  mid-sized  organizations can  implement Six sigma  at  a  pace  where  they  can  actually  digest  the  methodology  and  achieve benefits  without  the  significant resource commitment  and overhead structure  of  the  traditional  approach.

Organizations  are  sometimes  able  to  achieve  more  impressive  benefits  than  their  larger  customers.


Scaleable Six Sigma by ISEL Global – How It Works


Below is a brief eight-step process for a Six Sigma green belt certification execution process I recommend for smaller and medium businesses:

1. A Six sigma  strategy is developed. The strategy, implementation approach and projects are aligned to the organization's  strategic plan and customer requirements. Communication  and awareness building are included in this step.

2. Implementation planning is done.  Beyond the overall program, this includes defining objectives, scope, goals, priorities, work plans, deliverables, baseline performance, and expected performance/financial improvements for a pool of high-impact Six sigma  projects.


3. Team  formation  and  the  education  plan start at the same time. Background  and  focus  for  the teams is provided by the  Six sigma  strategy  definition  and  implementation planning. Sample  issues,  data  and  examples  from  their  actual processes are included in the  education that  is tailored  to  business needs.


4. Champion  education is  where executives  learn  about  the  Six sigma process.  Executives  focus  on  how  to  lead,  structure,  and  mentor  a  successful  effort  through  several  exercises.

The  same  commitment and  leadership is needed  in  smaller  and  mid-sized companies  as it is  in  larger  companies.


5. A  group  of  25  individuals are required to  complete  Green  Belt certification.  Six sigma is the focus of the  education  but  it also  includes  Kaizen  and  Lean.

 I think  a  program  should  stress  deployment  of  the  right  tools  to  the  right  opportunities,  because  not  all  problems  require  a  complex  statistical  approach.

There Is A Better Way

Smaller  and  mid-sized  organizations can  achieve  results  at  a  more  manageable pace with a  scaleable  approach  to  Six sigma.  The  Six sigma  deployment  model is not  practical  for  every  company  or  organization,  and  other  deployment  models  should  be  explored.

 The  right  deployment model  can  be used  to  bring  smaller  and  mid-sized  companies  into  the fold