What is the Hype Around Six Sigma? And Why Should I Become Certified?

#Business Processes #Process Improvement #Quality Management #Six Sigma

Janine Ordman

Every organization strives for success; otherwise, what’s the point, right? ‘Agile’ and ‘Lean’ aren’t just qualities you’d want in a dancer – they form part of a growing list of methodologies, including Six Sigma, that have been developed in an endeavor to reach and maintain business success. We turn our attention, here, to Six Sigma, which has shown great outcomes in the past when applied correctly. So, what’s all the fuss about?

Why Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is a robust methodology with various frameworks for its implementation, and with multiple concrete benefits; including:

1. When correctly employed, it improves business processes by drawing on data gathered from statistical analysis.

2. It improves processes by identifying and reducing/eliminating process errors, and monitoring them closely to ensure that they continue to serve their purpose effectively – this ensures sustained quality improvement in an organization.

3. The methodology can be applied in virtually any industry, but is a favorite in the manufacturing sphere.

4. Organizations that have employees who are skilled at identifying process errors and defects are, by extension, in a better position to comply with international and local industry standards.

Perfect Solution

Six Sigma is by no means the perfect solution to every problem, and not every person who puts it on their resume will do justice to the methodology. As such, experts advise that practitioners should employ a holistic, context-based approach to Six Sigma and not use it as a one-size-fits-all solution. This is hardly a surprising revelation in a fast-changing work environment.

Although it was developed in the 1980’s, the methodology remains relevant in today’s business world, primarily because Six Sigma’s continuous improvement philosophy aligns with ISO 9001 quality management standards. So, yes, Six Sigma can undoubtedly make a meaningful difference in businesses looking to improve their processes and customer satisfaction.

Course Recommendations:

If you already have a foundational knowledge of this methodology, or would like to learn how Six Sigma can improve your business processes, Coggno has certification courses aimed at varying levels of comprehension to get you started or to sharpen your skills even further:

• Course 1: Six Sigma Overview
• Course 2: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification
• Course 3: Lean Six Sigma DMAIC Project Template
• Course 4: Process Design for Six Sigma

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“Quality cannot be copied; there is no step-by-step cookbook that applies equally to all company situations and cultures.”

– Ernst & Young

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