There are many processes involved in six sigma training. Some of them are basic features and some are advanced. Here, in this article, I am going to share a basic feature of the training DMAIC – Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control.
Before we start discussing the procedure let’s have a look at the preliminary options. Before starting any improvement process, one has to check the prospect of that project; whether it is going to improve his or her career or not.
Characteristics of a good project for improvement
- A definite problem within the process
- The process must have revenue increasing potential as well as must have the efficiency to reduce the cost for improved efficiency
- Must have sufficient data
As the name suggests, it is the project defining phase. In this phase, you will select the project that need to be fixed. It is the first step of DMAIC. During this phase, the project leaders develop a Project Charter, produce an advanced outlook of the process, and start to comprehend the requirements of the customers. It is a critical phase because in this phase the real problem is identified and failing to do this properly will make numerous hazards in the later phases.
The performance of the project is measured in this phase. Measurement is critical all along the life of a project and since the team emphases on data collection they have two things to take into account: marking the initial point or baseline of the process and searching for evidence to know the origin of the process. Data collection, which is the main part of this phase, is time-consuming and putting an effort in this phase is a must for a better solution.
Analysis of the collected data is done in this phase. It is often tangled with the Measure Phase. The team involved in Measure phase has to consult with the analysis team, because the team of analysis phase reviews the collected data and they may choose to alter some of the data collection plan to contain additional statistics. The process continues as the team verifies the collected data and narrows the root causes of the problem and determine the process involving more costs.
It is the phase doing most of the improvement. In this phase, the team finds the solution of the problem analyzes them and applied them to the process. The first part of this phase is understanding the problem and developing a feasible solution. The next part is to apply it successfully to the project.
This phase develops the way to endure the newly achieved improvement. One may term it as a miniature form of project management.
DMAIC is a management system that results in a steady stream of projects that are ready to be improved. It is obvious that a process which is ready for improvement contained hurdles. However, it is the well-organized six sigma training process that will solve that hurdles and will move the project along the way of betterment. Once the project is defined, you may use DMAIC for further polishing the projects and transport computable and justifiable outcomes.