Six Sigma in Plain English

You’ve probably noticed that as Six Sigma and other lean management strategies have become more widely adopted, the jargon their practitioners use has also multiplied.  Take, for instance, the acronyms JIT, QRM, SIPOC–or even the names of the practices themselves, as in DFSS. So when a collogue contacted me to give me the link to a recent blog he had posted, I was pleased to follow the link and find that what he has produced is a plain English primer and glossary for Six Sigma.  It’s a kind of Six Sigma for Dummies.

It’s a very worthwhile effort–well organized, clearly written, and it reduces the sometimes gnarly ideas behind lean methods to their simplest formulations. Best of all, here, laid out in tables according to their primary purpose, are all the confusingly similar acronyms we use. QFD, QTQ, DMAIC, DMADV–if you can spell it, he can name it and give you a tight working definition of it.

The author of this useful work, is Stephen Jannise. He heads up Enterprise Resource Planning–ERP, right?– for Software Advice, a firm that helps other companies select software best suited for their needs. This means he’s a friend not only to us at Palisade Corporation but to a number of other developers who produce software, and sometimes jargon, for the Six Sigma market. To read the full article, visit: A Plain English Guide to Modern Manufacturing Methods.

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