You may hear that Lean Six Sigma is only for the improvement of existing processes. That is not true, it is more versatile, but you may not realize it. Design for Six Sigma is a requested class by many organizations because they think it is needed to work on any design or research project. You should know that you can work on these processes without taking any additional classes and be successful. In this webinar we will provide examples of how to re-order the project road map tool sequence in order to use the standard Lean Six Sigma tools to improve design processes and products. Most Lean Six Sigma practitioners do not realize how to apply their tools outside of a typical project to help their organization, and this is a big way to help.
Design for Six Sigma
Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is a lean Six Sigma methodology for the re-design of a product or process. In Design for Six Sigma, initial work is performed to gain an in depth understanding of customer wants, needs and desires. Stakeholders need involvement in every step of the DMADV process to insure the design has quality and meets desired expectations.
The DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify) process is one approach for implementing Design for Six Sigma. 1) The Define phase includes project charter, communication plan, and risk assessment. 2) The Measurement Phase focuses on understanding customer needs and wants and then developing measurable design requirements. 3) In the Analyze Phase, customer information is captured and translated into design performance or functional desired needs. 4) The design phase addresses among other things manufacturing and testing needs. 5) In the verify phase, the design is validated against desired objective.
One of these enhanced Design for Six Sigma examples illustrates an approach for conducting product mean time between failures (MTBF) in development.
An enhanced Design for Six Sigma approach integrates DFSS techniques within an overall business management system. This enrichment for DFSS is accomplished through the Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) methodology.