Structured to better processes and workflows!
Six Sigma projects according to DMAIC deliberately go through 5 phases in order to achieve improved processes and products in the most target-oriented and timely manner.
The "red thread" in the course of the project is always present - the project manager can take care of technical content with his team. Through this approach, the "WHAT" is in the focus and the "HOW" takes place automatically in the background to support the team!
The following contents can be found in the phases:
In the Define phase, the project is defined by a clearly described task / problem description and desired goals are listed. The project leader and the team are named, the relevant customers who are affected by the topic are known and the process to be considered is clearly delimited.
The Measure phase is about the presentation of the current as-is situation, the most complete possible listing of all influencing variables (inputs), the description of the process performance (outputs) on the basis of statistically comprehensible key figures (process capability) as well as the review of the relevant measurement systems (MSA).
In the analyse phase, the problem is penetrated by statistical means. Depending on the task, the scope of the project and the possibilities for data collection, cause-effect relationships can be identified and proven using multi-vari analyses or complex statistical experimental designs (DOE).
In the Improve phase, solutions are developed based on the results of the Analyze phase and their effects are proven. The best solution is then selected by means of concept selection procedures and finally subjected to a risk analysis before final implementation.
To ensure sustainability, the process is standardised, monitored using key performance indicators with control charts (SPC), work plans are revised and action plans are defined for the process participants. The project is completed and the "lessons learned" are documented.