March 15, 2008

Six sigma implementation strategies

According to Sanders and Hild (2000) there are three general strategies of six sigma deployment:

(1) Six Sigma organisation;

(2) Six Sigma engineering organisation; and

(3) strategically selected projects and individuals.

The first strategy, ``Six Sigma organization'' uses a methodology of training all individuals, in all areas, in the fundamental concepts and tools involved in the application of Six Sigma. Using this method, a high level of awareness can be created throughout an organisation, and a common language and problem-solving approach adopted. The ``Six Sigma engineering organization'' strategy in contrast, however, focuses on training and development within the design and manufacturing engineering departments of the firm. In this case, resources are more focussed and there is an emphasis on project applications. The third category, ``Strategic selection'' as it implies, refers to the development of strategically-selected employees. ``These individuals are assigned complex projects identified by needs and objectives critical to the site or organization'' (Sanders and Hild, 2000). Here there is a great amount of flexibility in training in comparison to the previous two approaches. Training is provided as required by the very strong project focus.


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