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Six Sigma

Six Sigma is a business management strategy originally developed by Motorola, USA in 1986. Six Sigma became well known after Jack Welch made it a central focus of his business strategy at General Electric in 1995, and today it is widely used in many sectors of industry and at BDA.

Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimising variability in manufacturing and business processes. 

It uses a set of quality management methods including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organisation ('Black Belts', 'Green Belts', etc) who are experts in these methods. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organisation follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets (cost reduction and/or profit increase).

The term Six Sigma originated from terminology associated with manufacturing, specifically terms associated with statistical modeling of manufacturing processes. The maturity of a manufacturing process can be described by a sigma rating indicating its yield, or the percentage of defect-free products it creates. A six sigma process is one in which 99.99966% of the products manufactured are statistically expected to be free of defects (3.4 defects per million). Motorola set a goal of 'six sigma' for all of its manufacturing operations.

Why Does BDA Use Six Sigma?

BDA are Lean Six Sigma practitioners, and favour the application of Six Sigma due to its clear focus on achieving measurable and quantifiable financial returns from projects, its dedication to continuous efforts to achieve stable and predictable process results and its increased emphasis on strong and passionate management leadership and support. It is used by high performance and world-renowned organisations such as Motorola, Dell, Ford, General Electric and Boeing to great success, and BDA believes it can have positive applications on your organisation.

BDA & Six Sigma

Using Six Sigma principles, BDA can streamline your organisation's processes for maximum output, revenue and employee satisfaction. We take a hands-on approach in applying Six Sigma by conducting the following processes:

  • Reviewing your organisation's procedures and output figures and determining if Six Sigma is needed.
  • Mapping out BDA's planned strategic scope of works and creating a timeline for implementation - generally 12-18 months.
  • Approaching the project hands-on, including forming leadership teams, implementing management meetings and working the floor.

For more information, and a free consultation, please contact us here.