Volume 6 · Issue 8 · August 2001
Does Your QMS Really Need Six Sigma for Success?
Six Sigma has become the focus of a great deal of attention
among quality professionals and top management due to the
success of organizations in using Six Sigma to improve product
and process quality and their financial performance. Six Sigma
is neither a program that can be dismissed as a fad or marketing
ploy that repackages existing tools and techniques. This introduction
examines some of the issues surrounding Six Sigma and how
it relates to an ISO 9001:2000-based QMS, including questions
organizations need to consider in deciding to pursue Six Sigma,
the linkages between an ISO 9001:2000-based QMS and a Six
Sigma program, a table that captures some of what Six Sigma
is and is not and a summary of facts you need to understand
about Six Sigma.