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Volume 6 · Issue 8 · August 2001


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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.