Six Sigma Forum News - February 2003 - ASQ

Six Sigma Forum News - February 2003

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Forum Membership Tops 14,000

As of January 2003, the Six Sigma Forum has more than 14,000 members.

These members represent a diverse group of Six Sigma professionals, ranging from the beginner to the Master Black Belt (MBB). More than 20% of all members are Black Belts, MBBs, Champions or executives. About 25% come from countries other than the United States.

Six Sigma Forum is a Web based membership for Six Sigma practitioners of all experience levels. Members can network and learn from each other online through discussion boards and in person at events like the Six Sigma Forum Roundtable.

For more information, visit www.sixsigmaforum.com.


Web site Redesign Launch Planned

At press time, the Six Sigma Forum was planning a launch of its redesigned Web site at www.sixsigmaforum.com. Forum members will find new features and enhancements intended to provide an easier, more intuitive user experience.

New features include:

  • A glossary of Six Sigma and quality terms.
  • A channel devoted to Six Sigma beginners.
  • “Faces Behind the Forum,” profiles of the design team that created ASQ Six Sigma Forum.
  • An events calendar.

Expanding the site’s focus on editorial content, the redesign also enables more frequent article updates, provides more interactive opportunities and offers online content tools. Other enhancements include improvements to account maintenance features.

“The redesign of our Web site gives us the opportunity to add more value for members, as well as the freedom to continue to grow and add benefits to Forum membership,” said Jeanine Becker, Six Sigma Forum program manager.

Plans for future additions to member benefits offered through the site will be rolled out in phases. In progress are a members only book collection and instant account updates. Members will continue to have access to the “Find a Member” and discussion board features of the current design.

In addition, new members of the Forum now have instant access to all the Web site’s features. Upon completing and submitting their online applications, new members will receive via e-mail the information they need to access the site, allowing them to become active Forum participants as soon as they join.


New Case Study on Change Management Available

Recent content updates to the Six Sigma Forum Web site include a change management case study from Jordan Cement Factories (JCF). A series of articles contributed by project champion Muhannad Al Nabulsi details the change initiative JCF implemented to privatize and globalize the company.

The primary article outlines the changes in management, structure and culture JCF introduced. Supplementary articles explain the structure of employee accountability and empowerment that made the project successful, as well as the strategies that helped establish a new working culture.

The JCF case study series joins more than 100 articles that have been published on the Forum Web site since its launch in May 2001. At least three-fourths of these tutorials, case studies and perspectives pieces are original and exclusive to the Forum Web site.

To read the JCF case study and other articles, or to contribute your own case study, visit www.sixsigmaforum.com.

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