Six Sigma Forum News - May 2003

Six Sigma Forum News - May 2003


Forum Announces Third Annual Roundtable

ASQ’s Third Annual Six Sigma Forum Roundtable will be at the Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, Sept. 11-12.

Blanton Godfrey, editor of Six Sigma Forum Magazine and dean of the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, will de-liver the keynote address, “The Past, Present and Future of Six Sigma.” Other scheduled speakers include representatives from several Six Sigma leaders.

Presentations will address topics such as project selection, e-learning and workforce development and offer guidance on more technical subjects, such as control charts and program metrics. This year’s presentations include:

  • “Six Sigma in a Down Economy,” Scott Wise, Dell Computer.
  • “Leading and Sustaining a Six Sigma Initiative,” Donna Lee Scaggs, Honeywell.
  • “Developing a Winning Metrics Program,” Gershon Blumstein, EDS.
  • “Building Turbo Teams,” Michael Brassard, Brassard & Ritter.

Session presenters will facilitate discussions on specific topics at focused networking events. Panel discussions and question and answer sessions will also provide networking opportunities.

As in past years, Black Belt certification examinations will be offered prior to the conference opening,

Attendance is limited to 150. For details or to register, call 800-248-1946 (United States and Canada only) or 414-272-8575, or visit

Redesigned Website Launched

Six Sigma Forum’s newly redesigned website is now active at

New features include a glossary of Six Sigma and quality terms and a beginner channel. According to Erin Lade, Six Sigma Forum program administrator, “The glossary and beginner channel will improve our ability to support the needs of the growing group of generalists among our membership.” Currently, more than half of forum members classify themselves as generalists.

Returning members will also notice more frequent editorial updates, with new article tools for storing and sharing content. Each new top story added to the site has a PDF file available for download and a link to the most appropriate discussion board for sharing comments with other members.

New Black Belt Case Study From India

A new case study available on the Six Sigma Forum website details a successful improvement project from Tata Auto Plastic Systems Ltd., a group company of Tata Auto Comp Systems (TACO) in Pune, India. Six Sigma Master Black Belt M. M. Kapadia, head of the quality engineering group at TACO, and his coauthors describe how they improved the quality of painted parts.

To read the complete case study of this four-month DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) project—including project charts, figures and metrics that have been coded for confidentiality—visit and select the Black Belt channel. A discussion of key lessons the TACO team learned from this successful project is also available in the Six Sigma Forum Champion channel.

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