Column: Frontiers of Quality: Design for Six Sigma

Article

Mader, Douglas P.   (2002, ASQ and Douglas P. Mader)   SigmaPro Inc.,

Quality Progress    Vol. 35    No. 7
QICID: 18093    July 2002    pp. 82-85
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Article Abstract

[pp. 82-83, 85-86]
[Abstract taken from article]

Many organizations believe design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is a design process when really it is not. DFSS is an enhancement to an existing new product development (NPD) process that provides more structure and a better way to manage the deliverables, resources and trade-offs. DFSS opportunities should be categorized by the size of the effort. Macro opportunities involve the design and development of an entirely new product or service or the major redesign of an existing one. Micro opportunities are smaller in scope and likely pertain to the execution of a subtask within a macro opportunity. The DFSS approach w at the micro level consists of four major steps, known as ICOV:

  1. Identify.
  2. Characterize.
  3. Optimize.
  4. Validate.

Keywords

Design,Product development,Six Sigma


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