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DMADV Project Saves $2 Million for Brazilian Mining Company

Samarco CS2 Fig2In this case study, a Six Sigma team at a Brazilian mining company developed a low-energy iron ore pellet to meet customer needs and internal goals. Using quality tools the team saved the company more than $2 million annually.

Using Six Sigma in Your Personal Life

Quality for Life Logo - SmallIn this Quality for life video, Kevin Holston, a certified Black Belt, shares how he uses Six Sigma tools in his everyday life, including providing humorous examples of how keeps his life in order and on track.

New Heights

QP Feb 2016 coverFor many, a modified version of Six Sigma’s define, measure, analyze, improve and control (DMAIC) method can improve a companies’ translation processes. In this QP article (open access), read how applying Six Sigma can achieve accurate, effective translation.

Using Six Sigma to Improve a Florida ER

Sandy Furterer Q4LUsing six sigma, Sandy Furterer and her team were able to identify the bottlenecks in a Florida ER, allowing them to create solutions for each problem area. Watch this Quality for Life episode.

Building Momentum

SSFMv15n1In this open access article from the latest Six Sigma Forum Magazine, author Chris Hayes explains how using the first law of motion can accelerate your lean transformation. Subscribe to SSFM.

Let It Flow

SSFMv14i2In February's Six Sigma Forum Magazine, Dennis R. Delisle and Kathleen Jaffe detail how Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia used lean strategies to improve perioperative patient flow.

Quality Account

SSFM v14 i1 coverIn the November issue of Six Sigma Forum Magazine, Tewogbade Shakir Adeyemi discusses developing Six Sigma metrics for scorecards in the bank account-opening process.
Download the article (PDF).

30,000-Foot-Level Performance Metric Reporting

SSFMv13i2 coverAn article by Forrest W. Breyfogle III for the February issue of Six Sigma Forum Magazine offers insights on understanding and improving processes from a bird's-eye viewpoint.

Costs and Savings of Six Sigma Programs

QMJv19i4A study of 28 organizations shows that effective implementation of Six Sigma led to an average savings of 1.7 percent of revenues over the period of implementation and an average return of more than $2 in direct savings for every dollar invested.

Read the study (PDF, open access) in the October 2012 issue of Quality Management Journal.  

Creative Combination

FishboneWhen potential root cause analysis through a fishbone diagram alone does not offer obvious direction, try combining the fishbone diagram with a suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, and customers (SIPOC) diagram and a cause and effect matrix to jump-start a lean Six Sigma project.


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