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Is Six Sigma Dead?
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Is Six Sigma Dead?

Publication:
Quality Progress
Date:
October 2011
Issue:
Volume 44 Issue 10
Pages:
pp. 22-28
Author(s):
Weeks, J. Bruce,
Organization(s):
Quality Engineering Consultants LLC, Charlotte, MI
The copyright of this article is not held by ASQ.

Abstract

Reports indicate that Six Sigma may be obsolete or worse. A QualPro study found that over 80 percent of large companies using Six Sigma trailed the S&P 500 since implementing it. The root causes of this Six Sigma’s repeated failures include lack of leadership commitment, incorrect accounting, poor integration with organizational culture, local thinking and lack of communication with employees. By correcting these failures and bad attitudes and giving improvement teams recognition and opportunities for further advancement, quality professionals can revive Six Sigma.

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