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7. Step 5 - Design for Six Sigma (DfSS)

Step 5 - Design for Six Sigma

DfSS is a systematic and rigorous method to support the development of new products that perform at a Six Sigma quality level right for the start. New products often demonstrate problems during introduction ad ramp up of reduction. Would you like to undergo a serious operation by surgeon who just graduated? Do you recognize that a new car has a higher chance of demonstrating problems in the first year than in the second year? This all has to do with the so- called 'infant mortality' phase of the new product. DfSS brings the process into a controlled state much earlier by focusing on customer requirements and risks at the earliest phase of the development process. Critical requirements and risks will be given extra attention during the development process.

Regularly applying design for Six Sigma is done by black belts, reliability engineers and in some cases by green belts. It requires knowledge about all tools and techniques that are explained in the first 4 steps. Design for Six Sigma is very powerful for industry and high tech companies like electronics and automotive. The approach is not possible in processes that are not data -driven.

Other Topics

What is Six Sigma?
Why does Lean Six Sigma Go Hand in Hand?
Step 1 - Setting the House in Order for Lean Six Sigma Transformation
Step 2 - Creating a Continuous Improvement Culture
Step 3 - Creating Predictable Processes
Step 4 - Six Sigma Implementation - Statistical Process Control
Step 5 - Design for Six Sigma (DfSS)
Short Interval Management
What is DMAIC?
What is Kaizen?