Six Sigma and Multitasking

Posted on 24 Jul 2008 by The Manufacturer

Critics have long contended that the further Six Sigma strays from its manufacturing roots, the less effective it becomes. Rob Thompson evaluates...

I’m not sure if this is true, for example, Six Sigma and Lean have been appplied with success in a number of diverse situations such as healthcare and even government.

It seems to me that the problem is one of focus and “consistency of purpose” as Deming would have called it. We need to stop multitasking, jumping from initiative to initiative and concentrate on Six Sigma and/or Lean and really understand the philosophy behind these ideologies and commit to making them work.

Part of the problem is that Six Sigma is often oversold by eager consultants who invest huge sums in advertising the benefits without explaining the long-term difficulties faced in actually sustaining the necessary culture to make it work.

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