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School of Six Sigma

Introduction to Six Sigma

Six Sig­ma is a dis­ci­plined, data-dri­ven con­tin­u­ous improve­ment method­ol­o­gy designed to solve prob­lems using sta­tis­ti­cal analy­sis to iden­ti­fy and elim­i­nate defects.

The prac­tice was ini­tial­ly devel­oped by Motoro­la in the 1980s in an effort to catch up with Japan­ese com­peti­tors (who, at the time, were pro­duc­ing high­er-qual­i­ty TVs) by bring­ing Japan­ese qual­i­ty con­trol meth­ods to the US pro­duc­tion line.

Like Lean, Six Sig­ma is a con­tin­u­ous improve­ment method­ol­o­gy that aims to improve prod­ucts, process­es, and ser­vices — and by exten­sion, deliv­er more val­ue to the end-con­sumer.

That said, Lean and Six Sig­ma apply a dif­fer­ent mind­set and approach to achieve those gains. At a basic lev­el, Lean improves qual­i­ty by going after waste and increas­ing veloc­i­ty, while Six Sig­ma strives for per­fec­tion by attack­ing vari­abil­i­ty. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that.

In this Six Sig­ma intro­duc­tion course, we’ll intro­duce Six Sig­ma, Lean, and how both prac­tices work togeth­er to cre­ate a cul­ture of con­tin­u­ous improve­ment in any work environment.

What You’ll Learn in this Online Six Sigma Introduction Course

While it might seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive, our Six Sig­ma Intro­duc­tion Course looks at both Six Sig­ma and Lean method­olo­gies in the same foun­da­tion­al video series. Build­ing a sus­tain­able, con­tin­u­ous improve­ment prac­tice isn’t about choos­ing one method­ol­o­gy over the oth­er: It’s about giv­ing your peo­ple the tools they need to solve prob­lems, reduce waste, and bring more val­ue to the consumer. 

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Benefits of this Gemba Academy Introduction to Six Sigma Course

Gem­ba Academy’s Intro­duc­tion to Six Sig­ma Course is the first install­ment in our School of Six Sig­ma video train­ing pro­gram, and is designed to pro­vide learn­ers with a basic under­stand­ing of both method­olo­gies and how they can work togeth­er in a sin­gle con­tin­u­ous improve­ment practice.

We’ll also shed some light on our phi­los­o­phy regard­ing Lean and Six Sig­ma. While both are pow­er­ful sys­tems for dri­ving orga­ni­za­tion­al trans­for­ma­tion, Lean is a bet­ter sys­tem for improv­ing the entire busi­ness, and Six Sig­ma is more of a prob­lem-solv­ing method­ol­o­gy that can enhance any exist­ing Lean practice.

Sub­scribers get access to our entire con­tent library, includ­ing the School of Six Sig­ma, School of Lean, and Gem­ba Acad­e­my Live!, our vir­tu­al tour series that goes behind the scenes of real com­pa­nies’ improve­ment journeys.

Take the first step in your con­tin­u­ous learn­ing jour­ney. Watch the first install­ment in this Six Sig­ma Intro­duc­tion Course (and any mod­ule) for free to get a quick primer on Six Sigma.