Small Six Sigma vs Big Six Sigma
Beware the pathology of bigness!
Over the last decade, I have had the opportunity to work with companies from healthcare to aerospace. I've found a way to leverage the methods and tools of Six Sigma to create breakthrough improvements every time. I’ve helped companies save millions of dollars, and shave weeks and months off sloth-like processes. And so can you. And you can do it with a minimum investment that will generate maximum results.
The difference between Big Six Sigma and
Six Sigma "Lite" is:
- To boost returns, narrow your focus
- To increase adoption of Six Sigma, reduce the number of people involved
- To increase learning, reduce training
- Instead of an All-Or-Nothing approach to Six Sigma, use a Crawl-Walk-Run approach.
- Don't worry about top leadership commitment,get the commitment of your informal leaders!
Warning! Over one-third (33%) of all Six Sigma efforts fail.
A recent study done by Quality Digest Magazine found that only 64% of respondents said that Six Sigma has significantly improved profitability and that many companies seem to be abandoning Six Sigma after 2-3 years.
Pathetic! The costs of these failures can run into the millions for wasted training and teams. Unfortunately, most companies are using the same, dumb implementation strategy they used for TQM on Six Sigma! Don't let your Six Sigma implementation fail.
Traditional Six Sigma training can take up to four weeks and $40,000 for a Blackbelt and one week and $5,000 for a Greenbelt. Since these are classroom trainings, 90% of this information will be lost within 48-72 hours.
In the early 1990s, I taught TQM this way. They were great trainings. People loved them. But after participants went back to their job and tried to catch up from being gone for a week, it was weeks or months before they tried to put what they'd learned into practice.
I became dissatisfied with the pathetic results from this kind of training and started to benchmark the strategies of NLP–Neuro-Linguistic Programming, because NLP instructors could teach things in a way that everyone learned and, more importantly, retained.
Learn a proven, research-based method to implement Lean Six Sigma (or anything else for that matter) in ways that ensure success with substantially lower risk.
The secret? Harness the power of "diffusion" to "crawl-walk-run" your way to success. Over 50 years of research into how cultures adopt, adapt, or reject changes like Six Sigma proves that a series of small successful projects will optimize your chances of success.
Rather than train everyone in Six Sigma, doesn't it make more sense to only train those employees laser-focused on fixing the 4% of the business causing over half the waste and rework? Wouldn't it make sense to train these employees "just in time" so that the learning isn't lost from lack of use?