Managing Change in Your Six Sigma Team

Posted by: meikah | 24 March 2010 | 9:08 pm

Change is inevitable. Cliche, but true. Anything is bound to change sooner or later, especially these days when people leave for greener pastures or have left because of streamlining.

During changes, team-based projects are the one that get most affected. New members come in and so adjustments have to be made.

If your Six Sigma team is undergoing changes right now and is facing challenges, here’s a tip from Thomas S. Ostasiewski, PE, PMP. He shared his insights on Six Sigma IQ (non-italics are my thoughts):

  1. Find a way to break down your Six Sigma project into reasonable chunks and celebrate the achievement of each of them. So perhaps before an impending team member’s leaving, you celebrate with the team milestones and achievements.
  2. Bring the others in as needed. If team members realize each one’s value to the team, they will be more receptive to new members coming in.
  3. Make sure you have Champion and management support, and make your expectations in this area clear with your team. Emphasize with your team members the things that are expected of them, “un-reward” or reward them accordingly. Recognition and rewards system when carried out well can strengthen the team.

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