True enough, I learned a lot of new things about Six Sigma, process improvement strategies that many Philippine-based companies have been using.
The key speaker of that conference was none other than the premier Six Sigma practitioner in the Philippines: Dan Lachica, President and CEO of First Philec Solar Corporation.
According to Lachica, Six Sigma is three things:
And then he went on to offer a simplified definition of DMAIC, a breakthrough strategy:
Define – Define the project GOAL & customer (internal & external) deliverables.
Measure – Establish a deeper understanding of the problem by searching for the potential root causes.
Analyze – Analyze and determine the root causes of the problem.
Improve – Implement the best parameter settings that will solve the problem and lead to improvement.
Control – Implement control system to sustain the improvement.
Dan Lachica also believes that to achieve operational excellence, a company has to create and nurture a Six Sigma culture. And Six Sigma alone cannot do the trick. With the present challenges in the business and economy, one needs a collaboration of all relevant strategies and work them out efficiently together.
Thus, he develops the Lachica Model:
Integrate Lean, Lean Sigma, Six Sigma, BPM/MBNQA/PQA, ISO, and TQM