Six Sigma and Dieting

Posted by: meikah | 24 November 2009 | 8:31 pm

It’s Thanksgiving Day, and so I know it’s not a good time to be talking about dieting. Well, you can always go back to dieting after Thanksgiving.

Now, why am I talking about Six Sigma and dieting? Can we apply Six Sigma in dieting? Well, it depends, and it is worth looking into really.

What I’d like to share with you today is the similarity between Six Sigma deployment and dieting. Here is a look at Six Sigma and dieting side  by side.

  • Old habits are hard to break.
  • Maybe you pile on extra helping of stuffing, skip jogging on rainy days, order whole-milk lattes instead of non-fat. And before you know it the scale is back up where it started.
  • The alternate takes more discipline: You decide to control your weight by keeping an eye on your eating and exercising processes and by keeping some charts on your weight and eating patterns.
  • You even manage to get your cholesterol down, and people say you’re looking great.
  • Six Sigma companies face much the same challenge as the dieter.
  • When Process Improvement or Design projects achieve their goal of reducing defects, discipline is essential to sustain the results. It’s more complicated than losing weight, of course, because a process involves many people, not just the dieter.
  • Do Six Sigma gains ever fade when solutions are turned over to full-time operations? Do dieters ever gain back lost pounds?
  • Even when improvement “sticks,” a Six Sigma company faces another challenge similar to the dieter’s: Those first few pounds tend to come off easily, but they get harder to shed off as you go.
  • Without a sustained, focused effort, the beginning drive for improvement will lost energy and your company will become a former Six Sigma organization.

This is taken from Incorporating Six Sigma.

Filed under: Dieting, Six Sigma

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