Six Sigma Students Helping Companies Boost Performance


Posted by: meikah | 28 March 2011 | 4:17 am

I saw this article on University of Buffalo News Center, and I got interested in this new development. Six Sigma students enrolled at the University at Buffalo can now help companies with their continuous improvement effort.

These students are enrolled in the Six Sigma Black Belt Student Certification program. They can be hosted by a company and they will make that company a case study.

I think this is a good move for students as well as for the companies, a win-win situation. The students get exposed to how things work at the shop floor so to speak and apply the theories they learned from the classroom. The companies, on the other hand, now have the option to host these students or get Six Sigma consultants, whichever works for the company.

Here’s how the program works:

Companies of any size and type may sponsor one or more students. Students pursue a two-semester project targeted at achieving process excellence by eliminating variation. They are supported by a UB Master Black Belt mentor with varied and extensive industry experience, who works with company officials to identify a project that has defined outcomes and achievable results.

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The Benefits of Implementing Six Sigma in Education


Posted by: meikah | 7 December 2009 | 8:41 pm

Six Sigma in Education

Last month, I shared with you how Six Sigma can be incorporated in education in terms of instilling in the minds of the students this quality mindset.

Today, I will share another article about the benefits of implementing Six Sigma in education. This time the focus is on getting the players (teachers, parents of students, and students) into the Six Sigma initiative. The idea is quite interesting really.

How then can Six Sigma be incorporated in education? The workforce in the academic industry would be the teachers while the customers are the parents. The parents are the ones that pay fees, all the while expecting their wards to procure positive qualitative results. Through the improvement of teaching techniques, teachers can then foster positive changes in the performance of the students. This change is actually expected to last all throughout a stipulated time period, for acquired profits to remain consistent.

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Six Sigma in Education


Posted by: meikah | 1 November 2009 | 8:11 pm

Education has become big business. Here in the Philippines for example, we hear and read about schools opening and offering courses that are in demand such as IT and nursing.

There’s nothing wrong actually with having several schools. It becomes a problem when the quality of the educational system suffers. If the quality of instruction is bad, and quality of graduates is mediocre.

Now, if you talk of quality, Six Sigma always comes into the picture. The question is can we use Six Sigma in education? I’m sure we can!

True enough, an article on Six Sigma Zone talks about how to apply Six Sigma to education.

As of a common layman point’s of view, in education, Six Sigma pertains to improving the quality of matter taught, the character generated of the pupils, and the quality of study and school life. With the revolutionary usage of audio-visual devices, like projectors, video conferencing, etc., the students can also be asked to write papers on a particular subject and after the presentation of papers, a discussion can take place on the respective subject. Under this method of imparting knowledge of literacy with quality, the thinking, writing and presentation skills of the students can be kindled.

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“Six Sigma provides a sixth sense for company savings”


Posted by: meikah | 29 September 2008 | 9:23 pm

Syracuse.com carries an article titled as such. According to the article, the method of treating business problems as if they were statistical equations to be solved has saved companies billions of dollars. The Six Sigma course offering at Syracuse University-NY is focusing on this.

In the article, the following points are raised:

  • Motorola saved $17 billion from 1986 to 2004
  • the Six Sigma program, taught online and in classrooms at SU, has saved $4.8 million for local companies; the average return so far is $320,000 on 15 projects
  • Adam Gadway, senior managing engineer at Anaren Inc.: the project he worked on cut lead times in a work cell from 13 days to five, saving the company $21,000; it also provided him with a valuable skill
  • Crucible Specialty Metals is putting department heads through the program to complement its efforts to become more efficient, said President James Beckman; the company has the potential to save $370,000 on two projects it has done so far, and plans to make Six Sigma part of the Geddes steel maker’s culture

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Teaching the Six Sigma Concept Early On


Posted by: meikah | 23 May 2008 | 2:12 am

In a recent press release by Inside Indiana Business, datelined at Muncie, Indiana, students with a minor in process improvement can now earn Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

six sigma educationBall State University is incorporating a nationally recognized business management strategy and an immersive (sic) learning experience into the core of a new minor as a result of a gift-in-kind valued at $1.4 million from a prominent alumnus.

As part of the gift, the university’s School of Extended Education also will offer Six Sigma education training programs as part of its online curriculum.

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We all know the cost of Six Sigma trainings, and so I see this as a good development. Starting them young and instilling in them the value of quality is a good thing. If these graduates one day hold management positions or they start their own business, selling the Six Sigma idea to them won’t be a problem. Buy-in time will be reduced considerably.

I believe in spreading the good news about Six Sigma and any other quality methodologies.

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