Mikel Harry’s Recent Thoughts on Six Sigma and Leadership

Posted by: meikah | 7 October 2008 | 10:11 pm

Mikel Harry, widely recognized as the architect of Six Sigma, was recently interviewed by John Cummings. The transcript was published on Business Finance Magazine online.

Here are some points:

  1. First Six Sigma started as breakthrough tool, then commoditized (where it lacks the creative thinking), and then drifted back toward continuous improvement.
  2. Six Sigma is qualitative, not quantitative, in nature. It’s a way of reasoning in a very scientific deductive way to achieve a dream — without all the data and statistics and everything else.
  3. Six Sigma way of reasoning is a perfect tool for work teams; young people can walk in, pick it up, and lead their teams in a methodical way that guides them to breakthrough.

Read the whole transcript.

The way, Dr. Harry describes Six Sigma is that it is a rigorous discipline, and more importantly it is a science. Pretty interesting!

Filed under: Leadership, Mikel Harry, Six Sigma

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