The SixSig Roundup


Posted by: meikah | 11 July 2011 | 2:26 am

SixSig Roundup

Almost a year after my last roundup, I’m bringing back again the link-loving and see what other blogs are saying about Six Sigma, Lean, Lean Six Sigma and other quality improvement processes.

Let’s start with Mark Graban of Lean Blog, who compiled Dilbert’s strips that touch on Six Sigma or Lean. The strips are amusing and at the same they make you think hard about quality strategies. Check out A Collection of Dilbert Cartoons on #Lean and/or #SixSigma!

Over at Huntington Post, Aaron Hurst shares an interview with Ellen Lambert. the Executive Vice President of the Merck Company Foundation. Ms. Lambert talked about how they are using Six Sigma at Merck to make their processes more efficient and effective. Check out The Positive Side of Negative Space: An Interview With Merck’s Ellen Lambert!

Motley Fool reports that 3M used to lead in the area of innovation. In the recent years, however, 3M appears to have lost its innovation magic when it launched Six Sigma. Perhaps, many of you will disagree but this observation seems to be valid. Check out The Innovation Magic is Gone at 3M!

At PharmaExecBlog, there is an article there that is a good follow up on the case of 3M. Kevin Duffin, senior fellow, translational sciences at Eli Lilly – and a Six Sigma practitioner was asked during the Drug Information Association panel if Six Sigma indeed stifles innovation. Some believe so, others don’t. Weight it out for yourself by checking out DIA: Does Six Sigma Stifle R&D Innovation?

An article on Vision Systems Design, even automated systems to improve inspection processes need Six Sigma. How? Find out at how software seeks to minimize false positives in machine-vision inspection systems.

Filed under: 3M, Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Pharmaceuticals, Quality, Six Sigma, Six Sigma News, Software/Technology

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Innovation of the Week: A Touchscreen iPod Shuffle Could Be a Cool Innovation


Posted by: meikah | 19 August 2010 | 9:46 pm
sixsig innovation of the week

This week’s edition of innovation update features the story about a new generation iPod shuffle.

PCWorld reports:

Is Apple granting touch treatment to the lowliest of iPods, the iPod Shuffle? Maybe, if the rumors are to be believed; and, unlikely as it may seem, a touchscreen iPod Shuffle is actually a good idea.

Rumors of a possible 1.7-inch iPod Shuffle with a touchscreen comes from iLounge, which published a bunch of unsubstantiated details on upcoming Apple devices. My colleague, Ian Paul, already wrote at length about the likelihood of these rumors. But I wanted to take a moment to just want to focus on the iPod, because let’s be honest, with all hoopla over iPads and iPhones, the music player’s just not getting any love.

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Filed under: Apple, Innovation, Innovation Update, Six Sigma, Software/Technology

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SixSig Reference Feature: Six Sigma Control in Software Development – Software Test Professionals – Testing, Quality Assurance, and People


Posted by: meikah | 16 August 2010 | 12:08 am

AnyTechnology shares a good discussion on how Six Sigma figures in software development, especially using the DMAIC tool.

Controls in Software Code
We can help ourselves by performing a set of behaviors designed to reduce or eliminate the anticipated relapse:

* Code reviews
* Code inspections
* Code walkthroughs
* Configuration Reviews
* Static analyzers
* Dynamic analyzers
* White-box testing
* Black-box testing
* Coding standards
* Practicing safe coding

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Filed under: DMAIC, Six Sigma, Software/Technology

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Innovation of the Week: The Apple iPAD


Posted by: meikah | 12 February 2010 | 12:12 am
sixsig innovation of the week

This week’s edition of innovation update features Apple and its new gadget, the iPAD. Some open Internet advocates say that the Apple iPAD will choke innovation.

guardian.co.uk features:

Apple’s new iPad tablet computer could hamper innovation and cause long-term damage if it becomes a hit, according to experts.

Just as Steve Jobs tries to wow the world with the “magical” new device – unveiled on Wednesday at a media-saturated launch event in San Francisco – leading industry figures have told the Guardian that the machine marks a fundamental shift in the way the computer industry works.

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Filed under: Apple, Innovation, Innovation Update, Six Sigma, Software/Technology

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Applying Six Sigma to Web Development, Design, and Usability


Posted by: meikah | 2 December 2009 | 8:48 pm

As I was doing a Google search on applying Six Sigma to e-commerce, I stumbled upon Eric Long’s blog, EBUSINESSBLOG.ORG.

Eric raises some interesting points about why Six Sigma has not been applied yet to web development, design, and usability. He compares web development to manufacturing, and he arranges his observation to the following points:

  • Can Six Sigma be applied to web development, design, and usability?
  • Why Six Sigma is difficult to achieve in web development today.
  • Accept the variables in web development, and apply the concepts of Six Sigma

Read the entry.

Filed under: Deployment, Six Sigma, Software/Technology, Web Development

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Motorola’s Approach to Software DFSS


Posted by: meikah | 24 November 2009 | 11:10 pm

Six Sigma Zone shares Motorola‘s approach to software DFSS.

View the PowerPoint presentation here.

Filed under: DFSS, Motorola, Six Sigma, Software/Technology

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Using Six Sigma Tools in an Agile Software Project


Posted by: meikah | 22 October 2009 | 10:47 pm

An article on iSixSigma Software shows us that Six Sigma tools can also be used in agile software projects, even though the underlying principles of each don’t complement.

The article goes:

Six Sigma’s genesis was in the manufacturing world where one of its primary goals has been to reduce process variation. On the other hand, Agile software development is built on the premise that complex software projects, unlike manufacturing, cannot be successful in an environment using defined process control. Instead, Agile development supports empirical process control that relies on continuous inspection and adaptation of the process used.

Six Sigma offers a groundbreaking way of reducing defects in the end product – something that any software project can definitely use. Hence, it makes a lot of sense to at least evaluate the possibilities of integrating both processes.

Agile software methodologies, based on the principles of the Agile Manifesto, are typically adaptive processes that provide a process framework. This framework guides a development team to build software using a process adapted to suit the domain of the project. This approach actually opens up possibilities of using appropriate tools, including tools of Six Sigma, that can help improve the quality of the product.

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Related posts:
Application of Lean Manufacturing to Software and IT Development
Lean Tools for Agile Software Development 

Filed under: Agile Software, Six Sigma, Software/Technology

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Minitab Quality Companion 3


Posted by: meikah | 11 October 2009 | 9:19 pm

Minitab Quality Companion 3

With Minitab Quality Companion 3, it is “everything you need to manage your Lean Six Sigma and improvement projects in one application.”

Find out more about it HERE.

Filed under: Lean Six Sigma, Minitab, Six Sigma, Software/Technology

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Statistical Software for Six Sigma


Posted by: meikah | 6 October 2009 | 9:31 pm

Six Sigma and data go together. But your Six Sigma effort will only be successful if you know how to make use of your data. You may have good data, complete data, but how to make sense of it is important.

This is where statistics comes in. Peter Peterka writes about the statistical software that works well with your Six Sigma data.

Advanced statistical software such as Minitab or Statgraphics, are very useful if not essential for gathering, categorizing, evaluating, and analyzing the data collected throughout a Six Sigma project. Both Minitab and Statgraphics are powerful full standalone statistical process control software applications for performing statistical analysis. Both are highly recommended for Six Sigma use as they are tools that can help you utilize one of Six Sigma’s biggest advantages: the ability to make better decisions based upon data. They will work with the DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) methodology and Lean Six Sigma.

Both Minitab and Statgraphics are designed to support the Six Sigma philosophy offering a range of tools for graphical analyses, collecting powerful statistics, quality analyses with potential for a range of custom designed uses.

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Filed under: Six Sigma, Software/Technology, Statistics

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