Does the DMAIC Process support quick wins?
Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) is a methodical approach to continuous improvement focused on data to optimize business processes. This is a foundational tool that supports a Six Sigma approach to problem solving.
How does it support quick wins within a Lean Six Sigma environment? The key is a Lean Six Sigma blend. Often organizations limit opportunities for immediate continuous improvement by strictly following the DMAIC process. This limits the teams from capitalizing on quick wins. It all starts in the Define phase, understanding what problem you are actually trying to solve. Not all problems require the discipline of the DMAIC process. Some just require a clear understanding of the problem and a focused conversation with stakeholders. Don’t forget the ones who actually do the work – Operators. Often these lead to the quick wins focused on immediate problem resolution requiring no additional work, just make a change. It could be as simple as shifting resources or putting in a visual control to mistake proof the process from human error, reducing defects. This is not a one size fits all approach as it depends on the complexity of the problem.
Don’t miss the opportunity to identify quick wins, as the DMAIC process takes time, resources and oversight that may not be necessary depending on the problem your trying to solve.
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