There’s been some industry discussion that Six Sigma, the longtime standard of quality implementation, isn’t what it used to be—that in fact, for a growing number of companies, it is actually more of a negative than a positive.
For example,a 2007 study by QualPro revealed that 53 of 58 large companies that use Six Sigma have trailed the S&P 500 since they implemented it.
Others maintain Six Sigma is outdated and being replaced by newer methods, such as the theory of constraints and systems thinking.
However, don’t be too quick to dump Six Sigma—it’s still the same; the difference is in the way companies use it today, especially when dealing with an increasingly fast-paced and competitive global marketplace. Companies simply aren’t taking enough time and attention to implement Six Sigma properly. (more…)