Achieving operational excellence goes beyond the integration of organizational structures and leadership development. To come up with a business strategy that is more reliable and consistent than the competition, organizations have to strive to achieve more consistent, capable, and repeatable processes that deliver results all the time, every time.
That is why Six Sigma has become of the primary methodology in every operational and process excellence initiative in organizations. Six Sigma helps accomplish this vital objective by helping in the systematic identification, quantification, and elimination of performance variations in processes. Here’s how to deploy the Six Sigma approach to ensure success:
The Preparation Phase
Leadership plays a huge role when it comes to implementing initiatives that will change the way an organization operates. According to Peter Peterka, a leading consultant on the Lean Six Sigma methodology, the full support, participation, and leadership of both top and mid-level management and the deployment of the right infrastructure is critical to success.
Here are the key objectives in the preparation phase:
- Review the organization’s annual operational and strategic goals and objectives
- Review and baseline the organization’s current performance based on KPIs
- Develop a comprehensive project evaluation and selection strategy to ensure all projects support the organization’s goals and objectives
- Conduct a Six Sigma training workshop to prepare your leadership team in successfully launching and deploying Six Sigma as part of the operational excellence initiative
- Identify, evaluate, and select the initial wave of projects to be defined in the initial Six Sigma phase
The Initiation Phase
This phase involves the development of an approved Six Sigma project charter for each organizational project by the assigned project manager. It also includes a comprehensive financial analysis of each of the planned projects by the in-house finance team, as well as the selection process of the most appropriate Six Sigma Black or Green Belt to undergo training.
That could be the team leader or the project manager for a specific project, supported by the organizational project lead or champion. In most cases, organizations may want to work with a Six Sigma consultation to help them apply the right methodologies to streamline project management processes to ensure operational excellence.
The Execution Phase
The execution phase in the deployment approach begins with reviewing and finalizing the Six Sigma project charter by the project champion, the Green Belt or the Black let, and the assigned Master Black belts. This is where a customized approach to execution matters most through proper training and certification programs designed to meet specific needs.
By effectively integrating training and project execution, organizations can provide a proven development approach when evaluating the competence of key players while at the same time, creating sustainable results in Six Sigma deployment quickly.
The Evaluation Phase
The evaluation phase is the final step in deploying Six Sigma in an organization. It ensures that processes and systems are appropriately defined and implemented as planned by the organizational leadership team to review progress made, successes achieved, and challenges faced during the execution phase.
Evaluating these key steps ensures that leadership can take appropriate countermeasures to strengthen the Six Sigma deployment cycle. Organizations must ensure that every single individual is engaged in the deployment process to ensure constant advancement and operational excellence.
By utilizing the standards of operational excellence and Six Sigma methodologies, organizations can choose and evaluate the correct operations and processes in accordance with their business strategies. The goal is to create a management philosophy that helps develop and sustain a workplace culture that is built around continuous improvement.
Organizations that can aggregate all their activities around a singular vision are able to achieve operational excellence. They can exceed customer expectations while dramatically improving their quality standards through the proven principles of Six Sigma.