We have written on Six Sigma, lean tools, the processes of DMAIC, DMADV, and Fortune 500 companies that use Six Sigma methodologies and their successes. The genius that is shared is in the individual stories of Six Sigma methodologies and tools that fix specific issues or create new products or services.
Lately, we have been noticing that many are taking full credit for developing said method and calling it by another name. While Six Sigma programs started back in the 1980’s, many of the concepts and tools used can be traced as far back as the 1920’s.
We have also seen many taking credit and changing the name for DMADV that is used to come up with a completely new product or service. Once again, it follows the specifics of Define-Measure-Analyze-Design-Verify.
DMADV, or many times is called DFSS (Design for Six Sigma) is a template that allows for creativity to have a step-by-step process to follow. Yes, creativity is fluid and everyone has their process, but it’s the fluidity that leaves room for error, so using the structured DMADV process tool is imperative.
Another very important detail is that Six Sigma has a support system and a united group of experts. Continuous education is there for the taking; many of those taking workshops and courses have created lifelong friendships with fellow classmates.
So be aware of those who claim they have invented the wheel. Remember, when there is a problem, it’s there as a learning tool. Using the methodologies to address problems and develop solutions is what has made countless businesses into a success.