The team at Lewis-Price & Associates, Inc. offers a wide range of training programs to help your employees learn and grow. Six Sigma training is just one type of course that we offer, and its principles are particularly relevant to companies that are adjusting the way they do things in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are three ways that you can apply the principles of Six Sigma in your workplace. Consider offering Six Sigma training to your staff, and be sure to contact the team at Lewis-Price for all of your training and staffing needs!
Use DMAIC to Refine Current Workflows
With many businesses moving towards telework and scaled-back operations, now is an excellent time to examine and refine the way that your company operates. One of the key methodologies of Six Sigma is DMAIC: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control. Now is an excellent time to apply DMAIC, as your team will likely be faced with new restrictions and limitations to work around. Work as a group to define the needs and goals of your staff and clients. Measure your current process by collecting data, then analyze what you have collected. Brainstorm ways that you can improve your processes, then ensure that there are control methods in place to prevent a breakdown in the process.
Apply DMADV to New Processes
Changes to your business or industry may be so rapid, drastic, or widespread that you have to create entirely new processes to continue producing your products or services. You may even find that you are offering different products or services altogether. Another main focus of Six Sigma training is DMADV, which is ideal for creating new processes. Slightly different from DMAIC, DMADV requires that you Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, and Verify. With this methodology, the first three steps are very similar to DMAIC. The only difference is that instead of measuring your current process, you must measure the essential characteristics of your product, the risks associated with producing your product, your product’s capabilities, and your production capabilities. Once you have thoroughly analyzed your data, your team must work to design a new workflow and verify that it works.
Reexamine Your Company Culture
While DMAIC and DMADV are crucial, one of the greatest assets of Six Sigma training is a shift in your company’s culture. Six Sigma stresses the importance of collaboration among all levels of a business, from entry-level employees to every level of management. Emphasize the importance of working across all levels and departments collaboratively. By following these steps and collaborating with your staff, you can more effectively navigate any unexpected changes.
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