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Leading Six Sigma: A Step-by-Step Guide Based on Experience with GE and Other Six Sigma Companies by Roger W. Hoerl, Ronald D. Snee

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Project Selection and Review Questions

17. How do I select good projects?

This question was discussed at length in chapters 4 and 5, so we will only summarize the key points here. First, you want projects to be strategically chosen based on well thought out criteria, rather than selected in an ad-hoc manner. The two main focus areas should be current strategic initiatives, and in any areas in which the organization is experiencing pain, such as a serious complaint by a critical customer. Process baseline and entitlement data is very helpful here.

In general, you should be maintaining a project hopper that identifies potential projects, reviews them, and selects the most promising projects ahead of time. In this way, once a Black Belt completes ...

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