Integration of Six Sigma With Other Strategic Initiatives

Over the past 10-15 years many companies have implemented an ISO 9000 quality management system, used the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence (Baldrige National Quality Program [2002]) to assess and improve the performance of their organization, or adopted lean manufacturing concepts. The popularity of these and other strategic initiatives raises the question: “How does Six Sigma fit with ISO 9000 (or Baldrige, Lean, etc.)?” The short answer is that there is a very good fit between Six Sigma and modern quality management systems, as shown in Figure 7-2 (Snee [1999b]). We will discuss Lean manufacturing later in this chapter.

Figure 7-2. Integration of Quality Systems

Each quality ...

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