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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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Advice for Ensuring Success of the Six Sigma Initiative

Not every organization that has launched a Six Sigma initiative has obtained the financial benefits it anticipated. Among those that have achieved significant financial benefits, some have certainly done better than others.

Key Initiative Success Criteria

In Chapter 2 we reviewed four specific companies' experiences with Six Sigma, and based on these examples we identified the key success criteria for the overall Six Sigma initiative in Chapter 3. These key success criteria were:

  • Committed leadership

  • Top talent

  • Supporting infrastructure

Each successful deployment of Six Sigma that we are aware of has had each of these criteria. Similarly, the root causes of each less-successful deployment ...

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