CHAPTER 20The Next Step for Six Sigma: Manufacturing Innovation

Manufacturing innovation is currently not part of Six Sigma. But since innovators often use Six Sigma or similar analysis techniques in their work, and since manufacturing innovation is sorely needed in our current economy, it is important for practitioners of Six Sigma to understand what role this methodology can play and how it can assist them in the innovation process.


It is very difficult to teach innovation. In fact, few universities even try. But it is possible to look at some of the traits of innovators and to study case studies of actual manufacturing innovations. From these studies, some lessons can be learned. Here are some common traits ...

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