Six Sigma in Small Businesses

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Six Sigma in small businesses have similar issues to those that occur in larger organizations; e.g., making improvements so the big picture benefits.

The article below provides considerations for implementing Six Sigma in small businesses.

Six Sigma in Small and Larger Businesses

Tabular annual reports, bar charts comparing monthly outputs to previous years, and even balanced scorecards can lead to unproductive activities that significantly drain limited available resources when they do not look at the enterprise as a collection of processes.

An example high-level business metric (satellite-level) is profit, which could be tracked monthly over several years in a time-series fashion and then collectively analyzed to predict the future. Organizations can further benefit when they create and statistically track mid-level functional metrics (30,000-foot-level), which are aligned with the satellite-level metrics.

These so called statistically-based, 30,000-foot-level metrics can yield a reduction in fire-fighting the problems of the day, which can waste much resource. With this approach, decisions that drive priorities for projects become data-based, with the appropriate statistical analysis.

The enhanced business management system of Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) provides the means to put all together the pieces together for small and larger organizations.


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IEE addresses the organizational scorecard and improvement issues described in a one-minute video:


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Contact Us to set up a time to discuss with Forrest Breyfogle how your organization might gain much from an Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) Business Process Management System and its Lean Six Sigma Methodology for small and larger organizations.