Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Is Six Sigma worth it

IndustryWeek asks, "Is Six Sigma worth it?" The short answer: it depends. Constraints Management oriented leaders understand that first you need a tool to determine the "weakest link" in your business. In order to focus your efforts. Among the tools used to strengthen that link, may in fact be Six Sigma. Or Lean. Or both. However, before one invests a small fortune (or even a large one!) in tools like Six Sigma or Lean, consider learning more about CMM (Constraints Management Model). H. William Dettmer took the power and focusing energy of Goldratt's Theory of Constraints (TOC) and reengineered it with Boyd's OODA Loop, to create an inexpensive toolbox to focus one's efforts on the important issues first, and then repeatedly, faster than your competition. Simple. But brilliant. Where should you start? First things first: "Purple Curve Effect -- SKI's Throughput on Command" Get my insight on TOC and its application to both personal and professional challenges. The two dollar PDF is a great value. Second, buy Dettmer's "Strategic Navigation" Most readers should skip ahead to chapter four. Dettmer gives a thorough history of strategy and tactics in the first three chapters -- too much detail for some folks. Third, buy one of Goldratt's books on TOC. I like "Critical Chain" for most folks. At some point you will want to read "The Goal". The techie or Information Technology folks might prefer "Necessary but not Sufficient". Then consider getting your new talents honed to a razor's edge with my Jonah3+3(TM) course, taught by Dettmer. Then, yes, Six Sigma might just make sense. Of course, you may be making too much money at that point to care. Jeff 'SKI' Kinsey, Jonah consultSKI@yahoo.com www.SKIconsulting.biz
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