Design for Six Sigma

Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) – overview

Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is a methodology that is applied to the design of new products and processes and incorporates a number of the Six Sigma and Lean tools as well as a number of tools specific to the design function.

The technique is typically used within organisations that have reached a level of maturity in the deployment of Six Sigma. It is used for:

  • Product, process and service design and re-design in the manufacturing industries (using the IDOV approach: identify – design – optimise – verify)
  • Service and process design and re-design in the service industries (using the DMADOV approach: define – measure – analyse – design – optimise – verify)

Implementing DFSS

  • Manufacturing companies:
    • – Most manufacturing companies have a well-documented and reasonably robust new product design and development process
    • – DFSS is best implemented by evaluating this process for weaknesses, and supplementing it with appropriate extra stages and / or tools
  • Service companies:
    • – Service-based companies may not have such a well-defined process for generating new products or processes (or indeed may not have one defined at all!)
    • – In these cases it may be appropriate to use one of the DFSS roadmaps as a basis for a new / improved process

Full details below or download course details.

Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) – course outline

There isn’t one!

DFSS workshops work best when they are designed on a bespoke basis to meet the specific requirements of the business. If you’re interested in having us run such a workshop for your organisation please give us a call and we will put you in touch with our lead Lean Six Sigma specialist so that you can discuss your requirements direct with him and he can draft a workshop agenda accordingly.