March 2005

Management Guidelines

Understand the myths surrounding Six Sigma

Converting all problems into this framework could stifle the organization

Doble, M., Department of Biotechnology

Use of Six Sigma has grown considerably in all kinds of manufacturing industries. Hundreds of papers and scores of books have been written on the success Six Sigma has brought to many organizations, and the gurus have started swearing by it. Are the Six Sigma methodologies a panacea for all businesses' ills and failures? How far can Six Sigma lead to the success of the performance of a manufacturing industry? Proponents and critics answer these questions in different ways. These initiatives have led to the propagation of certain myths within and outside the organization. Many multinationals that swore by Six Sigma have realized that the benefits reaped have reached a plateau, and much

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