Six Sigma Project Management

Six Sigma Project Management


In Six Sigma, senior management take an active role creating projects by choosing a business process that is in need of improvement. However, the execution and delivery of the project typically belongs to a project manager – often a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Whomever is leading, they should follow strong project management techniques.

Discipline equals freedom.


Project Management Stages

  1. Planning (Knowing what to do)
  2. Scheduling (when to do it)
  3. Controlling (getting it done)

Project Management Phases

(Why ASQ asks one as stages and one as phases is beyond me, but I’ve seen this in practice exams so it’s here in my notes.

  • Project Proposal
  • Completion
  • Project review (aka postmortem, lessons learned.)
  • Archiving documentation.

Project Management Elements

  • Schedule time limits
  • Allocation of responsibilities
  • Communication (reporting methods)
  • Trade off methodologies
  • Measuring accomplishments vs plans.
  • Problem identification (early)
  • Correcting problems.

Project Management Tools

Project tracking

Identify, develop and use project management tools, such as schedules, Gantt charts, toll-gate reviews, etc., to track project progress.

George Eckes on Six Sigma Project Management

How long should a Six Sigma project take?

According to George Eckes – 120 days.

What is the main disadvantage of presenting a team with a project > 160 days?

There’s a lowered expectation of success according to Eckes.

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