Theory of Six Sigma and In-Field Experience

When I was starting out my career in management, it was difficult to narrow down to the plan in its purest form. My plans were difficult for me to execute on, and would fall short 70% of the original plan. Not sure weather my plans got more realistic or my execution kept getting better, but now days instead of accomplishing 30% I manage to accomplish the 80% of the original plan.

I must confess that this success ratio is helping me feel more satisfied regarding my work. There is certain satisfaction that occurs when you seem to tackle your plans. “Things are going as planned” is one of the best sounding phrases you may hear in your day.

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Planning, executing and improving processes is commonly defined in corporate terminology as Six Sigma. From my experience what CORE methodology is on a personal level, Six Sigma is on a corporate level. It is another management methodology out there, applied on an organizational level, and quite popular and praised among its practitioners.

Being a productivity aficionado in a management role, I’ve unconsciously applied numerous Six Sigma core principles in a new role, and I must confess, it was faced with very harsh resistance. Let’s just say, that employees are not very fond of the breakage of status quo. Think it took me six months to move the entire team into understanding the processes, qualities, deliverables and objectives. One of the hardest tasks of my life I must confess.

I feel Six Sigma is lacking in the software environment. SCRUM seems more suitable than Six Sigma for the tech companies and startups. However, as numerous organizations are operating under this terminology, any individual will benefit from understanding it, especially in the corporate environment, where Six Sigma is “lingua franca” of their world.

For those that think Six sigma is too rigid, they may haven’t tried practicing GTD on a personal level. It takes discipline! Most great productivity practices take discipline. Six Sigma is not any different, but if you work hard enough, you will build your team into a success factory.