Design for Six Sigma in the Organization

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Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is often called the future of Six Sigma, as it is emerging as a strategy that better serves the current innovation initiatives of many industries. DFSS uses a "pay me now or pay me later" approach by spending more effort and time on process or product design up front to avoid spending time and effort in those areas later. Whereas Six Sigma just focuses on improving existing designs at a later stage, DFSS focuses on creating new and better products and processes from scratch. It designs virtually error-free products and services from the very beginning and, due to its complementary methodology and amazing results, it is now adopted as a key strategy in Six Sigma implementations. This course will examine how Six Sigma combines DFSS methodologies and tools to reach organizational goals. It distinguishes DFSS methodologies from those of Six Sigma, and outlines some of the key DFSS tools such as quality function deployment (QFD) and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA). This course is aligned with the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Green Belt certification exam and is designed to assist learners as part of their exam preparation.

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Candidates seeking Six Sigma Green Belt certification; quality professionals, engineers, production managers, and frontline supervisors; process owners and Champions charged with the responsibility of improving quality and processes at the organizational or departmental level

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Design for Six Sigma in the Organization

  • identify the tools used by Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
  • recognize examples of the benefits of DFSS
  • identify situations that call for a DFSS strategy
  • identify the key characteristics of DFSS methodologies
  • identify the similarities between DFSS and Six Sigma
  • identify the differences between DFSS and Six Sigma
  • identify customer-focused characteristics of DFSS
  • identify examples of the information included in the key sections of a House of Quality matrix
  • recognize the four Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) types
  • recognize the characteristics of Design FMEA (DFMEA) and Process FMEA (PFMEA)
  • identify examples of the types of information included in the key areas of a FMEA worksheet
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