What improvement model should I pick?
This is one of the top questions I am asked. As the creator of The DMAIC Way®, I am a little biased. The best answer is really based on a few questions:
1) Why are you picking an improvement model?
2) What are you looking to accomplish by picking an improvement model?
If your answer to these questions is “because my competitors are doing it,” “my customer says I have to,” “to save money,” etc., then my response is typically, pick any of them….in the end it won’t change much. While all of these are good reasons and make sense from a business perspective – ideally the goal is to learn and get better.
Whether you select Lean, Six Sigma, Lean Sigma, PDCA, PDSA, or The DMAIC Way®, it is the thinking process that you are after.
What is our situation? à what put us in this situation? à what are we going to do to get to a different situation?
This is the thinking process that brings improvement methods to life.