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Purpose - This paper aims to present a quality and business improvement framework based on Six Sigma/design, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC); design for Six Sigma (DFSS); and Lean principles. An historical perspective on these methods is also provided. Design/methodology/approach - Through a discussion of the fundamental components of Six Sigma, DFSS and Lean a deployment strategy is developed. This approach is consistent with Deming’s philosophy of quality improvement and is based on his system of profound knowledge. Findings - A quality/process improvement effort that utilizes Six Sigma and DMAIC, DFSS, and Lean can form two of the three basic building blocks of a company-wide quality management system. Research limitations/implications - Some implications for education of future business leaders in a variety of disciplines including engineering, statistics and business administration are discussed. More widespread education about DMAIC and the associated problem-solving tools is needed. Originality/value - This paper provides practical guidance for implementing quality and productivity improvement across a wide range of industrial and business endeavors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-65
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Lean Six Sigma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Lean production
  • Process management
  • Quality management
  • Six sigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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