An overview of six sigma

Douglas Montgomery, William H. Woodall

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We provide an introductory overview of the Six Sigma development and improvement processes. A historical perspective is provided. We also discuss the statistical methods frequently used within this framework and briefly comment on the impact of Six Sigma on the practice of statistics in industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-346
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Statistical Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Designed experimentation
  • Measurement systems analysis
  • Process capability
  • Quality control
  • Variability reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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