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Saturday, October 20, 2018
The Difference Between Six Sigma and Project Management
What Is Six Sigma?
Six Sigma is the method of choice for reducing variance and eliminating the number of defects that a process produces. Six Sigma relies heavily on statistical analysis and offers an arsenal of tools that analyze current performance and help identify the root causes of problems. Six Sigma can provide the data to justify where and how to make changes to a process. The highly-structured and data-driven nature of Six Sigma helps teams test their solution after they’ve implemented it.
Six Sigma makes a long-term commitment to a process, and it requires commitment from the project teams that practice it. This commitment begins when the team works together to write a charter that defines the objective of the project. It continues as the team sets milestones that will mark progress toward improvement. In the final stages of the project, the team ensures that its influence will be felt long after it is dissolved by creating detailed documentation that explains how users can keep its improvements in place.
What Is Project Management?
Project management is more concerned with getting the project up and running than with fine tuning its performance. It uses tools like the critical path method to ensure that the project is completed quickly and efficiently.
Project management works better for a one-time implementation of a new process rather than continually improving an existing process. Project management lacks the tools to measure performance and implement solutions for permanent improvement. Instead it looks at how different components of the project are performing, and seeks to improve those that are lagging, rather than focusing on the entire process.
Understanding the difference between Six Sigma and helps you discern between the projects that need the long-term guidance of Six Sigma and those that need the quick shot of to get them on their feet.