Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Department of Defense Adopts Six Sigma

According to an article published on June 2, 2008 in Federal Computer Week magazine, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England has ordered all Defense Department components to adopt Lean Six Sigma, considered a failsafe methodology for quality and cost management.

The directive issued May 15, England instructed all DOD components to use Lean Six Sigma in order to improve productivity, mission performance, safety, flexibility and energy efficiency. The Six Sigma process-improvement methodology aims to improve operations by reducing defects and eliminating waste.

The DOD implemented a large scale Lean Six Sigma project in June of 2007 combining efforts from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management to re-engineer the government’s security clearance process.

The Six Sigma system has moved to the forefront because of its overall applicability in a wide range of business environments and for revolutionizing operations for companies such as Motorola and General Electric (GE). As the number of organizations employing the Six Sigma methodology increases, so does the demand for Green and Black Belt Six Sigma quality professionals. As a Six Sigma professional, you can systematically increase the quality of an existing process with the basic Six Sigma DMAIC methodology, improving the performance of business management processes and helping to generate higher net income by lowering operating costs.

Unlike quality improvement efforts of the past, Six Sigma provides tangible business results and savings directly traceable to the bottom line. Kaplan Continuing Education (KCE) offers Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt certificates online designed for completion in just 12 months or less. For more information, call 866.542.4042 (Toll Free) or visit www.kaplancontinuingeducation.com.