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Continuous Improvement and Six Sigma



I wanted to highlight the difference between Continuous Improvement and Six Sigma. Both add tremendous value to organizations of different types and sizes, although but can sometimes be considered indistinguishable. There is value in knowing the difference.


Continuous improvement and Six Sigma are both methodologies used to improve processes, products, or services. A constant improvement is a systematic approach to identifying and making incremental changes to processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness. It is a continuous process that focuses on making small, gradual changes over time rather than trying to make significant changes all at once.


Six Sigma is a data-driven approach to improving processes and reducing defects. It uses a structured, disciplined approach to identify and eliminate defects in a process, with the goal of achieving a quality of no more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities. Six Sigma uses a set of tools and techniques, such as DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control), to analyze and improve processes. Both continuous improvement and Six Sigma aim to improve processes, products, or services, but they differ in their approach. But, while they differ, they don’t disagree.


Continuous improvement is focused on making small, incremental changes over time, while Six Sigma is focused on identifying and eliminating defects through data analysis and structured improvement efforts. When looking to refine your understanding of how your business inputs create your business outputs? Remember to apply these two methodologies.

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