Organizing the Deployment
Sigma Sigma deployment is about organizing and planning the implementation of the strategy. If you look to the military as an example, planning and preparation for a deployment is scientific and methodic. Forward thinking planners have studied and visualize the deployment. They have experts that use standards and table of data that have been proven over time to be accurate. Resources and staffing are assigned based on the mission. Timetables for the deployment are established, and sources are put into motion in order to meet the objectives of deployment with perfect precision. Personnel understand the mission and are trained to the highest standards prior to deployment. When the date arrives, all elements come together in perfect harmony and deployment plans are precisely executed. Leaders expect the unexpected and have allowed for flexibility to adeptly pivot to meet the mission of the deployment. In the end … mission is accomplished in the deployment phase.
Precision in Six Sigma Deployment
When you look at it, there is very little difference between a military deployment and the deployment of a Six Sigma program. Six Sigma is a methodology that is rooted in accuracy and precision, much like the military. Six Sigma uses tools and methodologies that are tried and true, known to achieve success when practiced appropriately. Experts agree that implementing a successful Six Sigma deployment strategy requires planning and training, based on an effective infrastructure. Deployment strategies and structure are based on the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) methodology:
D: Define the strategic direction of the organization
M: Set measures for the strategic objectives of the organization
A: On a continual basis, collect data on the measures set and analyze using Six Sigma tools and techniques
I: Identify the opportunities for improvement and convert them to Six Sigma projects for improvement
C: Set up a management control action of continuous reviews on the improvements made on Six Sigma projects
Executing the Plan
Once you have executed the DMAIC methodology, your deployment will be on track and focused on accomplishing the mission. Just like in military planning, you have ensured that all Six Sigma resources and personnel are trained and prepared for deployment. All of the tools available to a Six Sigma professional have been rehearsed and are fully implemented. As the deployment is implemented, everyone from the Champion through the leaders are fully engaged to ensure that success is achieved and you can declare … MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!