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Reasons why Six Sigma Projects fail some times - Sprintzeal

Reasons why Six Sigma Projects fail some times

Apr, 10th 18

Is your organization failing to deliver the projects what you promised? Project failure means inability to achieve the objective which six sigma projects were supposed to achieve?


Six Sigma is defined by teamwork, which influences the success of six sigma project. Six Sigma deploy the DMAIC methodology to find and eliminate the process defects. It uses statistical tools that when applied together to help a process eliminate and reduce defects.


With these factors are working in its favor, then what other factors cause project failures?


Yes, six sigma initiatives tend to do fail because of how project teams apply the tools and methodology. In today’s article, we will look at how to identify the sign of a project failure and how to avoid failure. The common reasons for failure in Six Sigma Project include:


Lack of support from senior management:


No matter how quickly team members can recognize flaws in a process, or how straightforward the solution to the problem is, without the support and involvement of the senior management leadership, the solution is bare to become a part of daily operations. Senior management must take the active role in the continuous improvement programs, manage the team and take them together and deliver the project within constraints. That’s what leadership look like, walk the talk and supporting the process.


Management support and involvement can increase the chance of project success. When the management contributes their full support behind a project, it typically faces less resistance. Engagement of leaders is the key factor that drives meaningful organization success.

Unstable experts Involvement or team leadership:


Throughout the project completion, the Six Sigma leader must be cautious over time and keep projects from derail.  The leaders like experienced Black Belt who keeps the team on track and moving forward.  Once the team starts making workflow, the leaders transferred to another project. When the Team loses its strong leadership, then the projects starts loses its track and not meeting its performance goals.


Try to keep the leaders who lead the projects team in place until the project delivered. The leaders can be assigned to the several work part-time related to the project.  And if a long-term commitment has not happened, then make sure you keep Black Belts assigned to the team as part-time leaders.

Poor handling of DMAIC:


DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) is the most useful Six Sigma process improvement methodology.


It begins with Define and Measure, but mostly the project team starts losing their track in defining the process and implementing new measures.


 Skip Define and Measure process and directly go to the Analyze, Improve and control process, you can save the time, and spend it on important things. At the Beginning you have already enough of data. Someone somewhere is keeping a count of the number and types of defects, waste etc. Get these data and you can analyze to narrow your focus which will allow you to make a decision for improvement.

Incorrect and insufficient training:


Sometimes project fails because of insufficient training. But why was their training insufficient? In many small firms, only Green Belts are trained in order to keep cost down. They send a couple of individuals to be trained with the expectation that they come back and sufficiently train all of their colleagues. However this plans tends to fire for several other reasons.


Because it the fact that most of the training contain too little time for practice. Think about it what percentage of your training spent time on practice versus a long lecture.


Their training might focus too much time on the certain methodology, but   trainees never bring a real project to training and complete it.


Make sure during the training period instead of learning theory give more time on practicing of real-time projects and take hands-on experience of Six Sigma tools.


Any of these above factors can intend hassle for an organization. Using Six Sigma Statistical analysis, management tools, and rigorous metrics of the Six Sigma methodology alone does guarantee success. The only key to success is in Six Sigma Project when the project team receives an expert support, engagement of senior management and meaningful motivation.


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