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Why the Measure Phase Is So Important in Lean Six Sigma DMAIC

The Measure phase of the DMAIC improvement process in Lean Six Sigma is where the rubber meets the road. When you talk about the path of continuous improvement, or even breakthrough improvement, the starting line must be established. How can improvements be quantified if we haven’t established a baseline before changes are implemented?

How often have you developed a great idea for improvement that when tried turns out not to work? If the baseline performance of a process has been established you have the ability to determine if a change makes a positive improvement or not. Having the ability to course correct if an improvement doesn’t work is crucial if your organization is serious about sustaining improvements. Without the baseline clearly established in the Measure phase of DMAIC you can’t determine if a change makes a difference or not. Surely, we wouldn’t want to make the process worse and not … Read More