At Clarus Group, we believe that the analysis and design phase of any project is the point where a project’s success or failure can be measured. Clear, defined, and documented requirements limit the risk of failure for any project. Analysis and design can be achieved by many means; however, we have experienced tremendous success using Design for Lean Six Sigma.
Lean Six Sigma tries to fix broken processes that already exist. But what if there were a way to create higher quality processes at the design stage? A variant of Six Sigma, Design For Lean Six Sigma (DFLSS), is a methodology used to design from scratch or re-design a product or process to one that meets customer requirements and has an expected quality level of Six Sigma.
DFLSS is about “getting it right the first time” instead of improving later (the focus of DMAIC Six Sigma). That is the point where the cost of change is lowest and the ease of implementation is the highest. A growing number of deployments are describing their efforts as DFLSS.