Execution & Implementation – Six Sigma Style

A Google™ search for “Six Sigma” (in quotation marks) yields 73 pages of results showing the popularity of this methodology. In evaluating tools for strategy formulation, one must consider what has been successful in other companies. Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, openly endorsed Six Sigma and GE’s success with it inspired many other Fortune 500 companies such as 3M, Home Depot, and Ford to adopt the strategic methodology (Barakat, 2002).

Started at Motorola in the 1980s, Six Sigma, which translates into 3.4 defects per million opportunities, uses a variety of statistical models to measure the company’s performance on a slew of internal processes (Barakat, 2002). The reason that this management system is being included as a tool for strategy formulation is because of its implications for company strategists. To adopt the program, there is a significant cost to the corporation to hire or train quality experts, namely the green and black belts. The strategy of the corporation will be adjusted based on the statistical analyses of the company’s processes.

Since it became popular, Six Sigma philosophies have been adapted to other industries outside of manufacturing and become part of executing strategy.

For Example:

The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana claims that it was Six Sigma management practices that have improved the response time of their public works department, which now patches 95% of all of the city’s potholes within 24 hours of being reported.

But as Jack Welch said – about 70% of Six Sigma is covered by just knowing one statement: “Variation is evil.”

If it was only so simple!



What is 9 + 6 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
All fields are required.

Free Guides & Resources

OKRs that work
Setting OKRs that Work

A FREE downloadable guide and canvas to build Objectives and Key Results.

SWOT Assessment Guide

A FREE downloadable guide and canvas to complete a SWOT analysis, synthesize it into Competitive Advantages, and then use your SWOT to create SMART goals.

Guide to Create KPIs with 100 Example Metrics

A FREE downloadable guide to learn the basics of Key Performance Indicators with 100 example metric sources for ever department of your organization.

Free Guide for Writing Better SMART Goals

Download the FREE guide to learn how to create goals that have impact in your organization.

Growth Strategy
Free Guide to Build a Growth Strategy

A FREE downloadable guide and canvas to create a growth strategy that clearly defines where you play and how you’ll win.

Goals and OKR Cycle
Goals/OKR Cycle Guide

A FREE downloadable guide and canvas to establish a quarterly rhythm for OKRs and Goals.

OKR Essentials
OKR Essentials Cheat Sheet

Download the free cheat sheet to guide you through building and refreshing OKRs.

Join 50,000 Other Leaders Engaged in Transforming Their Organizations

Subscrbe to get the latest agile strategy best practices, free guides, case studies, and videos in your inbox every other week.

We Believe in Empowering Teams to do Amazing
Work, Consistently and Passionately

Success isn’t a list of flashy logos. It’s about helping anyone who wants to lead a great organization.
If that’s you, join our list of clients – you’re in good company:

Armen EZR Multnomah RHA SEO Monitor
Chobani Cisco Armen KIA Patagonia
Concordia College Davenport Fairbanks St. John's Washoe County School District
Boys and Girls Club BSA Cancer Society Maryland Food Bank Make A Wish
CMPD Long Beach San Francisco City of Sparks Washoe County