Six Sigma’s DMAIC Approach

Posted on October 20, 2009 by

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Six Sigma courses are one of the offerings at TAPUniversity, so our blog will contain some postings on this topic.

The problem-solving approach of Six Sigma is DMAIC (pronounced duh-may-ick). This is an acronym for Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control.

In the Define phase, the project and its scope are defined and background information is gathered. The Initiating processes of the PMBOK® should come to mind for project managers.

In the Measure phase, the current situation becomes objectively known through taking measurements.

In the Analyze phase, the data is analyzed and root causes for the patterns in the data are identified.

In the Improve phase, a solution is developed and implemented.

In the Control phase, the process is standardized in order to maintain the improvements made in the previous phase.

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