Small Businesses Embrace Six Sigma Efficiency Philosophy
While Six Sigma has historically been the turf of only the largest companies, due to its high setup and initiation costs, a number of small companies are now beginning to implement the strategy. Smaller firms are largely unable to make the financial investment to have employees recieve formal Six Sigma training. As a consequence, such companies are turning to a number of resources available through books and blogs (such as this one) to learn about implementing Six Sigma. This has allowed an increasing number of small businesses to achieve the baseline benefits of implementing Six Sigma which include a review and streamlining of the business model, a cutting of unneccessary overhead, and increases in efficiency by identifying weak points in production. In fact, a number of software developers and online blogging companies are making the transition, achieving what appears to be rather significant gains. Jim Sherman reports:
Incorporating Six Sigma into the small business model in a limited fashion, is an important way to reevaluate a business model and retool the most inefficient aspects of a small business, without making the financial investment necessary to implement Six Sigma in a real formal way.