Six Sigma in Business Process Management

Six Sigma is a long-term initiative designed to change the way in which businesses operate. It helps companies to increase profits, streamline operations, improve quality and eliminate defects in the work processes. Six Sigma also focuses on achieving financial targets in a short period. Six Sigma is frequently implemented in a traditional departmental paradigm without much reliance on business process thinking.

Many Six Sigma practitioners complain of the difficulty in identifying the best opportunities to apply Six Sigma techniques. Integrating Six Sigma with business management principles will help the organizations realize significant opportunities against the traditional methods of implementing a Six Sigma program. Since process ownership relies on managing by influence as opposed to authority, process owners would collaboratively sponsor projects. The progress of the project would be monitored by a team of executives, thus preventing the collapse of the project.