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Reasons of Six Sigma Failure

Here are some of the reasons of Six Sigma failure.

Lack of Vision

  • Lack of clarity in business objective & vision.
  • In organizations where no urgency for growth.
  • When you don't want to increase your profit or do not care about your customers.
  • Lack of proper understanding of customers and competition.

Lack of Management Support

  • Lack of understanding/interest in six sigma concepts in the organization.
  • Lack of interest/commitment from top management.
  • If your organization is weak with regards in management and leadership.
  • If companies fail to allocate proper resources, funds, train, and dedicate the management to Six Sigma.

Incorrect Timing

  • Six Sigma implementation without building the quality culture.

Incorrect Approach

  • Improvements may not directly result to increase in profits or customer satisfaction (both internal and external customers) if the CTQ variables aren't accurately identified.
  • Not understanding customer demands properly.
  • Lack of review & reward recognition mechanism.
  • Too many project improvement teams with lost focus.
  • Clashes with other initiatives.
  • Failure to link Six Sigma strategically with business goals.
  • If the data collected is not reliable.
  • If the project duration is too much,there is tendency to loose focus.
  • If the selection of six sigma project is wrong.
  • Failure to recognize the need to properly roll out training to the improvement team.
  • The project is too large.
  • Project objectives not defined correctly.
  • If there are too many independent variables that cannot be managed.
  • Project stakeholders (the customers) had not been engaged fully through the lifetime of the project.


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