The International Organization for Standardization
have released Draft International Standard
ISO/DIS13053 'Quantitative Methods
in Process Improvement - Six Sigma'.
There have been many interpretations of Six Sigma
and this standard will provide a much needed baseline.
The standard is in two parts. Part 1 covers the
DMAIC (Define Measure Analyze, Improve, Control)
methodology. It includes descriptions of the personnel
involved (champion, sponsor, black belt etc.)
and their roles. It also includes the training
requirements for each. It then covers the criteria
for selecting projects, the purpose of and outputs
from each DMAIC stage and ways of monitoring the
progress of the project. Part 2 of the standard
lists the objectives of each DMAIC stage and the
activities that are involved. These reference
31 'Fact Sheets' each of which describes a process
improvement tool (eg. Kano model, Gantt Chart,
A first look suggests that our Six
Sigma Primer aligns closely to the
standard, but we will be looking at it more closely
to see if we can make it even better. We will
also be reviewing our the Free
Six Sigma Glossary to make sure we
have included all the important terms.
Various quality organizations, including the
ISO, are offering the draft standard for sale
but you can download it free of charge from the
It is in the secure area so you have to register
but you don't have to pay.
For more information on Six Sigma refer to
Quality Six Sigma Glossary.