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, FMEA etc.).
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 ASQ (www.asq.org). 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 MiC Quality Six Sigma Glossary.