The DMAIC Method is a problem solving methodology used within a six sigma strategy. The methodology focuses on improving business processes, specifically through the improvement of quality and reducing variation. It is an Integral part of six sigma.
Almost all of the six sigma projects you engage in for processes that are already established will use the DMAIC method. The acronym represents each of the 5 stages of the methodology:
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As you can see the DMAIC method is a very structured process. Each of the 5 stages allows a team to guide a problem in the direction of a solution and close gaps within an organization. Keep in mind that each phase of the process will require different individuals and skills to be used. For example, in the define stage collaboration with management and the appointed project lead (black belt) is crucial in clearly defining a workable problem statement and an achievable goal. In the later stages of the DMAIC methodology (measure, analyze and improve) the project team will do the vast majority of the leg work while green and black belts use their experience and skill set to gather needed information.
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