Six Sigma was launched at GE in 1995 by Jack Welch as a systematic way of improving the quality of delivered products and reducing cost across the entire Corporation. Soon after the first wave of Master Black Belts returned from their initial training, it was obvious that GE needed a “version” of Six Sigma adapted by a Design Engineering community that was focused on achieving specific goals of improved product performance, reliability and producibility while achieving a simultaneous reduction in the design cycle time for new products. The purpose of this paper is to share our lessons learned in adapting Six Sigma to the needs of the Design Engineering Community.

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