When to use DMAIC

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The DMAIC model is a well proven and widely used structured improvement model. (click here for the articles on the DMAIC model). DMAIC offers a step by step approach to problem solving, firstly by capturing the underlying root causes and then offering methods of improvement.

As a reminder DMAIC stands for

• Define
• Measure
• Analyze
• Improve
• Control

Due to its popularity and profile – there is a tendency to reach for DMAIC whatever the problem – DMAIC is not however a cure all and is not suitable for all initiatives.

Where process (or product) design is being carried out DMAIC is not particularly suitable – DMEDI (Design for Lean Six Sigma (here for the wikipedia article) is more relevant.

It’s important to remember that DMAIC facilitates development of the basic process which exists already but is not meeting expectation.

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