Designing Environmental Sustainability Programs using Process Design for Six Sigma

September 05th, 2011

Tags: DFSS, process dfss, Process Design for Six Sigma, dmadv

Environmental Sustainability is in the best interest of the Global Economy and Global Corporate Citizenship. More and more companies are global in nature especially when you consider their supply chains and the total life cycle of their goods and services. Environmental consciousness is increasing in importance and a key for competing in the global economy.

Customizing your company’s approach to defining and applying environmental best practices requires a systematic approach for process design. Process Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) follows a five phased approach, namely Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, and Validate (DMADV).

The Define Phase is the Development Project Definition. In this phase the scope, or depth and breadth, of the Environmental Sustainability Program is defined. Here is where the resources are committed to the project, the project is planned, and the review points with specific deliverables are defined.

The Measure Phase is Requirements Definition. In this phase the Voice of the Customer (VOC) is captured which in turn is translated in the requirements for the Environmental Sustainability Program. The VOC comprises your suppliers, your company, your customers, and the countries where you conduct business. This comprehensive view of the VOC requirements drives the right sizing of the program. A Functional Model of what Environmental Sustainability has to accomplish and provide is aligned and prioritized using the VOC. At this stage requirements are fully defined.

The Analyze Phase is better described as the Conceptual Design. What must be accomplished to meet the VOC has been documented with the prioritized functional model. To meet the functional requirements processes are designed at the conceptual level using the SIPOC (Suppliers, Inputs, Process Steps, Outputs, and Customers) Process Mapping method. In this method only five process steps are addressed which keeps the maps at a high level. Information System requirements are defined to support each SIPOC Process that has been designed. Performance Metrics are also defined. Estimates of cycle frequency, cycle time, and staffing for each SIPOC all also determined. Organizational requirements are conceptualized as well.

The Design Phase is Detailed Design. The conceptual designs are now converted into detailed process maps. This is the future state design of the Environmental Sustainability Program’s processes for execution. Pilot testing takes place at this stage along with finalizing organizational requirements. Work instructions, procedures, and policies are documented for efficient execution of the processes that will drive the Environmental Sustainability Program.

The Validate Phase is the final phase of DMADV. In this phase the new processes go through final testing and debugging of support systems, validation of performance metrics, and implementation on a full scale.

Process Design for Six Sigma is the structured approach for any organization to determine just what Environmental Sustainability means for them. Process DFSS guides the development of the processes that will meet your Environmental Sustainability goals and objectives.

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