Article | 10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden | Design for Six Sigma and Lean Product Development: Differences; Similarities and Links

Title:
Design for Six Sigma and Lean Product Development: Differences; Similarities and Links
Author:
Jean-Baptiste Fouquet: Quality Sciences, Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden Ida Gremyr: Quality Sciences, Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden
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Year:
2007
Conference:
10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden
Issue:
026
Article no.:
118
No. of pages:
10
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2008-02-15
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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This research began with the initiation of a general discussion between customers; suppliers and scholars concerning the way product development (PD) should be carried out to be most efficient and how a supplier can best respond to customers’ expectations in PD. This strategic sector is under increasing pressure for efficiency since many companies have increased their production capability (Liker & Morgan; 2006). Two methodologies have helped manufacturing to reach satisfactory levels of competitiveness: Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing (Womack; Jones & Roos; 1992; Harry & Schroeder; 2000). Six Sigma is an improvement methodology that guides companies toward achieving a six-sigma level of capability and Lean Manufacturing is a philosophy that guides a company toward reducing the wastes in manufacturing and streamlining processes. Two sisters’ initiatives have been created for PD needs: Lean Product Development (LPD) and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) (Reinertsen; 2005; Gremyr; 2005). This paper explores the two methodologies and tries to give a comparison in order to fill the lack thereof that seems to exist in the literature and provide insight to academicians and practitioners to perhaps find a “hybrid” method.

Keywords: DFSS; Lean; LPD; Product Development; Six Sigma

10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden

Author:
Jean-Baptiste Fouquet, Ida Gremyr
Title:
Design for Six Sigma and Lean Product Development: Differences; Similarities and Links
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10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden

Author:
Jean-Baptiste Fouquet, Ida Gremyr
Title:
Design for Six Sigma and Lean Product Development: Differences; Similarities and Links
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