Download file. On June 28, 2001, the Industrial Research Institute’s Process Effectiveness Network (PEN) hosted a panel discussion, “Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma in Research & Development (R&D) Organizations”. Based on early few implementers of Six Sigma in R&D, the panel concluded that Six Sigma in an R&D environment is worthy of consideration. Suffice to say that the elimination of defect, the core of 6 Sigma “3.4 per million opportunities” has intriguing implications for R&D as R&D exist to create, process, and products.
This paper provides a brief introduction to the Six Sigma; its philosophies and methodologies. The quality areas in R&D activities are then discussed prior to establishing the links with the Six Sigma. Opportunities and challenges in implementing Six Sigma in R&D environment are then discussed by reviewing the R&D processes, customers, implementation strategies, best practices, and lesson learnt.
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