Creating a Six Sigma Vision: Five Tools to Use

Creating a Six Sigma Vision: Five Tools to Use

They say that every successful outcome starts with a vision. A vision is a burning torch that illuminates the way to the chosen destination. Without a vision, every place is dark and dreary; every course of action is lost in the wilderness.

This logic applies to the world of Six Sigma. Creating a vision statement is the first step that every executive and deployment champion should take when committing to the Six Sigma initiative.  A Six Sigma vision statement entails the current motivation and future goal of the said initiative.

When carving the vision, a leader must fully understand why there is a need to implement Six Sigma. The vision statement must express what ‘can be’ and what ‘should be’ under Six Sigma. The vision should then translate into an action plan to ensure the success of Six Sigma. It’s important to remember that this vision should be in line with the overall organizational goals and objectives.

When it comes to creating a Six Sigma vision, below are five essential tools to employ:

Key Phrase Exercise: consider the collective

Every team member has a part to play in the organization or business. Each employee plays a vital role and is critical to the overall organization goal or overall business success. Given these, a Key Phrase Exercise is a potent tool that allows each and every member to contribute. This tool welcomes individual perspectives and harmonizes them into a collective vision. How is it done? Each team member shares his or her ideas about why the team exists. These ideas are assembled into a cohesive statement. This statement is tested among stakeholders involved and amended if necessary.

Backward Imaging: look to the future

A vision is directed to the future. It pays off to visualize the end results of the action plans to be taken. Backward Imaging is another form of vision exercise that a team can employ. This exercise allows team members to imagine what the future will be like. This is done by first imagining what the successful project will look like before describing how the new process looks and feels when it is fully functional. These diverse views of the future are compiled. Finally, the team will arrive at a critical consensus of the best solutions among the presented views.

Bull’s Eye Chart: envision the goal

To be successful, one does not merely create a vision; one must have an eye on the goal. A Bull’s Eye Chart is one vision tool used to hit the target goal. Using this, team members are asked to identify the vision, mindset, and behaviors every employee needs to display in order to succeed. For instance, a business envisions having excellent customer service. The team then needs to identify the mindset and behavior needed to achieve this particular goal.

More of or Less of Chart: stick to “the golden middle”

They say that everything comes in moderation. Too much or less of something can be quite detrimental. This is also true for vision creation initiatives. One way to ensure your vision isn’t too light or hefty is by using a More of or Less of Chart. This chart is quite similar to Backward Imaging, which entails looking into the future and envisioning a successful project. However, what sets it apart from Backward Imaging is that it requires weighing of the vision support – whether the organization or business “needs more” or “needs less” of something in particular.

Elevator Speech: convey the message

Finally, the Elevator Speech is a useful tool to support the vision creation initiative. This tool allows team members to think of a message and condense it into a pitch for two minutes. Team members will explain the benefits of a project summarized in a concise, well-thought message delivered in two minutes or less. An Elevator Speech consists of the following details: what it’s about, why it’s important, what success will look like, what the team needs, and what commitments to the project the team has made. The goal of this is to ensure that everyone is presenting the same message and has the same vision.

Do you have questions about creating a Six Sigma vision for your company? Contact Leanoveering today. We offer a Six Sigma Yellow Belt program, a Six Sigma Green Belt program, and a Six Sigma Black Belt program for corporate training and for personal development training.



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