Winning Pair: Integrating Six Sigma and PMBOK Guide at an Organizational Level
Who says you ahve to choose? Both the management strategy Six Sigma and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) offer vital lessons for project professionals—and combining the two philosophies can further enhance their usefulness.
Organizations are increasingly seeking Six Sigma talent, according to a study released by executive search firm The Avery Point Group. The research shows that the demand for lean and Six Sigma talent has risen by more than 90 percent globally since last year.
Part of the reason for this increase is that Six Sigma is a quality management approach that—like the PMBOK® Guide—is very process-, customer- and improvement-oriented. By building better process capabilities to improve customer satisfaction, companies can reduce defects, which in turn lowers costs. Applying this philosophy within PMBOK® Guide’s nine Knowledge Areas (especially in the Project Quality Management Area) can enhance project performance in the primary project constraints as outlined in its Fourth Edition: scope, quality, schedule, budget, resources and risks.
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“When it comes to project management, the two disciplines are almost mirror images of each other,” says Steve Pham, PMP, senior manager of the Denver, Colorado, USA office of North Highland, a management and IT
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