Challenges and Approaches to Design for Six Sigma in the Automotive Industry 2005-01-1211
Design for Six Sigma has been applied successfully in many industries, but industry differences present challenges that influence implementation. Implementers in the automotive industry face the challenge of integrating DFSS into mature and complex product development systems. This requires a clear definition of the DFSS role in an organization and clear guidelines for project scope. But effective definitions and guidelines will vary depending on an organization's place in the supply chain. In addition, varying levels of project scope present challenges in determining effective metrics. Organizations are best served by a flexible set of metrics that drive the right behavior at all organizational levels. Once roles and metrics are established, balancing DFSS with other ongoing programs becomes a challenge. Over time, the elements of DFSS should be integrated into a holistic system that produces high quality, market-winning products.