PurchTips - Edition # 35

 

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Purchaser's Introduction To Six Sigma

By Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

What Is This Six Sigma Thing Anyway?

You've probably heard of Six Sigma. Although it has been in existence for a few decades now, it seems that only in the past five years has Six Sigma been a buzzword. This resource will give you a quick overview of Six Sigma from a purchasing and supply management perspective.

The name "Six Sigma" is derived from the statistical measure of six standard deviations. In statistics, the Greek letter sigma represents a standard deviation.

Six Sigma is a highly disciplined process improvement methodology that focuses on improving both customer satisfaction and profitability through near-perfect quality. In Six Sigma, quality is measured by the ratio of defects per million opportunities, which translates into a Sigma Level (four sigma, five sigma, six sigma, etc.). The goal of Six Sigma is to limit defects to 3.4 per million opportunities.

Process improvement teams, led by highly trained individuals called "black belts," set out to achieve Six Sigma quality standards using an approach labeled DMAIC. DMAIC is an acronym describing a series of steps that Defines a process, Measures the current performance of the process, Analyzes the causes of defects in the process, Improves the process, and establishes means of Control for the process so that improvements can be sustained.

The DMAIC steps emphasize the use of tools such as process maps, charts, matrices, and so forth to understand a process and evaluate quantified effects of the process using metrics (statistical measurements).

As a purchaser, you can use the Six Sigma methodology in a variety of ways. You can apply the Six Sigma approach in working with a supplier to improve the quality of parts that the supplier provides to you. You can apply the Six Sigma approach to minimize the number of invoice discrepancies that your organization has to handle. You can use Six Sigma to improve almost any purchasing process that has inefficiencies that cost your organization money.

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Spotlight On Professional Development Opportunities

SPSM Certification

Are you tired of not getting enough opportunities, respect, and money out of your purchasing career? Well, guess what? Nothing will change unless you take action towards becoming a world-class purchasing professional.

You see, today's employers refuse to reward employees for yesterday's skills.They demand that purchasing professionals like you use the most modern skills and achieve unprecedented results. They want you to save more money, achieve better operational performance, and reduce risk.

Is lacking a purchasing certification keeping you from getting the results, opportunities, respect, and money that you want out of your career? Today's employers refuse to reward employees for yesterday's skills. They want you to save more money, achieve better operational performance, and reduce risk. They demand that purchasing professionals like you achieve unprecedented results and without the most modern skills that can be a challenging feat!

So how can you acquire the most modern skills, achieve meaningful results, and convincingly prove your capabilities to today's employers? There is an impressive purchasing certification program that will teach you what you need to accomplish all of this and more. It is the SPSM® Certification, earned by completing the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program. And you could earn it in less than a year - maybe even much less than a year!

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Distinguishing yourself as an achiever in purchasing is key to sustaining a rewarding career, even in these difficult economic times. Earning your SPSM® Certification by completing the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program is to take if you want to bring the most modern purchasing practices into your organization and achieve your career potential. Learn how to earn your SPSM® Certification (and perhaps get an iPad) at:

Earning your SPSM® Certification by completing the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program is the action to take if you want to bring the most modern purchasing practices  into your organization and achieve your career potential. And if you sign up for the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program on or before May 31, 2008, SPSMSM Certification Program on or before 4/30/2007, you also get these and other bonuses valued at over $700:

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