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Six Sigma for Growth Tools

The following tools are taught in PDSS’ standard Product Commercialization curriculum for technical and marketing functions.  These can also be configured into a custom curriculum or offered as stand-alone workshops if your organization only seeks targeted tool training.  Some of these tools are also taught as part of PDSS’ other programs.

For technical product development teams:

  • VOC Gathering (Customer Identification & Interviewing)
  • KJ Methods (Structure & Ranked Customer Requirements)
  • QFD & Requirements Document Methods
  • Functional Modeling, System Architecting, Concept Generation (includes TRIZ, see below)
  • First Principles Modeling (Monte Carlo Simulation) and Practical Design Principles
  • Pugh Process: Concept Evaluation and Selection
  • Critical Parameter Management
  • DFMA and DFMEA
  • Basic Statistics, Minitab Graphing Methods
  • Hypothesis/t-Testing, Confidence Intervals
  • Measurement Systems Analysis
  • Multi-vari Studies
  • Linear & Multiple Regression
  • Basic DOE: Modeling using Full Factorial Designs
  • DOE: Modeling using Fractional Factorial Designs
  • Advanced DOE: Mixed Level Designs
  • Monte Carlo Simulation for Empirical Models
  • Robust Design: Dynamic Methods
  • System Stress Test Designs
  • RSM and Multiple Y Optimization
  • Analytical and Empirical Tolerance Optimization
  • Design and Process Capability Studies
  • Reliability Modeling Testing, Duane Plots and Life Tests
  • Production and Supply Chain Critical Parameter Management
  • Statistical Process Control
  • DMAIC Six Sigma Methods Overview
  • TRIZ — the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. This can be delivered as a two-hour overview or in depth as a multiple-day workshop addressing specific project issues.
  • Software Design for Six Sigma — a special curriculum geared towards software engineers responsible for the software that is integral to a product.

For Inbound marketing teams:

  • Business Plans — Tools, methods and best practices for conducting a market opportunity assessment including market definition, segmentation, targeting, positioning and competitive analysis using SWOT analysis and Porter's Five Forces.
  • Marketing Planning — GOSPA method to develop S.M.A.R.T.  marketing objectives that are better aligned with strategic goals.
  • Customer Value Management How to use customer value management tools such as Market Perceived Quality Gap Analysis and Value Maps to help prioritize and address deficiencies or exploit market growth opportunities.
  • Conjoint Analysis — How to interpret and use outputs of conjoint analysis to make pricing decisions based on customer preference data.
  • Voice of Customer — Tools and methods for planning, gathering, processing, analyzing, structuring and validating data for customer requirements.
  • Quality Function Deployment — How to better translate customer requirements into measurable technical requirements by jointly working with your engineering counterparts on a House of Quality.
  • Evaluating & Selecting Concepts — How to use the Pugh process to evaluate alternative product concepts and select the best concept, which is often a hybrid of the alternatives.