Ah. The answer clearly is 42. Presumably a key person in a Six Sigma can find the floor in the morning. Otherwise, knowing what that represents will answer the question and result in being able to detect tacheon emissions. I'd suggest researching what is meant by Six Sigma.
The 6 in Six Sigma stands for the number of process standard deviations that lead from where a company currently is to the objective of 3.4 defect parts per million. Sigma itself is from the Greek and represents the word standard.
One of the many site in the internet that you can explore for 6 Sigma research is:
Actually, there are several people here who know the answer. Including at least one of the people who responded to the query. The real question is - do you have a question or are you simply on a soap box? You want to start a new capability or quality model? Start one. You want to bash that one - then get a life.
If you want to know why the methodology is called Six Sigma, I suggest you do a search on Bill Smith and Motorola.
I believe this forum is to get things clarified pertaining to QA issues .
In India the least expected Dubbhawalla has got 6 sigma Certification .
I too understand the concept its to identify the assaignable cause and commen cause why dont we expand the normal distribution curve so that we can cover more area of possibility of errors.
This forum is to develop a healthy discussion and share knowledge I expect people to take it in the right intention many expert might be there in the forum but this is not to test their intelligence its to increase our intelligence
"The roots of Six Sigma as a measurement standard can be traced back to Carl Frederick Gauss (1777-1855) who introduced the concept of the normal curve. Six Sigma as a measurement standard in product variation can be traced back to the "1920's when Walter Shewhart showed that three sigma from the mean is the point where a process requires correction. Many measurement standards (Cpk, Zero Defects, etc.) later came on the scene but credit for coining the term "Six Sigma" goes to a Motorola engineer named Bill Smith. (Incidentally, "Six Sigma" is a federally registered trademark of Motorola)."
So Six Sigma was already expanded from the original 3...
I believe part of the reason for limiting the normal distribution curve was for practical purposes; beyond a certain point, the process becomes more important than the data.
Six Sigma is not dependent on the number of components produced per year - it is a methodology and can be used for any size of effort. Six Sigma projects need to be run by a certified Six Sigma PM.
Originally posted by ljeanwilkin: By the way, what is "Dubbhawalla"?
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">Lunch delivery men. Pick up the lunch prepared at home (once this was very common, don't know if it still is) and through a series of hand-offs, deliver it on time to the right place.
There actually was a documentary film made on the subject some time ago.
As far as demonstrating a highly efficient process with minimum errors (which is what the point of six sigma, no?) they are a classic example.