How to run DMADV process? – tools to be used +template

Six Sigma DMADV is methodology used to implement new processes from a scratch. DMADV helps with designing new feature, new product, or with building new services. It is much easier by followint tool list shared in this article

this article coevers:

  • DMADV stand for
  • DMADV methodology
  • DMADV phases explained
  • How to use DMADV tools?
  • Download DMADV tool list
  • Six Sigma is easy
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DMADV stands for

Six sigma covers several methods. DMADV, sometimes called DMEDI helps with developing new, not existing processes.

DMADV acronym stands for Define, measure, analyze, design or develop, verify or validate. DMEDI stands for Define, measure, explore, develop, implement. 5 main phases, two different acronyms, but the same method.

DMADV acronym is globally more preferred, so I will use it too.

As the same as DMAIC, DMADV is a set of tools. You can develop any new process, design new feature, product, or build a new service. You do it by exploring each phase, by using tools one by one, in the order showed on the list below.

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What is DMADV in Six Sigma?

DMADV methodology

Each phase is very important to go through and finish it.

DMADV should be a team effort.

The structure of the project team is the same as on improving projects. There is a project leader, project sponsor, project team, stakeholders, process owner. Each team member has specific and important role.

And here is the DMADV tool list. (downolad is available by the article end)

DMADV phases explained

Define project phase is very similar to DMAIC tools. It helps project leader, sponsor and team to be aligned with project goal, scope. In define we start to think about problem team must address, the concept they have to develop.

In the measure phase team reveals data about what new designed process should deliver. Which are potential customers expectations and requirements to be met. And what are the main critical parameters new process must have to be working efficiently. Team creates high level project plan.

DMADV six sigma method example – Supply chain

Analyze phase is there to identify and select the best concept. There can be different solutions, different designs when we develop something new. Only the one of identified solution should be realized. At least to be the first one. Financial requirements and potential investments should be revealed int this phase too.

Develop phase serves to detailed concept description and design. Team optimizes its functions to be aligned with real customer requirements from define phase. There is detailed developing and control plan created. It helps with potential fails prevention. Piloting a new concept can be part of developing phase too. Team can learn real pros and cons and address them prior finalizing whole project.

In the Verification phase new design is finished, tested and finally released to the real life. New process performance monitoring is crucial to correct potential failures, that were not revealed during analyzing and designing. Monitoring is important to understand if all expected benefits were really reached. There is still space to address minor challenges. Finally, the process is hand-overed to process owner.

New process need an owner – do not let it fail

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How to use DMADV tools?

As stated, not all tools must be used in every DMADV project you run. Stop by each tool, when you go through each project phase. Think about, how using this particular tool will be beneficial to the project. How this tool can help with reaching the goal and delivering new design.

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Make sure, when you start the project team leader is aligned with project sponsor.

Charter is properly written. Writing down discussed ideas and requirements to the project charter is important for future project smooth run. Written goal and expectations will avoid potential misunderstandings. And misunderstanding can be from sponsor side, project leader and team side, as well as from stakeholders.

Newly designed process owner should be involved int the project from very beginning. I suggest you having her, or him at least as a stakeholder. But the best think is to be a part of the team, and project sponsor. Future process, or design owner will be responsible for new process sustainability. Detailed understanding how it was developed, and put in place will be good for this person to be satisfied and supporting transition after project finalization.

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Do not be scared of using these tools wrong way. It can be part of your learning curve, which is ok. Improve your skills by repeating, and using each tool over and over again.

Remember, if you improve process during your first projects by 60%, 40%, or even by 20% it is worth it. You can repeat improving initiative, and improve process next time a litter better. Just keep to have a fun.

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