Design For Six Sigma


Design for Six Sigma (abbreviation DFSS) is a structured method that supports the path from a concrete, marketable product innovation and that shapes it based on relevant focus areas. DFSS is based on the hypotheses and the outcome of an earlier idea generation phase with search field in relevant market and technological segments. Its aim is to translate these into concrete, launchable innovations. The training is especially suited for beginners and forms the basis for later, optional certifications.

Training Profile

Target group: executives, project leaders, project owner

Objective: to get a good basic understanding of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS). To develop and to reflect upon selected focus topics and critical success factors.

Trainer:  Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Location: inhouse as well as open trainings

Dates: in mutual agreement

Duration: 2 days

Participants: 8-15 people


Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is a world-wide practiced and approved method. It focusses on relevant direct and indirect customer and market requirements, requirement priorities, function analyses, alternative base concepts and refined design on product and process level. Furthermore, launches and roll-outs can be prepared with DFSS.


Our conviction in the transfer and usage of DFSS is, that this method always should follow the underlying innovation and development project that it was to answer the essential guiding questions and that it needs to adapt in an agile and flexible way. Even if we follow consequently the guidelines of the American Society for Quality Management (ASQ), the method has to be adjusted to the innovation and development project. Only then, DFSS can give support and orientation and can flexibly be applied for the development of products (re- and new design), processes (new design) and services (new design).


Design for Six Sigma is today a well-established development method – in a production as well as in a service context. It takes the project teams „by the hand “  and ensures that the team reduces the risk of unnecessary development loops to a minimum, even with high time and budget pressure. It is not so much the detailed elaboration on tools and methods but the answering of the essential guiding questions for the step-by-step design of ideas that stands in the centre. It thus offers sufficient creative freedom, even during the implementation phase. Next to that agile development approaches can be integrated into the various phases, for example in order to get first validated results based on quick and direct customer feedback.

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