In a good project, the cause of the problem is not yet known.

Our experienced trainer and consultant, Master Black Belt, Joris van Solt discusses ten relevant criteria for a good project in a series of blogs. In any case, the advice to participants in our Lean and Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt training courses is to already choose a project to pick up during the training.

In the previous article , I promised to explain the 10 points of a good project. Below I address the second point:


In a good project, the cause of the problem is not yet known

If you know the cause of your problem you need to fix that cause and you don’t need to do a project! This then is an implementation!

A DMAIC project looks for the (root) cause of the problem in a structured way. This root cause is remedied in the Improve phase so that the problem never occurs again as a result of this root cause.

In the project, you don’t want to put on blinders and keep an open mind. Only in this way can you identify the real and greatest root cause in the Analysis phase. We want to influence only the most important Inputs/factors in our process to improve Project Y. This according to the Pareto principle.

That’s why I want the problem description to contain no solution or cause. This could cause you to focus on a cause that may not be the biggest contributor to your problem.


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