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Design for Six Sigma and Lean Product Development : Differences, Similarities and Links

Jean‐Baptiste Fouquet MSc (Ida Gremyr, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at Quality Sciences, Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden)

Asian Journal on Quality

ISSN: 1598-2688

Article publication date: 18 December 2007



Many practitioners strive to increase the efficiency of their product development. In addition, smaller companies must satisfy customers’ expectations of their product development. These expectations can be e.g. use of specific methodologies such as Lean Product Development (LPD) and/or Design for Six Sigma (DFSS). This study attempts to identify differences and similarities between these methodologies and the connection between them. This comparison is of interest to practitioners that must choose a strategy for their product development as well as to researchers. The aim of both methodologies is to reduce waste and time of development and to raise the quality of a product at the very roots of the product: its development. LPD and DFSS help development managers to structure projects and focus as much as possible on customer expectations and satisfaction.



Fouquet, J. (2007), "Design for Six Sigma and Lean Product Development : Differences, Similarities and Links", Asian Journal on Quality, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 23-34.



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