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The structured and linear nature of the DMAIC process, while perhaps taking longer than more
ad-hoc approaches, is likely to take less time to get to an effective and workable solution than a more
iterative approach. While the DMAIC process may not be adaptable to more complex endeavors
(although a version for design is also well understood in the literature), it was found that the
process electricity usage problem is well suited to a linear approach like DMAIC. That may be due
to the fact that electricity usage of manufacturing equipment tends to be both highly measurable
and predictable, which enables solid measurement and analysis, which ultimately leads to concrete
improvement interventions and verifiable control plans. It was found that the process provides
a convenient mapping of actions to project status so that everybody involved is coordinated and minimal time is wasted revisiting previous stages once they are completed. In addition, the linear
and stable process allows the project team to plan ahead and gather necessary resources to enable
the next stage, which results in less overall time for projects versus a more iterative approach.
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- Spring '14