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Do You Know Your DMAIC From Your DMADV?

Posted on November 30, 2016 11:00 pm;

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By Kate Rawdon


Lean Six Sigma – and its alternative program Six Sigma - has a number of tools and methodologies that are unique to the program, and can be applied to almost any business to assess and improve the way it works.


There are two main methodologies involved in Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma, these are known as ‘DMADV’ and ‘DMAIC’.


Each of these is a five-part plan which sees an improvement to your business or design through from end to end. ‘DMAIC’ is what we teach through our Lean Six Sigma courses, and ‘DMADV’ is for more design-focused Six Sigma training.


DMAIC is a five-part system for improving processes within a business. It can cut down waste, costs and time, as well as increasing profitability.

It stands for:

  • Define - work out what the processes are
  • Measure - accurately measure their available data
  • Analyze - assess the data collected
  • Improve - make improvements to the process wherever possible
  • Control - put measures in place to make these improvements permanent

The program explains how to go through each of these steps, and the end result will be a measurable reduction in costs and waste, and an increase in profits, wherever there’s the potential to achieve it.


DMADV is another five-part process, but this time specifically for design. It aims to create better designs with minimal room for error, cutting down on time and costs, and creating more market opportunities.
It stands for:

  • Define - find the specific aims for your design
  • Measure - work out the vital characteristics your design must have
  • Analyze - assess and develop your design
  • Design - create a new design
  • Verify - finalize the design and start production

Universal rules and tools

Whatever business you find yourself in, and whatever problem you need to identify and address, these rules and tools taught by Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma can help.


They’re tried and tested, proven over and over again all over the world and across many different industries.


We don’t teach DMADV, and instead we concentrate on the process-focused DMAIC. Learning this key principle of Lean Six Sigma is not only incredibly valuable to the business you’re with right now, but also significantly increases your own value in the job market in the future.


This is because businesses are aware of how valuable Lean Six Sigma training can be, and the positive effect it can have on their bottom line, so consider enrolling with us an investment in your career potential.


Morgan International offers the Lean Six Sigma Certification Courses in partnership with BlueSkye Track and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Explore our online workshop offerings in more details here.

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