According to a post by Larry Goldman, iSixSigma.com, the venerable online process improvement community, is probably closing its doors, due to the collapse of its parent company, Schofield Media. Launched in 2000, iSixSigma began as the hobby and passion of Mike Cyger, a MBB at GE Capital Commercial Equipment Finance. Mike constructed and nurtured a vibrant online community that captured the energy of the Lean Six Sigma movement and provided a central forum for discussion and resources.
There was a time when isixsigma.com was the dominant online presence in the Six Sigma world. Its lively forums were a place where the veterans and noobs alike came to discuss the basics as well as arcane topics. Like all Internet forums, the discussions were not always civil. (I used to post there anonymously and was amazed to discover just how little I knew and how stupid I was. At least according to the forum’s frequent fliers). However, if one sifted through the forum responses the answer to the original forum post was usually in there somewhere.
My opinion is that the site never recovered from the hacker attack it suffered in May, 2009. The attack took the site offline for several months and afterwards the community never really came back to the site in the earlier numbers. There’s something about a “dangerous site” message appearing on your screen that makes you delete your bookmark. I also can’t say that I was impressed with management’s response to the attack. They did little or nothing to comfort their former visitors or to keep them informed of the status of repair efforts. When they came back online I saw no press announcing the fact, nor any effort to bring back visitors.
All-in-all, it’s sad to see isixsigma.com fade from the scene. I hope that it can be rescued and returned to a semblance of its former glory days. While we’re waiting for this to occur, why not join www.pyzdekinstitute.com. Better still, contact me and request that your membership on this site be upgraded to author status. Let’s keep the community going!