Six Sigma Becomes Political Topic

Article Revised: March 27, 2019

The blog Politico reports that Six Sigma is being proposed by at least one potential 2012 presidential candidate as a way to make the Federal Government more lean and efficient. Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor and 2012 GOP hopeful is a true believer in the Six Sigma business management strategy that’s popular with Fortune 500 companies, but not many politicians. Just hours after launching his presidential exploratory committee, Pawlenty was on a conference call with supporters ticking off the ways he’d reform the federal government — “Six Sigma principles,” he said.

“I couldn’t be more excited about it,” Pawlenty told listeners. Pawlenty was first introduced to Six Sigma during his tenure as governor. In 2003, the new commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency brought in Six Sigma to train her staff. At the time, agency was only issuing about 9 percent of its permits every six months. But with Black Belts and Green Belts from Six Sigma on board, the agency greatly accelerated its work and began issuing 70 percent of the permits within that time frame — all without layoffs or relaxing environmental standards. “I’ve seen the power of it,” Pawlenty said. “I’ve witnessed it firsthand.” Continue Reading

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