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Specify Measures and Data Collection
The second and third steps in the MA process area align closely with the Measure phase of DMAIC. Again, the Six
Sigma roadmap in Table 2 provides detailed guidance for how to conduct these activities.
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Specify Analysis Procedures and Analyze Measurement Data
The Analyze phase of DMAIC encompasses the activities envisioned by these steps of the MA process area. Six
Sigma training includes instruction in selection and application of appropriate statistical tools, including criteria for
determining which tools and methods are most applicable to a particular situation. Again, the roadmap provides
detailed guidance on how to proceed, as shown in Table 3.
As with all methodologies, "brain engaged" is necessary to success. For convenience these roadmaps are
presented as though sequential, while in practice iteration is both common and appropriate.
Improvement Process Areas
The MA process area interacts with and supports three other key process areas that embody improvement
Causal analysis and resolution
Organizational process performance
Organizational innovation and deployment
These process areas of CMMI align closely with the Improve phase of DMAIC, as described in Table 4.
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