Six Sigma Methodology: Course Project


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A course project for my Six Sigma minor class.

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Six Sigma Methodology: Course Project

  1. 1. Monsantocase studySarela Herrada and SidraMaryam
  2. 2. Introduction Monsanto advertises its commitment to “improve crop yields” but it also seems to say “ more money in our packets this year”. Monsanto are producing more engineered seeds and herbicide everyday and improving its bottom line at the expense of sustainability.
  3. 3. Project CharterGeneral Project Information Project Name Six Sigma Sustainability Project Project Manager Sidra Maryam & Sarela Herrada Email Address Phone Number 631-512-8794 Expected Start Date February 9, 2012 Expected Completion Date April 12, 2012Describe the Problem or Issue, Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables of this Project Performance information related to IT Projects is not reliable and accurate as reported in the Monthly Problem or Issue Performance Reports. This information is extracted from the Project Management System. Processes are poorly defined, inconsistent, and prone to high error rates each month. To address concerns with the increased use of herbicides in agricultural companies, specifically Purpose of Project Monsanto. Goals / Metrics Amount of herbicides used by Monsanto Expected Project Charter, Project Prioritization Matrix, Data Analysis charts and graphs, Control Charts, Deliverables Recommendations
  4. 4. Project Prioritization Matrix Chosen for this project
  5. 5. Increased utilization of herbicides Herbicide Tolerance (HT) in Acres 60000000 50000000 40000000 Acres 30000000 20000000 10000000 0 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 Years
  6. 6. Data Analysis Area Applied Herbicide Glyphosate From 1995 to 2005 the 60 utilization of herbicides 50 has drastically 40 30 increased Area Applied Herbicide 20 Glyphosate 10 0 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006
  7. 7. Improve Decrease the use of herbicides Use of existing alternative herbicides as plant pathogens. Developing alternatives to herbicides
  8. 8. Decrease Number of AcresConsuming Herbicides
  9. 9. Statistical Difference betweenthe mean. T-Testof difference = 0 T-Value = 101924.14 P-Value = 0.000 P-value is less than the alpha level (.05), therefore there is a statistical difference between before and after plant pathogens were implemented.
  10. 10. Control Charts Control chart for acres using plant pathogens to keep the utilization under statistical limits. Capability analysis can be done with specifications from the government.
  11. 11. Recommendations Decrease the use of herbicides Existing Alternative: Use plant pathogens instead of herbicides Find new alternatives to herbicides through research and development
  12. 12. Lean Six sigmaImplementation Utilizing six sigma tools to monitor the usage of herbicides. The prioritization matrix was applied to determine the main priority project. The project charter was created to specify the definition of the problem, purpose, and scope.