Quality Management

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The Six Sigma methodology DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) is used to improve an existing process.  

Design for Six Sigma is used to design a new product or service.

The methodology used is DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design and Verify).

It is critical to know what our customers think of living in the homes we build for them and what it was like to be involved in the design and construction process with us.

A recent research study on quality in construction projects established the following Quality Problem Factors as the sources of quality defects.

Quality Problem Factors


In a recent study rework costs (including labor, materials, equipment and subcontractors) can run from 2% to 20% of a project's total contract amount according to the Construction Industry Institute. These costs are of course eventually passed on to the customer as profitability shrinks.

Some things to consider when evaluating your trade partners and creating a scorecard include the following:

In a recent study the following quality tools were found to be the most commonly and successfully used:


In a new study on Six Sigma the savings to cost ratio ranged from 2.6 : 1  through to  2 : 1.  As for cost savings as a percentage of revenues, the average was 1.7%.  This study showed clearly the impact of Six Sigma and its ROI.

Where to start with trying to address improvement. Here is a high level approach.


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