Every organization-wide Six Sigma deployment will have special situations that are unique. This chapter gives examples of some of the unique challenges Cummins faced and how they were addressed. The future state and the goals established are the drivers of potential solutions. It is critical to remember the future state as obstacles of any type become clear. Some examples of obstacles included here are:

Sub-unit size

Language barriers

Education barriers

Distance from headquarters

Type of work.

Sub-unit size—Large sub-units of the organization have a couple of different options available during the deployment. They can host their own Six Sigma training launch because they have enough candidate Belts and on-site support to make a local launch feasible. They also tend to have a large enough budget to send people to a central training site. Smaller sub-units create challenges for a traditional deployment.