Over the last two years, corporate performance management (CPM) has garnered respect with a reputation for aligning business strategy with targeted metrics, powerful analytics and flexible reporting options to actually deliver improved business results. Six Sigma has also built a strong following by leveraging a disciplined methodology with statistical techniques to drive impressive results to the bottom line. Although Six Sigma and CPM have different lineages (operations versus planning), they each promote employee empowerment, proactive management, customer-focused strategies, benchmarking, stretch goals and fact-based decision making.

Over the years, alternative approaches, methodologies and techniques have emerged to improve the bottom line through increased corporate effectiveness and streamlined operations. Typically, each technique had roots in specific functional areas and never migrated beyond the boundaries of that specialization. However, with Six Sigma and CPM, a unique opportunity exists to meld the best of both worlds into a fully integrated performance-driven enterprise solution. The integration potential will become more obvious as we view the common themes across several key dimensions ­– strategy, culture, management and organization (see Figure 1).

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