How Congress could apply the DMAIC methodology to improve its processes and drive change

I worked in manufacturing for 36 years as a Sr Process Engineer and was trained in DMAIC methodology, Six Sigma tools to define, measure, analyze, improve, and control to improve processes in a disciplined method.  Maybe our Congress needs a certified Six Sigma expert to help guide Congress in creating and passing bills to solve our countries problems with a disciplined approach. This approach has worked for years in manufacturing to define, measure, analyze, improve, and control processes to eliminate variation, inefficiency, waste, and lack of control that affect change. We all know our Congress is inefficient, ineffective, wasteful, and lacks team work. We are all on the same team. Maybe Congress needs to adopt the team work approach Forming, Storming, and Norming. Forming, Storming, and Norming are stages of psychological development a team encounters while working on a project. Teams pass through each stage to become acquainted, face challenges, tackle problems, find solutions, and eventually focus on achieving a common goal. Maybe Congress needs to address and redefine the process they go about doing their jobs we Americans voted them in Congress to do. We did not vote them in to be inefficient and ineffective and waste taxpayer dollars. We as Americans deserve better and if they worked for a Corporation they probably would be fired. This could happen the next election if Americans are tired of “do nothing” Congress. Our leaders need to change and stop the wastefulness, and Get things Done to improve our lives and the economy.


Here's an overview of how Congress could apply the DMAIC methodology to improve its processes and drive change:


  1. Define: In this phase, Congress needs to define the problem it wants to solve and establish the project goals. For example, Congress may want to improve the speed and efficiency of passing legislation. The project goal could be to reduce the time taken to pass a bill by 50%.
  2. Measure: In this phase, Congress needs to establish the current baseline of its processes, and collect data on how long it takes to pass a bill, identify the causes of delays, and measure other metrics. This will help establish a clear understanding of the current situation and identify the root cause of the problem.
  3. Analyze: In this phase, Congress needs to analyze the data collected in the previous phase to identify the root cause of the problem. For example, they may find that the primary cause of delays is the large number of committees that have to review a bill before it can be passed. They could then explore different ways to streamline the committee review process.
  4. Improve: In this phase, Congress needs to develop and implement solutions to address the root cause of the problem. For example, they may decide to reduce the number of committees that need to review a bill or to assign specific committees based on the content of the bill. Congress could also consider ways to improve communication and collaboration between committees to speed up the review process.
  5. Control: In this phase, Congress needs to monitor the process and ensure that the improvements are sustained over time. They could implement control measures to track progress and identify any issues that may arise. For example, they could establish regular reviews of the legislative process to identify any new issues or bottlenecks that need to be addressed.


By applying the DMAIC methodology, Congress could identify the root cause of issues in its processes, implement solutions to address them, and sustain the improvements over time. This approach would help Congress drive change and improve its effectiveness and efficiency in passing legislation.


What do you America think?


Published by Kyle

My name is Kyle and I am living the American Dream Financially Independent . I am a Financial Blogger at, Entrepreneur, Serial Angel Investor, Angels & Entrepreneurs Network, ATFS Certified Tree Farmer, and 2021 Arkansas Century Farm.

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