Q&A: Microsoft Accelerator Boosts Six Sigma Practices: Microsoft is pushing a set of add-ons for Office and Project that make the software play nice within a Six Sigma methodology framework. For instance:
A lot of Six Sigma teams spend an inordinate amount of time creating Microsoft PowerPoint reports, such as a storyboard in PowerPoint about the status of a particular project. The Accelerator helps Six Sigma practioners integrate their existing Microsoft software products with Six Sigma methodologies, with automated mechanisms that help get information out of Microsoft Excel or third-party tools and into Microsoft PowerPoint.
There are some Project screencaps at the above link that seem to make some sense. It’ll be interesting to see how software designed for a methodology or theory actually works. I know there was an Outlook add-on for Franklin planners some time ago.
More on this from Microsoft Watch:
Accelerators, in Microsoft parlance, are a collection of methodologies, blueprints and other services aimed at customizing one or more Microsoft products for a particular vertical or horizontal audience. … The Six Sigma Accelerator builds on top of Microsoft’s Project Server 2002 and SharePoint Team Services technologies. It is designed to allow companies engaged in Six Sigma projects to better manage them — as well as to reduce overall costs.