About Dr. Harry

Mikel J. Harry, Ph.D.

Mikel J. Harry, Ph.D.

Dr. Harry® has been widely recognized and cited in many publications as the principal architect of Six Sigma and the world’s leading authority within this field. His book entitled “Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World’s Top Corporations” has been on the Best Seller List of the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Amazon.com.

Mr. Gregory Watson, former President of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) stated: “Mikel Harry’s innovation of the Breakthrough Strategy has taken quality into America’s boardrooms.”  In support of this, Jack Welch (former CEO of General Electric) stated: “Harry’s presentation succeeded in capturing our imagination.  I sensed [Six Sigma] was a lot more than statistics for engineers.  At Six Sigma’s core is an idea that can turn a company inside out, focusing the organization outward on the customer.”

As a consultant for many of the world’s top CEOs, Dr. Harry has helped to reshape the way in which a business can be improved in terms of customer satisfaction and business performance.  To this end, Dr. Harry has been a featured guest on such television programs as the NBC show “Power Lunch”. Furthermore, he has been distinguished by Arizona State University with the 2002 Engineering Excellence Award for superb achievements in the engineering profession and notable contributions to society.

At the present time, Dr. Harry is Founder and Chairman of the Six Sigma Management Institute, Inc.  He was also founder and Chairman of the Six Sigma Academy (now named SSA&Company).  In addition, he has served on the Board-of-Directors for the International Statistics Application Institute and the International Design Institute, Singapore.

Of interest, Dr. Harry was also employed by Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) and served as Sr. Corporate Vice President, Quality Systems Deployment. As such, he was directly responsible for the global leadership, implementation, and deployment of Six Sigma at ABB. His activity was focused on the creation of world-class levels of improvement in product quality, performance, producibility, and cost.  Within one year, Dr. Harry and Kjell Magnusson successfully reduced the total cost structure of ABB’s transformer business by six percent; thereby, attesting to the power of Six Sigma to produce bottom line results.

Before this, Dr. Harry founded Motorola’s Six Sigma Research Institute and served as Corporate Director and Senior Member of Technical Staff. In this position, he was responsible for the development of Six Sigma implementation strategy, deployment guidelines, and advanced application tools.

In addition to his technical inventions and innovations, Dr. Harry was responsible for developing the mathematical and statistical relationships between Process Quality and Business Performance, like the mathematical association between Work-in-Process (WIP) and Total Defects-Per-Unit (DPU).  His business-centric concepts, theories and equations are still in use today and have been made an integral part of many Lean Six Sigma Programs.  For his superior leadership, Dr. Harry was appointed as an associate member of Motorola’s prestigious Science Advisory Board (SABA). In recognition of his technical contributions, he was inducted into Motorola’s Scientific and Technical Society at the Government Electronics Group.

While serving the Motorola Government Electronics Group, Dr. Harry also held the positions of Member of Technical Staff, Group Operations. Before this, he held the position of Manager and Principal Staff Engineer, Advanced Quantitative Research Laboratory. He also served as a Quality and Reliability Engineer when he first joined Motorola.

Before joining Motorola, Dr. Harry was a consultant to several Fortune 500 corporations in the areas of statistical engineering, experiment design, statistical process control, and quality management. His industrial experiences also include manufacturing management at General Motors Corporation and industrial engineering with Dayton Walther Corporation. Dr. Harry has also served as an instructor within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Division of Technology, Arizona State University. In addition, he was a member of the ASU/IBM Joint Engineering Study.

Prior to beginning his professional career, he was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant.  As a Vietnam-Era veteran, his tour of duty included serving as an infantry platoon leader and later as an executive officer and company commander. He was also certified as a Nuclear-Biological-Chemical (NBC) warfare officer and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.  His patriotism and contributions to America’s wellbeing has continued through the years.

Significant professional contributions include creation of the Six Sigma Breakthrough Strategy (DMAIC) and the Six Sigma Black Belt naming convention. In addition, Dr. Harry authored the first substantive publication on Six Sigma. This book was designed to articulate the philosophy, theory, and application of Motorola’s Six Sigma Program and was published in 1986 under the title “The Nature of Six Sigma Quality.” In addition, Dr. Harry was responsible for the research and development of an advanced mechanical design engineering system, for which he received a major engineering award from Motorola. This work was published by Motorola, Inc. under the title “Six Sigma Mechanical Design Tolerancing.”

Much of Dr. Harry’s ground breaking work has since been translated into course materials and software by many noted institutions, like the Mechanical Engineering Department at Brigham Young University, the Ira Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University and the Department of Engineering Technology at Ball State University.

Another major contribution was the creation and documentation of an RF/Microwave design analysis and optimization procedure. This work was published by Motorola University Press and used by Motorola, Texas Instruments and several other noted corporations. Dr. Harry was directly responsible for the research and development of a process characterization methodology, as well as the supporting mathematical statistics. This work was published by Addison-Wesley under the title “Six Sigma Producibility Analysis and Process Characterization.”

Dr. Harry has over 50 major publications to his credit. His work has appeared in such journals as Quality Progress, IEEE Micro and Circuit World, Journal of Circuit Technology. In addition, he has authored a substantial reference book on the application of experiment design, inferential statistics, and statistical process control. The book is entitled “Achieving Quality Excellence: The Strategy, Tactics and Tools”.  He has also has published an eight volume set of books entitled “The Six Sigma Series.”  Most recently, Dr. Harry published an extensive handbook on the use of Lean Six Sigma under the title: “Practitioner’s Guide to Statistics and Lean Six Sigma for Process Improvement,” John Wiley & Sons publishing.  Supporting these works and furthering the power of quality, Dr. Harry published a unified set of progressive articles in Quality Progress entitled “New Frontiers.”

His work in the field and practice of Six Sigma is actively used and promoted by such institutions as General Electric, Ford Motor Company, Sony, Allied Signal, Stanford University, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Unisys, IBM, Rockwell, Kodak, and the Department of Defense, as well as many others. He is a contributing author to a textbook on the application of SPC methods and experiment design in automated manufacturing, Marcel Decker. In addition, he is a contributing author to a textbook used by the Mathematics Department, U.S. Air Force Academy.

Dr. Harry has served as chairman of the Product Design Sub-committee for Producibility Metrics, United States Navy. In addition, he was technical co-chairman of the SPC standards committee for the Interconnecting and Packaging Electronics Circuits Institute (IPC). He received the President’s Award from IPC for outstanding technical contribution to the industry.  Dr. Harry was also inducted into the “Who’s Who” Registry of Global Business Leaders.  Since then, he was awarded the United States Congressional Order Merit, as well as a national leadership award presented by Congressman Tom Cole.  In addition, Dr. Harry was appointed as Honorary Chairman of the United States Congressional Business Advisory Council.

He is an active international speaker, seminar leader, and holds numerous technical and management instructor certifications. Dr. Harry has personally trained and worked with such Chief Executive Officers as Jack Welch (General Electric), Jac Nassar (Ford Motor Company) and Larry Bossidy (Allied Signal), as well as their senior executive teams and technical/scientific communities. In addition, Dr. Harry has worked with several distinguished professional societies around the world. He has personally trained thousands of leaders and practitioners across the globe. He is frequently retained as a keynote speaker and presenter for industry symposiums and prestigious functions.

Dr. Harry has also been a featured guest on popular television programs, such as the premier NBC show “Power Lunch” and multiple documentaries. He is often quoted in newspapers like USA Today and interviewed by the media, such as The Economic Times and numerous professional journals like Quality Digest and the Journal for Healthcare Quality, as well as several documentaries and a feature article in “Personal Success” magazine.  He has also been featured in Quality Progress magazine and The Globe and Mail Report on Business.  His book entitled “Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World’s Top Corporations” was listed on the National Best Seller lists of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Business Week.

In 2003, Dr. Harry founded The Six Sigma Management Institute (SSMI) featuring MindPro®, the most comprehensive online Six Sigma training system in the world.  In 2012, he released The Great Discovery,® which integrates the 10 Supreme Laws of Breakthrough into a simple step-by-step process that captures the Six Sigma Way of Thinking.  This means the DNA of Six Sigma can be absorbed by all professions, even family members.

As a way of saying “Thank You for Your Service” to our nation’s military heroes, Dr. Harry expanded his philanthropic endeavors to include a Military and Veteran Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training and Certification Scholarship Program – Six Sigma Wings for Heroes.

Work Phone: 480.515.0890

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One Response to About Dr. Harry

  1. I have really enjoyed working and training with Dr.Harry. One of the best I have ever engaged with, and true leader.

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