February 19th, 2013

PMBOK vs Six Sigma: Using their Body of Knowledge


Our Next Monthly ASQ 711 Seminar will be held on
February 20, 2013
6:30 PM

PMBOK vs Six Sigma
Using their Body of Knowledge Similarities Advantageously

By: Bill Trappan 

The two processes have many similarities and both are operated in accordance with detailed Bodies of Knowledge; BOK’s for Six Sigma from ASQ and Project Management from PMI.

The Project Management Institute (PMI), a 270,000 member organization, certifies project managers that have demonstrated, along with other requirements, satisfactory knowledge of the Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) for the profession.  Similarly, The American Society for Quality (ASQ), a 90,000 member organization, certifies Six Sigma Black Belt professional s that have demonstrated, along with other requirements, satisfactory knowledge of that Body of Knowledge.

Practitioners of both professions work diligently to implement the tools of their trade with the end goal of achieving the most expeditious, economical and quality completion of their project.    PMBOK major areas of their projects  are Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitor and Control, and  Closure as contrasted to the more familiar (to Quality Professionals) DMAIC; Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. In both cases, project life spans are temporary, with the end result being a disbanding of the teams and their reassignment to other activities.

The presentation provides an overview of the relationship between the “tools of” PMBOK and the “tools of” Six Sigma and explains how this knowledge can be advantageous to project managers and/or Black Belts.


William H. (Bill) Trappen PE, until his retirement was the Director of Quality Assurance at Magnavox Electronic Systems Company, West Coast Division in Torrance, California; for the years 1980 to 1996.  His prior Project Management experience included Technical Program Manager – Installation of an integrated helicopter avionics system (IHAS) in CH-53A and CH-46A Helicopters; at Teledyne Systems Company; 1965 to 1969.  Technical Program/Project Manager – AN/ARC-50 Communication/Navigation System (A DOD classified system) at Magnavox; 1969 to 1980.  Use of project management methods as required by DoD contracts including full utilization of Network mapping using PERT and other tools of project management.

Bill now keeps busy as an independent Quality Management consultant and as an Adjunct Professor for the Master and Bachelor of Science in Quality Assurance Programs at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).  In this teaching position he has taught courses since 1992 in Quality Process Management, Quality Project Management, ISO 9000, Supplier Quality Assurance and Quality Metrics.  He has been on the Advisory Board for the MSQA and BSQA programs since 1987, serving as chair of the board from 2003 to 2006.  He also serves on the Advisory Board for The Registrar Company, a RAB certified ISO Registrar.

He has a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University, an award in Manufacturing Operations and Production Management from UCLA, and a Master of Science Degree in Quality Assurance (MSQA) from (CSUDH). He is a Registered Professional Quality Engineer in the State of California, a Member of Epsilon Pi Tau International Honor Society and a Member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Bill is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), past chairman of the L.A. Section (1987-1988) and past chairman of the Electronics Division (1992-93-94). He has held various other leadership positions in ASQ including serving on the National ASQ    Awards Board. He currently serves as a Deputy Regional Director for ASQ Region 7, ASQLA Education Chair, a member of the Awards and Recognition Committee and chairman of the Simon Collier Quality Award committee.

He is a certified Quality Manager, a certified Quality Engineer, a certified Reliability Engineer, a certified Quality Auditor, and a Fellow in the Institute for Advancement of Engineering. In 1991, Bill received the Simon Collier Award given annually by the Los Angeles Section to ASQ members that have provided outstanding contributions to their profession.  In 1995 he was awarded the Ralph Evans Award for his leadership in the Electronics Division.

As a member of the National Association of Industrial Technology, he served as Region 6 Director 1992-93, President 1993-94, and in 1994-95 as Past Chairman of the Industry Division. He was the Conference Chairman for the NAIT National Conference in Los Angeles in October 1996.

Please join us!  We are meeting at the:

HomeTown Buffet
Corona Hills Plaza
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 273-0573


6:30 PM:
Arrive & Have Dinner

7:00 PM:
Business & Program