Six Sigma DMAIC Process - Improve Phase - Pilot Solution Implementation
In general, there is a way to pilot all or some part of every solution that you will want to implement. It is almost always worth the extra effort to pilot. You certainly need to pilot when the scope of the change is large, the change could cause far-reaching unintended consequences, implementing the change will be a costly process and the change implemented would be difficult to reverse.
The key steps involved in conducting a pilot are strong leadership from top management, select a steering committee/pilot team, conduct briefings with the pilot team, pilot planning for issueless execution, sell to employees affected under pilot, employee training for pilot execution, pilot implementation on the shop-floor, debriefing after pilot implementation and extend to a second area, if required.