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Defects per Million Opportunities, or DPMO, is a metric that indicates the number of defects in a process per one million opportunities.

DPMO is calculated by the number of defects divided by (the number of units times the number of opportunities), multiplied by one million.

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Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Master Black Belt at GoLeanSixSigma.com, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 30 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Marriott International, Inc. build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.
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