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What Is Six SIGMA? / Edition 1

What Is Six SIGMA? / Edition 1

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A brief introduction to Six Sigma  for employees

Six Sigma is today's most talked-about system for improving the quality of organizational processes. Written by bestselling author Peter Pande,What Is Six Sigma? is a concise summary of the core themes and processes of Six Sigma. Unlike almost all other books on Six Sigma, it is written for the employees of organizations rolling out Six Sigma not just managers. This helpful overview describes what Six Sigma is, why companies are implementing it, and how employees can make it a success in their own organizations.

Based on the bestselling The Six Sigma Way, this accessable introduction to Six Sigma answers typical employee questions, concerns, and even skepticism about this revolutionary program. Includes:

  • The six themes of Six Sigma
  • A five-step roadmap to Six Sigma implementation
  • The 10 basic tools of Six Sigma, with an entire page devoted to each

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071381857
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 10/26/2001
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 680,634
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Peter S. Pande is president of Pivotal Resources, Inc., a leading organizational improvement consulting and training firm.. He is an experienced executive consultant and has helped guide Six Sigma initiatives at major corporations. He cowrote the bestselling The Six Sigma Way as well as The Six Sigma Way Team Fieldbook.

Larry Holpp is a consultant with Pivotal Resources. He was previously Vice President, Quality and a Master Black Belt at GE Capital. Holpp is the author of Managing Teams, and The Team Turbo Training Kit, and has published two dozen articles on training and quality in professional journals.

Table of Contents

1: The Six Sigma Success Story ..... 1
2: Six What? What's a Sigma? ..... 6
3: Six Sigma in Your Organization ..... 17
4: The Six Sigma Teams Problem-Solving Process: DMAIC ..... 27
5: Survivor's Guide to Six Sigma ..... 42
6: A Look Inside the Six Sigma Toolkit ..... 51
7: Six Sigma in Action: Some Success Stories ..... 68
8: A Note to Managers: How You Can Help Lead Six Sigma ..... 74
9: A Note to Six Sigma Employees: Nine Things You Should Do and Five Skills to Develop ..... 81
Appendix ..... 87

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What Is Six SIGMA? 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Puli More than 1 year ago
This book is a quick read that summarizes 6S for those who are new to it. It explains what 6S is and how it differs from other business improvement approaches. It gives a general overview of some procedures and tools used in Six Sigma along with how 6S is applied to people and processes. It gives some practical advice to those beginning to work with 6S so they can get the most out of it. Not an in-depth book, but certainly a good place to get started and learn the basics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was very simple and straightforward. It was shorter than I expected (only about 100 pages), but the content was good and thorough for its length.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a MUST READ for anyone involved with Six Sigma. Great authors!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Troy is the man!! I concur wholeheartedly with his review! But, I do think he must've read it from prison or the witness protection program, because I haven't heard from him in quite a while!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was not created in order to train the reader in all the toolsets of six sigma. This book was created to ease the minds of people within organizations that are embarking on a six sigma initiative. I found this book to be a great 'lean' book that gives the reader a starting to point to becoming involved with Six Sigma. Great job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I expected, articles in magazines are more detailed than this book. Altough it gives us a BRIEF explanation it does not get in to any details.