Summary of Implementing Six Sigma and Lean
Copyright © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann, an imprint of Elsevier
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Experienced manager and lecturer Ron Basu lists tools and techniques you can implement to make the best use of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, two major quality-control programs. He covers the basics for each phase of quality control and defines ongoing measurements you can use to sustain your improvements. Basu provides a good catalog of tactics, including definitions, instructions, training requirements and precautions. He also cites case studies and a useful history of quality programs. Basu emphasizes his own “Fit Sigma” technique, more as a supercharger for Six Sigma than as a replacement. As helpful as the book is, its list-oriented structure and poor editing create stumbling blocks. You may need to reread some passages to figure out the meaning (not that this is a book you would speed read anyway). Still, getAbstract finds that it is a useful background directory – and could be far more than that for Six Sigma and Lean specialists, who will find it more accessible.
In this summary, you will learn
- What tools and techniques can help you use Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing to their best effect,
- How a menu of methods may apply to your projects and
- How “Fit Sigma” can help you sustain improvement.
About the Author
Ron Basu held senior management positions at such corporations as GSK and Unilever. A director at Performance Excellence Ltd., he teaches at the Henley Business School and ESC Lille.