Summary of Six Sigma Execution

How the World`s Greatest Companies Live and Breathe Six Sigma

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Six Sigma Execution book summary
Six Sigma can improve your processes, culture and results, but first you have to believe and then you have to train.


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The high priests of the Six Sigma movement tend to be analytical thinkers who relish a methodical, data-driven process that enhances productivity. George Eckes certainly fits this profile. Like any good consultant, he doesn’t tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Six Sigma; he leaves you wanting more. For example, the book’s treatment of “measurement dashboards” – the metrics used to assess the efficiency of a given process – is less than definitive. The strength of his book, however, is that Eckes actually lays out detailed case studies from his retreats and seminars, practically handing you an agenda for getting a Six Sigma project off the ground. You’ll feel you’ve been part of a Six Sigma initiative from its opening stages. After you read this book you may not know enough to be a Six Sigma champion, but getAbstract predicts that you’ll no longer be a novice.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to get Six Sigma projects off the ground;
  • How to put Six Sigma to work throughout your organization; and
  • What pitfalls can derail a Six Sigma initiative.


The Origins of Six Sigma
John F. Kennedy once observed, “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” One of the classic errors CEOs make when introducing a program such as Six Sigma is to place too great an emphasis on consensus building. This can be fatal. Instead, push ...
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About the Author

George Eckes is a consultant and Six Sigma expert with more than 20 years of experience. He also wrote The Six Sigma Revolution.

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