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Understand from the outset what The Power of Six Sigma is not. It is not really a story about two buddies who lunch together while they pursue management success - that’s just the framework. It is not a book on how to implement Six Sigma - although it would prove a useful adjunct to any such program. Nor is it one of those books filled with consultant-ese whose primary function seems to be to advertise: "You need to hire me to help you to dispel the confusion that my book just generated." This is actually a very down-to-earth introduction to the quality enhancement strategy that is continuing to transform the corporate world. Frustrated onlookers may believe that practitioners keep the practical meaning of Six Sigma hidden, like some secret magic potion, but this powerful little book blows the lid off the caldron. Written as a lunchroom dialogue between friends, it’s as user-friendly as it is insightful. getAbstract highly recommends this manual to anyone at any level involved, or becoming involved, with Six Sigma.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What Six Sigma is not;
  • What Six Sigma is and how it can help your organization; and
  • The step-by-step process used to implement Six Sigma.
 

About the Author

Subir Chowdhury is executive vice president of the American Supplier Institute, an international consulting and training firm that specializes in Six Sigma. Chowdhury is also the author of Management 21C and co-author of Robust Engineering and The Mahalanobis-Taguchi System. He has received numerous awards for his leadership in quality management, particularly stemming from his work with the automotive industry.

 

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Meet the Six Shooters
Soon after General Electric CEO Jack Welch starting waxing warmly on the advantages of Six Sigma, Fortune 500 companies began adopting the program.

Unfortunately, they often did so without realizing the commitment they were making. Some of them assumed...

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