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Many business professionals have practiced Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints. Many others have a working knowledge of the benefits, claims and limitations of these three widely acclaimed methods of improving business processes. Bob Sproull combines the strengths of these three methods into a blended set of process upgrades he calls the “Ultimate Improvement Cycle.” If you are familiar with manufacturing operations and these various schools of thought on process improvement, the book’s language, charts and graphs will be accessible and useful. It may rely too much on insider jargon and data for those who are new to the field, although many of the concepts apply to nonmanufacturing firms as well. getAbstract recommends this book to professionals with an operational orientation because they will best appreciate Sproull’s refreshing approach to combining the three most common process-improvement methods.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to use the strengths of Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints (TOC) to create the “Ultimate Improvement Cycle” (UIC),
  • Why optimizing each part of your production process can undermine your overall performance and
  • How to mitigate key production constraints.
 

About the Author

Bob Sproull, an experienced manufacturing executive, consults with manufacturers on improving their operations and advises private equity firms about investments in manufacturing turnarounds.

 

Summary

A Blended Approach to Process Improvement
Lean Manufacturing will help you identify waste and eliminate all nonvalue-adding activities from your business processes, but it won’t help you provide high-quality products and services. Six Sigma will help you improve quality, but it won’t help...

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