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Six Sigma books often couch their wisdom in acronyms or jargon, or they offer vague, unfulfilling anecdotal narratives. This book is different. As trim, focused and efficient as if a Six Sigma team had designed it, it gets the job done. Its mission is simple: explain the basic structure of Lean Six Sigma initiatives to readers who are likely to become involved in one. While select case studies are judiciously sprinkled throughout, this is a meat-and-potatoes book that tells you what you need to know in clear, straightforward prose. Although the authors - Mike George, Dave Rowlands and Bill Kastle - humbly issue the caveat that this is not intended to be a comprehensive reference, its terse yet relevant style will probably make it one of those dog-eared volumes that barely gets back to the HR bookshelf before it’s checked out again. Because of its plainspoken functionality, getAbstract recommends this manual strongly to anyone whose future may involve Lean Six Sigma.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The basics you need to know to participate in Lean Six Sigma initiatives;
  • How Lean Six Sigma differs from Six Sigma;
  • How to conduct a Lean Six Sigma team;
  • How to use the DMAIC cycle: define-measure-analyze-improve-control; and
  • How to cover the five themes and four keys required for a strong Lean Six Sigma program.

About the Authors

Mike George is the founder and CEO of the Lean Six Sigma consulting firm, George Group, and the author of Lean Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma for Service. Dave Rowlands is vice president for quality and head of Lean Six Sigma at Xerox Corporation. Bill Kastle, vice president of George Group, has helped guide Lean Six Sigma initiatives at major corporations.



A Steady Diet of Lean Six Sigma
You may be reading this because your company is considering a Lean Six Sigma endeavor. If so, the first question you need to answer is simply, what is Lean Six Sigma? It is an improvement initiative that uses data to eliminate process bottlenecks and problems...

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    Jerry R Cole 5 years ago
    'What Is Lean Six Sigma' does an excellent job of summarizing the core concepts of lean six sigma without a lot of mathematical equations or technical terminology. As a project and operations manager for a web development company, it was fascinating to see how the concepts typically associated with a factory production line can also be applied to software development.

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