The Six Sigma Performance Handbook: A Statistical Guide to Optimizing Results (Six SIGMA Operational Methods)

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Profits in tough times require prioritization and focus. If properly managed, Six Sigma methods can deliver dramatic improvement by increasing manufacturing and process efficiencies. But nearly 60% of all corporate Six Sigma initiatives fail to yield the desired results -- often companies take the "fighting fires" approach to business and do not take time to understand what the data in telling them, which is why many Six Sigma projects fail.

The high-visibility of the Six Sigma Initiative has corporate executives committing to significant investment in resources often without any tangible improvement in profitability -- a fact neglected by most Six Sigma books. Written with Green belts, and managers in mind, this reference shows readers how to statistically evaluate a Six Sigma program, identify problems, and make tailor-made adjustments to get the desired results and revitalize a program.

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MAXIMIZE SIX SIGMA BENEFITS WHERE IT MATTERS MOST -- THE BOTTOM LINE
Written for Black Belts and Green Belts alike, Praveen Gupta's The Six Sigma Performance Handbook gives results-oriented help with Six Sigma initiatives. With this handbook, Black Belts learn how to optimize performance and sustain breakthrough results while Green Belts receive a quick, straight forward tutorial on the use of the statistical tools which form the bases for six sigma project success. The Handbook shows you how to:

  • Simplify Six Sigma methods for cost-effective implementations that work best in your organization
  • Implement DMAIC for improved performance of Six Sigma projects
  • Understand organizational factors that must be exploited, and leadership tools that must be utilized for measurable results
  • Use simple and powerful tools and processes to sustain a Six Sigma initiative

LEARN THE HOW-TO'S THAT MAKE SIX SIGMA PAY OFF
Praveen's ideas in The Six Sigma Performance Handbook have given the Six Sigma process a push toward perfection.
-- Tony Schreiber, Director of Quality, Cobra Metal Works.

The moment our attention is redirected, our hard-fought gains and the performance of our processes become a challenge to sustain. In The Six Sigma Performance Handbook, Gupta provides a vital battle plan for combating this natural force through management processes. -- Dan Heiser, Ph.D., J.D., Assistant Professor, DePaul University

Praveen has found a way to make Six Sigma "better, faster and cheaper" to implement through DMAIC Project Forms. -- Terry Luczak, Six Sigma Black Belt, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.

Once again Praveen leads us to the next higher level of understanding of Six Sigma -- this book is sure to help companies utilize Praveen's breakthrough thinking and purposeful presentation to significantly improve the performance of their Six Sigma initiatives. -- Aditya Nath, CEO, CGN & Associates, Inc.

According to Bill Smith, the inventor of Six Sigma, "It's all about dramatic continuous improvement." Praveen's book gives the reader the key tools for effectively implementing Six Sigma in any size organization and achieving dramatic improvement. -- Mike A. Williams, Six Sigma Black Belt, Motorola, Inc.

Observing General Electric's spectacular results, thousands of companies around the world implemented Six Sigma, yet the majority failed to obtain the bottom-line results they expected.

In The Six Sigma Performance Handbook, Six Sigma authority Praveen Gupta provides a set of tools to close the gap between expectation and performance. This Handbook helps you understand why Six Sigma processes often fail, and how to avoid these pitfalls and ensure your desired outcomes.

A long-time Six Sigma educator and Master Black Belt, Gupta details:

  • The challenges of implementing Six Sigma in a real world environment
  • The role of innovation in the Six Sigma Process
  • A step-by-step roadmap to prevent false starts and avoid common implementation mistakes
  • Forms to simplify DMAIC implementation of DMAIC
  • Tools for solving key implementation problems in the service or manufacturing environment
  • Scorecard and processes to sustain Six Sigma improvement
  • Key factors to maximize, based on the Six Sigma SIPOC and application of theory of constraints
  • Vital Lean tools for speeding up Six Sigma

    For many companies, Six Sigma has already led to significant gains in quality, productivity, and sales. There is no better Six Sigma coach for managers and practitioners, and no more forthright presentation of how to get from here to there, than The Six Sigma Performance Handbook.

  • About the Author:

    Praveen Gupta, a Master Six Sigma Black Belt, has been involved with Six Sigma since its origin (1986). His first project, completed at Motorola under the guidance of Bill Smith, the inventor of Six Sigma, was published in Quality Engineering magazine in 1990. For over 15 years, Praveen has published articles, monthly columns, and books on Six Sigma. His previous books include Six Sigma Deployment and the best selling Six Sigma Business Scorecard. Praveen has conducted Six Sigma training worldwide since 1987 and assisted others in their projects to solve their problems creatively. Praveen has consulted with dozens of small- to medium-size companies in corporate performance improvement through Six Sigma and business process improvement. Praveen is a Co-chairman of IPC's SPC committee, which has recently developed an industry standard, IPC-9194, for process controls. Praveen is a Fellow of ASQ. He lives in Lisle, IL.

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