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Six Sigma and Minitab: A complete toolbox guide for all Six Sigma practitioners (2nd edition) Spiral-bound – October 23, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0954681326 ISBN-10: 0954681320 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 240 pages
  • Publisher: QSB Consulting; 2 edition (October 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954681320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954681326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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It's refreshing to see a book aimed for those actually using the tools and techniques of Six Sigma. -- Six Sigma Today Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 3, 2004

Not only useful for SS practitioners but also for anyone involved in quality management, as well as for academic students. -- The TQM Magazine, Volume 17 Issue 1, 2005

From the Publisher

A long awaited pocket guide to Six Sigma that provides practical advice on the Six Sigma tools alongside detailed instructions for the MINITAB software where applicable.

More About the Author

Quentin Brook is the Managing Director of OPEX Resources, a specialist provider of practical Lean and Six Sigma guides and free support tools.

Having graduated from the University of Bath (UK) in 1994 with a 1st Class Engineering and Management degree, Quentin developed his experience of statistical quality tools in the automotive industry of Detroit and aerospace industry of the UK.

In 2004, he wrote the first edition of 'Lean Six Sigma and Minitab'. Now in its fourth edition, this publication is a best seller, with over 100,000 copies sold worldwide.

Quentin lives in Hampshire, UK.

Customer Reviews

Very useful tool and easy to understand.
Emilia Schofield
It took me only few minutes reading to realize this book's content and material and ordered it immediately so I can have my own copy.
Zak
I strongly recommend this book not only to LSS beginners but also to LSS experienced professionals.
Arturo Garcia-Calderon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 10, 2006
Format: Ring-bound
This is a much more powerful resource for making good use of Minitab and Six-Sigma than many people may realize. However, a highly experienced statistician or someone with extensive experience in a Six-Sigma culture may find this book to be fairly basic. This is likely the case in a technical or manufacturing environment. In contrast, a new Six Sigma practitioner or someone working in a service environment in which process analysis might not be as sophisticated will consider this book an absolute gem!

The value is not just in its clear and concise explanation of how to use Minitab "in" Six-Sigma. The real value lies in the easy to understand application of the Six-Sigma DMAIC methodology with practical and understandable examples of statistical analysis while using Minitab.

I have Black Belts who are not completely trained yet using this book. They're rapidly finding new and creative ways to apply statistical analyses to our business processes and data. The Six-Sigma and statistics connections they're making via this book are dramatic! Oh...and they're also learning how to use the software. I wish we'd had something like this a long time ago. As far as I'm concerned this is the new "pocket guide" for Six-Sigma for all my Black Belts.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Littlejohn on February 27, 2006
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I purchased this book hoping it would help me quickly patch some gaps in my understanding of statistics and Minitab v14. And it will. Most importantly, they get that we don't want to take a course, we just want to know enough to get the work done. --- So the book has enough of an explanation to help the reader figure out whatever their working on. Perfect!

As background, I had quite a bit of training in statistics a few years ago. My job did not require that I use most of it. Now, I'm in a job that does, and I need to get up to speed quickly. I found this book to be a good refresher and reference.

Having been exposed to the different tools, I understand them in general but which do I use? The book has decision grids.

When it comes to using Minitab's menus to apply the theory, what goes where when I'm filling in the blanks - How is the theory applied? Added to that, I used some features of Minitab v13 - but v14 seems to be a whole lot different. The book shows screen shots from Minitab v14 with callouts explaining the fields.

And, how do I interpret the results? The book shows an example with callouts explaining the results. There is also an appendix with detailed (but brief) explanations of interpretations in an easy to read table.

The book is better than Shaums outline on statistics. More relevant than textbooks. More concise than my Six Sigma training binders. Even more applied than Cartoon Guide to Statistics. And, really helps with providing details from the formula used to calculate Sample Size to the number of groups that should be in a histogram and Hypothesis Testing.

Just one thing to note: The book is basically the Six Sigma framework with the references to Minitab & statistical tools as relevant.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Cunningham on December 7, 2005
Format: Ring-bound
I am a Six Sigma Black Belt in the healthcare industry. I have reviewed many different books and reference guides on Six Sigma, but I have found this one to be the most straightforward and practical one of all. I only keep a couple reference books in my brief case, and this is one of them. Minitab users will appreciate the examples and screenshots. The example data files are also available for download. I highly recommend this guide to any Green Belt or Black Belt involved in Six Sigma.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A reader from Kent, United Kingdom on October 27, 2005
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If, like me, you are fairly new to Six Sigma, then you will appreciate this handy reference guide. I got back from the training course all fired up, and fumbled my way round a bit trying to remember how to apply what I had learnt when. Then I came across this book, and now I wouldn't be without it. It follow the DMAIC approach in simple steps and guides you through the process. Having the Minitab commands and an explanation of how to interpret the charts and graphs produced in Minitab is also very very helpful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dumidu Ranaweera on June 24, 2008
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Hi, This is a good book, It is laid out in simple style and overall presentation is superb. However, there are many areas that the book doesn't cover. If you are a Green Belt, this is Superb! But, if you are a Black Belt and wanting to learn advance tools like RSM ,full scale Logistical Regression and Residual analysis you will not get anything out from this book. There are many instances the book says, this is not discussed here, which are the things a black belt must know.Overall compared to Rath n Strong book on Minitab 15 and other Minitab books on Minitab 14 this book is better.So if you are a Green Belt Buy it!If you are a Black Belt think about it :-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terry Redston on October 21, 2005
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The perfect reference guide to Six Sigma. I found this book helped to make Six Sigma more understandable than any other books I've read by guiding me through DMAIC with a step by step process using realistic examples and techniques. The author also uses everyday language that makes it a pleasure to read. The screenshots complement the detailed instructions for using MINITAB which I found extremely useful and easy to follow. An excellent purchase for anyone involved in Six Sigma.
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