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The Six Sigma Fieldbook: How DuPont Successfully Implemented the Six Sigma Breakthrough Management Strategy Hardcover – April 11, 2006

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“[Six Sigma] is the most important initiative GE has ever undertaken…it is part of the genetic code of our future leadership.” -- Jack Welch, CEO, GE

“We’ve taken the difficult but basic Six Sigma skill of reducing defects and applied it to every business process, from inventing and commercializing a new product all the way to billing and collections after the product is delivered. Just as we think we’ve generated the last dollar of profit out of a business, we uncover new ways to harvest cash as we reduce cycle times, lower inventories, increase output, and reduce scrap. The results are better and more competitively priced products, more satisfied customers who give us more business, and improved cash flow.” --Larry Bossidy, CEO, AlliedSignal

“The [Six Sigma] Breakthrough Strategy gives new structure to the tools we already had. Structure has been the key element missing in Polaroid’s drive for quality. I keep telling my people that the Breakthrough Strategy cookbook tells us how to use time-tested ingredients in new ways…For us, the results from the Breakthrough Strategy have been quick and powerful.” ---Mike Hart, Black Belt Engineer, Polaroid

“Mikel Harry’s innovation of Breakthrough Strategy has taken quality into America’s boardrooms. While Dr. Deming’s theory of profound knowledge built management awareness and Dr. Juran’s trilogy helped to establish the foundation of a solid quality ‘science,’ Dr. Harry has demonstrated how to make theory become practice at companies like Motorola, ABB, AlliedSignal, and GE.”
-- Gregory Watson, President, American Society for Quality

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The ideal companion to the national bestseller Six Sigma, THE SIX SIGMA FIELDBOOK details the nuts and bolts of the methodology that enabled countless companies to streamline their operations, improve the quality of their products and services, and dramatically increase their profits.

Combining the priceless knowledge and experience of Mikel Harry, who helped to create Six Sigma at Motorola, and Don Linsenmann, who headed DuPont's efforts to put it into practice, THE SIX SIGMA FIELDBOOK presents the tangible tools managers need to introduce and maintain Six Sigma quality at the executive, operations, and line management levels of any organization. DuPont used Six Sigma to help redirect their entire business model, saving them billions of dollars and creating valuable new business. Using as a framework DuPont's successful multiyear implementation of Six Sigma across all of its eighteen business divisions, THE SIX SIGMA FIELDBOOK demonstrates through dozens of examples and comprehensive guidelines how anyone—from CEOs to human Resource executives—can apply the Six Sigma principles to specific projects or problems and make the Six Sigma program an integral part of day-to-day business.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Business (April 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385504667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385504669
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,200,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Geleta on June 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
To non-believers, Six Sigma often seems to be a valhalla, inhabited by a mythic warrior caste (Black Belts) who communicate in a language few can devine.

Linsenmann and Harry take the mystery out of a Six Sigma deployment. They give real life examples with real life people to show how Six Sigma transformed the DuPont company.

This book does not dwell on p values or r squared correlation factors. And that is a good thing, since the specific tools of Six Sigma have been addressed in many other forums. Instead,the book addresses the more difficult question of how do you change the culture of a large organization to embrace Six Sigma. It addresses the organizational changes necessary for success and how DuPont in particular made those changes.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Easy read, enlightening, and provides management a clear way ahead discussion on the long fight you may experience with introduction of six sigma to your organization.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Enderle on April 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Great book! Very easy and interesting read. Explains things in a step-by-step manner with great examples.
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