- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419526812
- ISBN-13: 978-1419526817
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Design for Six Sigma: The Revolutionary Process for Achieving Extraordinary Profits Paperback – October 1, 2005
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About the Author
Subir Chowdhury is the author of international bestsellers "Management 21C" and "The Power of Six Sigma", which received critical media attention in the New York Times, U.S.A. Today, San Francisco Chronicle, and Publisher's Weekly. He is executive vice president of the A.S.I.-American Supplier Institute and former chairman of the American Society for Quality's Automotive Division. Chowdhury, a young business professional, is rapidly becoming known as one of the best management thinkers of the 21st century.
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In this volume, he carefully organizes his material within seven chapters. Everything Chowdhury shares, directly or indirectly, explains how to use Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) to `start from scratch to design the product or process to be virtually error free." Chowdhury is absolutely convinced that what sets DFSS apart from other variations of Six Sigma methodology is getting it right the first time. If I understand what seems to be one of Chowdhury's key points (and I may not) it is absolutely essential during the process of designing any new product or service to anticipate literally everything that could go wrong with it, then complete the design so as to prevent those defects. For m,e, this is the single greatest value of the DFSS methodology. So viewed, constant verification during each step of the design process is absolutely essential.
Throughout his book, Chowdhury explains why DFSS is (he's obviously convinced) "the ONLY way to achieve Six Sigma," how to formulate an effective DFSS strategy, what various roles are for everyone involved, how to identify and define appropriate opportunities, how to develop concepts during Phase II of the process, how to optimize the design, and then how to verify and then re-verify it. He concludes by asserting that "the real power of Design for Six Sigma is realized as you mature the integration of DFSS into your new product and service introduction process" and promises that those companies "that effectively accomplish this level of maturation in DFSS will command almost insurmountable competitive advantages. The tsunami of DFSS is coming. Ride the leading edge to win the new global competitive race that has already begun."
Those who share my high regard for Chowdhury's book are urged to check out the previously mentioned book by Michael Hammer (The Agenda) as well as Bossidy and Charan's Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, Pande et al's The Six Sigma Way: How GE, Motorola, and Other Top Companies Are Honing Their Performance, Eckes's Making Six Sigma Last: Managing the Balance Between Cultural and Technical Change, George's Lean Six Sigma: Combing Six Sigma Quality with Lean Production Speed, and Kaplan and Norton's The Strategy-Focused Organization: How Balanced Scorecard Companies Thrive in the New Business Environment.
It is a good book, well structured and well-written. Chapter 4, "Identify and Define Opportunity" is well illustrated and explained - the "House of Quality" proves that this is not the "only way to achieve Six Sigma", as it is an illustration of the correlation between the who, what, where, when, how and how much of an initiative - the mantra of most process improvement methodologies.
What this book does really well, is bring home the point that you must design the end of the process - control - to make a process deliver what it should - performance & quality. Improvement for a reason.
This is a good quick read for management that wants a broad understanding of DFSS. However if you are looking for a book with substance and a lot of application info, consider "Design for Six Sigma : A Roadmap for Product Development." By Kai Yang and Basem EI-Haik.
If you want to buy a gift for your boss--you're all set.
If you want a useful reference volume on DFSS look elsewhere.
ASQ Six Sigma Blackbelt
Strong on concept and short on substance - properly applied, this is a good reference for those not requiring substantial methods for implementing a DFSS strategy.
It describes the tools like QFD, TRIZ, FMEA and Taguchi Robust design but really doesn't teach you to apply any of these. There aren't real life examples with calculations so you can learn to apply these methods. The book spends too much on the management side and very little on applying the real DFSS tools.
Borrow it from a library, do not buy for you bookshelf. If you have a backwards looking manager, buy it for him as a gift.