- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 4, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764567985
- ISBN-13: 978-0764567988
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
With tools and tips for making sense of Six Sigma
Use Six Sigma to improve business performance and reap big profits
Millions of people work in companies that use Six Sigma to achieve quantum leaps in performance in everything from products and processes to systems and even environments. But for beginners, Six Sigma can seem confusing and mysterious. Relax! Six Sigma For Dummies explains it all whether you need help implementing the methodology, or just understanding it.
Discover how to
- Understand what Six Sigma is and how it works
- Utilize the right tools and technologies
- Speak the language of Six Sigma
- Know the responsibilities of team members
- Master the statistics skills you'll need
About the Author
Craig Kent Gygi began studying and applying the elements of Six Sigma well before they were formalized into today’s renowned breakthrough methodology. As a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University in the early 1990s, he integrated these cutting-edge improvement techniques into his coaching of student product development teams. Upon beginning his career in 1994 at Motorola’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Lab in Florida, he was formally introduced to the maturing Six Sigma method. It resonated deeply with his previous findings. From that time, Craig has applied, taught, and led Six Sigma in all his endeavors, including management and technical capacities at Motorola, Iomega, and General Atomics.
In 1998, Craig founded and led a software company to develop computational tools for Six Sigma practitioners. For several years, he also worked as a technical colleague of Dr. Mikel J. Harry, the original consultant of Six Sigma, co-developing and teaching new advances in its theory and application. Most recently, Craig has traded his mountain home in Utah for the Sonoran desert of Arizona to co-found Savvi International and direct and manage its Six Sigma products, services, and tools.
A Master Black Belt, Craig has wielded Six Sigma techniques now for over 12 years, spanning projects from design to manufacturing to business process management. He is also an expert teacher, having instructed and mentored at all levels of Six Sigma, from executives to White Belts.
Neil John DeCarlo has been a professional communicator in the continuous improvement and Six Sigma fields for more than 15 years, beginning with his work at Florida Power & Light company when it won the coveted Deming Prize for quality. Since that time, he has authored, ghostwritten, or edited more than 150 articles and six books in association with such companies as General Electric, Dupont, Bose Corporation, McKinsey consulting, UPS, AT&T, the Six Sigma Academy, and many others.
As a prolific author and writer, Neil’s past work has covered a range of subject matter, including Six Sigma, information technology, e-learning, knowledge management, change management, business integration, TQM, ISO, lean management, and other disciplines. He has also worked with several CEOs and consultants, including Japanese quality expert Dr. Noriaki Kano, and worked extensively with original co-architect of Six Sigma, Dr. Mikel Harry.
In addition to his writing pedigree, Neil has managed communication and publishing campaigns for a variety of companies and consulting firms, most notably, the Breakthrough Management Group, a Six Sigma, lean enterprise, and performance-improvement industry leader. While not working, Neil avidly practices Bikram yoga and contributes to that community through his advocacy and writing.
Bruce David Williams has been fascinated with complex systems since the launch of Sputnik on his third birthday. With undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado in Physics and Astrophysics, he entered a career in aerospace systems, where he first encountered Six Sigma after Motorola won the inaugural Baldridge Award in 1988. Later, with graduate degrees in technical management and computer science from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Colorado, and as a member of the Hubble Telescope development team, he was intrigued by how breakdowns in the smallest components could lead to colossal system failures. He entered the Six Sigma industry in the mid-1990s, when he founded a software company to pursue product life-cycle traceability.
Bruce has since been founder and CEO of two Six Sigma research and technology firms, and is now Chairman and CEO of Savvi International, a provider of solutions for business performance improvement using Six Sigma, lean, and business process management techniques.
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The style is a little too informal for my tastes. It is basically 300 pages of bullet statements, but that is in keeping with the idea behind the series. Also, although a minor complaint, it is littered with overblown adjectives like `astounding results', `unwavering focus', and `so expertly skilled'. Having said that, it is an easy read, and has lots of useful content. I found the basic statistics coverage to be quite good - readable for a novice, but with real content.
The Six Sigma DMAIC stages that are explained in the book are similar in some ways to the steps of a data mining project. The similarities are more than surface deep, but there are differences as well. This book gave me sufficient insight into this to translate from one language to another.
Most data miners could make a real dent in this book on one or two long airplane flights, so given the small investment in time and money, I recommend it highly. If you are new to statistics but need them for six sigma, there are parts that might seem a tough slog, but that is what everyone (including the authors) seems to say about statistics.
There are some issues with typos and formatting, especially in that some formulas are clearly missing, mis-formatted, or wrong (square root signs crossing over comma separators and such.
That said, I spent a few hours reading the book and felt like I knew a lot more about 6-sigma terms and ideas, enough to start looking for deeper books on the subject. For what it is, I thought it was good quick bang for the buck in learning about the area.
Well written, and covers all the basics. Once you read this, you have enough knowledge to understand what six sigma is all about. And can now find more detailed information to fill your needs.