Commercializing Great Products with Design for Six Sigma

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Pearson Education, Oct 24, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 656 pages
Optimize Every Stage of Your Product Development and Commercialization

To remain competitive, companies must become more effective at identifying, developing, and commercializing new products and services. Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is the most powerful approach available for achieving these goals reliably and efficiently. Now, for the first time, there's a comprehensive, hands-on guide to utilizing DFSS in real-world product development.

Using a start-to-finish case study, a practical roadmap, and easy-to-use templates, Commercializing Great Products with Design for Six Sigma shows how to optimize every stage of product commercialization. Drawing on a combined sixty-five years of product experience, the authors show how to make better product and portfolio decisions; develop better business cases and benefits assessments; create better concepts and designs; scale up manufacturing more effectively; and execute better launches.

Learn how to

  • Establish infrastructure to support successful commercialization
  • Use Stage-GateŽ processes to minimize risk and optimize the use of people and resources
  • Create better plans: Segment markets, define product value, estimate financial value, and position new products for success
  • Capture the "Voice of the Customer," analyze it, and use it to drive development
  • Choose the right tools: Ideation, Pugh Concept Selection, QFD, TRIZ, and many more
  • Develop better products and processes: Process Maps, Cause and Effects Matrices, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Statistical Design and Data Analysis Tools, and more
  • Test and improve product performance and reliability
  • Perform Post Mortems and apply what you've learned to your next project

Whether you're an executive, engineer, designer, marketer, or quality-control professional, Commercializing Great Products with Design for Six Sigma will help you identify more valuable product concepts and translate them into high-impact revenue sources.


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ProductProcess Development
The Business Case for DFSS
Six Sigma Financial Metrics
Project Identification and Portfolio
Business Plan Overview
Market Segmentation
Pugh Concept Selection
Critical Parameter Management
Manufacturing FMEA
Tools for Data Analysis

Identifying Market Opportunities
Defining Product Value
Concept Development
Conducting Customer Interviews
KJ Analysis
Relative Importance Survey
Design of Experiments
Robust Design
Mixture Experiments
Seeking an Optimal Solution
Product Launch and Project PostMortem

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About the author (2006)

Randy C. Perry is a master consultant and program manager with Sigma Breakthrough Technologies, Inc. (SBTI), one of the world's leading professional services firms specializing in Six Sigma and Lean deployments. He has consulted and trained with Seagate, Eastman Chemical, Tyco, Celanese, BASF, and other leading firms. He is a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt.

David W. Bacon, SBTI master consultant, is responsible for program development and training in SBTI's Master Blackbelt program.

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