Leaning Into Six Sigma: A Parable of the Journey to Six Sigma and a Lean Enterprise

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McGraw Hill Professional, Mar 22, 2003 - Business & Economics - 120 pages
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A brief business novel about combining today's two most powerful quality initiatives

Leaning Into Six Sigma shows managers how to combine today's two most popular continuous improvement methodologies-- Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma--for dramatically improved quality and cycle time.

This concise and fast-paced "business novel" tells the story of how one skeptical company gradually came to understand and implement a Lean Six Sigma initiative--improving quality at all levels of the organization. This engaging story will help employees and managers understand basic quality concepts from Design of Experiments (DOE) to Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), while learning how to:

  • Implement work cells and preventive maintenance
  • Get rid of excess inventory
  • Speed up processes
 

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Contents

Chapter 2 First Impressions of the Plant
4
Chapter 3 Workplace Organization and the Five Ss
13
Chapter 4 The Results of Five S Implementation
21
Chapter 5 Six Sigma Strategy for Sid
24
Chapter 6 Defining Six Sigma
30
Chapter 7 Implementing Six Sigma
33
Chapter 8 The Crows Nest
37
Chapter 9 A New Commitment
46
Listening to the Process
50
Lean to Six Sigma to Lean to Six Sigma
58
Chapter 12 Getting Organized to Get Me Out
74
Index
81
About the Authors
84
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About the author (2003)

Barbara Wheat is the Director of Six Sigma for Ingersoll-Rand Tool and Hoist Division, where she brings the tools and techniques of both Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma together to institutionalize a world-class system of continuous improvement.

Chuck Mills has taught and implemented Lean Enterprise tools and techniques to forward-thinking organizations both in the United States and Europe.

Mike Carnell is President of Six Sigma Applications, one of the oldest and most experienced Six Sigma providers.

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