1st Edition

Driving Strategy to Execution Using Lean Six Sigma A Framework for Creating High Performance Organizations

By Gerhard Plenert, Tom Cluley Copyright 2012
    248 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Many organizations develop strategic plans that gather dust on bookshelves. Many other organizations employ Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to eliminate waste and reduce process variation only to find they are not moving the big bars that measure success for the organization. Driving Strategy to Execution Using Lean Six Sigma: A Framework for Creating High Performance Organizations details a framework for leveraging an organization’s Lean Six Sigma capability in a manner that drives their strategic plans to execution by linking their strategy deployment into the fabric of their day-to-day operations.

    Bolstered by real-world examples of successful strategy execution, leveraging, and Six Sigma, the book provides:

    • An organizational framework for understanding the strategic process
    • A model to follow in developing and executing short-range (5 years out) strategies
    • A model for longer-range visioning, scenario modeling, and strategy execution
    • An assessment tool for measuring an organization’s transformation to high performance

    The framework provides a proven methodology that takes a systems approach to creating high performance. It presents the core process of strategy development and SA&D with the governing process of driving the right metrics through a balanced scorecard approach focused on the organization’s value stream. It then combines this with the enabling process of change management and the creation of a culture of problem solving, waste elimination, and internal discipline to standard work.

    Anyone can write a book on the procedures behind "Strategy" without understanding the key drivers that give a strategy excitement, commitment, and fire. Here, Gerhard Plenert and Tom Cluley do more than that. First, they examine how to make a strategy meaningful and powerful. Then, they underline the critical piece to strategy development—the execution piece—which takes the glossy strategy brochure off the shelf and makes a usable and executable plan. The book focuses on how to build great strategies and includes examples of what makes them great. It demonstrates how a well-developed strategy generates excitement within an organization, offering you the tools to navigate and design a workable and achievable plan for success for your organization.

    Organizational Framework
    Current and Future Organizational Trends
    The Role of Strategy in Organizing Change
    Strategic Models - A Plethora of Options
    The Strategic Process

    Organization Performance Model
    Direction and Orientation of the Organization
    Strategy Alignment and Deployment (SA&D) / Strategy Execution
    Organizational Performance Measures
    An Integrated Strategic Model

    Executing the Strategy
    Visioning / Scenario Modeling
    Vision / Mission / Customer Identification / Priorities / End State / Goals
    Priority Based Strategies/ Metrics that Measure / Tasks
    Governance / Performance Reviews / Cascading / Communication
    Moving the Needle by Executing Lean / Six Sigma
    Repeating the Strategic Cycle

    World Class Strategy Status
    Defining and Establishing World Class Status
    Summary and Conclusions


    Gerhard Plenert is Senior Strategy and Lean Consultant at MainStream GS, LLC, Carmichael, CA. He has over 25 years of professional experience in strategy and change management consulting including work on Lean and six sigma methods.

    Tom Cluley is Chief Operations Partner at MainStream GS, LLC, Carmichael, CA. He leads a team of professional management consultants working with commercial organizations and various major commands of the US Air Force, the US Navy, and Public Sector Agencies helping to develop and execute their strategies leveraging Lean Six Sigma tools and methods.