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Lean Six Sigma for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
A Practical Guide

ISBN 9781482260083
Published May 18, 2016 by CRC Press
215 Pages - 53 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

It is no secret that Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is not as popular with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as it is with larger ones. However, many SMEs are suppliers to larger entities who are pushing for superior quality and world-class process efficiencies from suppliers.

Lean Six Sigma for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: A Practical Guide
provides a roadmap for the successful implementation and deployment of LSS in SMEs. It includes five real-world case studies that demonstrate how LSS tools have been successfully integrated into LSS methodology. Simplifying the terminology and methodology of LSS, this book makes the implementation process accessible.

  • Supplies a general introduction to continuous improvement initiatives in SMEs
  • Identifies the key phases in the introduction and development of LSS initiatives within an SME
  • Details the most powerful LSS tools and techniques that can be used in an SME environment
  • Provides tips on how to make the project selection process more successful

This book covers the fundamental challenges and common pitfalls that can be avoided with successful introduction and deployment of LSS in the context of SMEs. Systematically guiding you through the application of the Six Sigma methodology for problem solving, the book devotes separate chapters to the most appropriate tools and techniques that can be useful in each stage of the methodology.

Keeping the required math and statistics to a minimum, this practical guide will help you to deploy LSS as your prime methodology for achieving and sustaining world-class efficiency and effectiveness of critical business processes.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Definition of SMEs
SMEs’ Contribution to World Economy
Characteristics of SMEs
SMEs versus Larger Firms

Continuous Improvement Initiatives in SMEs
What is Continuous Improvement?
Continuous Improvement Practices in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Critical Success Factors in the Implementation of CI Practices in SMEs
Leadership for CI
Sustainability of CI Initiatives

Lean Six Sigma
What is Lean Production System?
Key Principles of Lean Production System
Benefits of Lean Production System
What is Six Sigma?
Some Common Myths of Six Sigma
An Overview of Six Sigma Methodology
Benefits of Six Sigma
Some Pros and Cons of Lean and Six Sigma
Why Lean Six Sigma?
Benefits of Lean Six Sigma
Challenges in the Implementation of Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma Road Map for SMEs
Readiness Factors for the Successful Introduction of LSS
Lean Six Sigma Implementation Infrastructure
A Road Map for Implementing Lean Six Sigma
Managerial Implications

Lean and Six Sigma Metrics
Introduction to Common Metrics of Lean
Introduction to Common Metrics of Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma Metrics
Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Six Sigma Methodology
Define Phase
Measure Phase
Analyze Phase
Improve Phase
Control Phase

Basic and Advanced Tools of Lean and Six Sigma for SMEs
Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs and Customer
Value Stream Mapping
5S Practice
Single Minute Exchange of Dies
Visual Management
Standard Operating Procedures
Cause and Effect Analysis
Pareto Analysis
Scatter Diagram and Correlation Analysis
Control Charts
Run Charts
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
Voice of the Customer Analysis
CTQs and a CTQ Tree
Project Charter
Hypothesis Tests
Regression Analysis
Kanban System
Poka-Yoke (mistake proofing)
Root Cause Analysis or 5 Whys Analysis
Design of Experiments
Process Mapping
Measurement System Analysis
Solution Selection Matrix

LSS Project Selection
What is an LSS project?
Project Selection and Prioritization
Management of Project Reviews
Some Tips for Making Your LSS Projects Successful

Industrial Case Studies of Lean Six Sigma
Case Study 1: Application of Six Sigma Methodology in a Small-Scale Foundry Industry
Case Study 2: Application of Six Sigma Methodology in Road Construction for Wind Turbine Installation
Case Study 3: Application of Six Sigma Methodology to Reduce the Rejection and Rework in an Automobile Supplier Company
Case Study 4: Application of Value Stream Mapping in a Camshaft Manufacturing Organization
Case Study 5: An Application of Lean Six Sigma to a Die Casting Process



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Jiju Antony is recognized worldwide as a leader in Six Sigma methodology for achieving and sustaining process excellence. He founded the Centre for Research in Six Sigma and Process Excellence (CRISSPE) in 2004, establishing the first research centre in Europe in the field of Six Sigma. Professor Antony has successfully completed a BE in mechanical engineering from the University of Kerala (South India), an MSc in industrial engineering from the National University of Ireland, Ireland, and a PhD in quality engineering from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

S. Vinodh is an assistant professor in the Production Engineering Department of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. Dr. Vinodh completed his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India; and master’s degree in production engineering and PhD in mechanical engineering at Anna University, Chennai, India.

E.V. Gijo has worked as a faculty member in the Statistical Quality Control and Operations Research Division of the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India for the last 17 years. Dr. Gijo has successfully completed an MSc in statistics at M.G. University (Kerala), an M. Tech. in quality, reliability and operations research at the Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata) and a PhD in statistics at M.G. University (Kerala).


"... it constitutes a valuable addition to the Lean Six Sigma literature that is often focused on the needs of large multinational corporations. ... Lean Six Sigma is not only for large corporations and this book proves it...an excellent reference text for running continuous improvements in small and medium organizations."
—Alessandro Laureani, Master Black Belt, Google, Republic of Ireland

"The book is intended for senior managers, middle managers and people on the shop floor who are preparing to become lean Six Sigma deployment champions, green belts and yellow belts. The authors provide a road map for small and medium-sized enterprises, detail metrics and the wide variety of available tools, take the reader through project selection and provide five case studies.
The projects chosen are a small-scale foundry, an automobile supplier, die-casting process, a camshaft manufacturing organization in India and a lean Six Sigma application to road construction for wind turbine installation, also in India.
So don’t let your organization’s small size deter you. Lean Six Sigma can reduce defect and rework in any enterprise."
ISE Magazine, Book of the Month, November 2016 Issue

"This practical guide, keeping the required math and statistics to a minimum, covers the fundamental challenges and common pitfalls that can be avoided with the successful introduction and deployment of LSS in the context of SMEs.
At the end of this book five different case studies are presented that clarify, with the use of real data, metrics, pictures and tables and diagrams, how LSS can really improve the business of SMEs achieving concrete positive results.
All in all, this practical guide is suggested for industrial management students and company managers who need to improve their practical knowledge of Lean Six Sigma in SMEs. The language, the examples and the organization of this book help people who have only a general knowledge about Lean Six Sigma concept to go in depth in this practice."
Alessandro Perini, Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations March 2017 Issue