2nd Edition

Lean Six Sigma for the Office
Integrating Customer Experience for Enhanced Productivity




ISBN 9780367503277
Published March 23, 2021 by Productivity Press
372 Pages 100 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Historically, the integration of manufacturing methodologies into the office environment has proven to be problematic. Part of the difficulty lies in the fact that process workflows tend to be globally dispersed and thus rely heavily on information technology. But in complex service systems that contain a mix of employees, consultants, and technology, standardized protocols have been shown to reduce cycle time and transactional cost as well as improve quality. The successful application of Lean methodologies to improve process workflows is an efficient way to simplify operations and prevent mistakes. In Lean Six Sigma for the Office , Six Sigma guru James Martin presents proven modifications that can be deployed in offices, particularly those offices involved with global operations. Making use of Kaizen and Six Sigma concepts, along with Lean manufacturing principles, this book instructs managers on how they can improve operational efficiency and increase customer satisfaction. The author brings experience gleaned from his application of these methodologies in a myriad of industries to create a practical and hands-on reference for the office environment. Using a detailed sequence of activities, including over 140 figures and tables as well as checklists and evaluation tools, he demonstrates how to realize the rapid improvement of office operations, and how to eliminate unnecessary tasks through value stream mapping (VSM). The book also emphasizes the importance of strategic alignment of Kaizen events and the impact of organizational culture on process improvement activities. Latter chapters in the book discuss key elements of a change model in the context of transitional improvements as they relate to the process owner and local work team. By applying the proven principles found in this book, effective and sustainable organizational change can be accomplished, efficiency can be improved, and mistakes can be eliminated. This 2nd edition provides insight into the new tools and methods Lean Six Sigma process improvement professionals need to improve customer experience and increase productivity within high transaction processes across complex information technology ecosystems. It is one-stop self-contained reference for the application of Lean Six Sigma methods enhanced by powerful approaches for process improvement in highly complex service processes. Several new leading-edge topics are integrated into this new edition, such as: • The "voice of” customers, suppliers, employees and partners • Design Thinking Alignment • Ecosystems in Information Technology • Metadata Definition and Lineage • Information Quality Governance • Big Data Collection and Analytics • Mapping High Volume Transactions through Systems • Robotic Process Automation Applications • Automating for Solution Sustainability • Governing Organizations • Data Privacy (General Data Protection Regulation)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction ......................................................................................... xiii

About the Author .............................................................................. xxvii

STEP 1 Align Improvement Opportunities

Chapter 1 Strategy Alignment ............................................................. 3

Chapter 2 Project Identification ....................................................... 51

Chapter 3 Lean Six Sigma Basics ...................................................... 83

STEP 2 Plan and Conduct the Rapid Improvement Event

Chapter 4 Rapid Improvement Events ............................................ 135

Chapter 5 Data Collection and Analysis ........................................ 167

Chapter 6 Process Improvement ..................................................... 225

STEP 3 Implementing Solutions

Chapter 7 Building a Case for Change ........................................... 259

Chapter 8 Implementing Solutions ................................................. 277

Chapter 9 Organizational Change .................................................. 303

Index .................................................................................................... 339

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Author(s)

Biography

James William Martin is a Lean Six Sigma consultant and Master Black

Belt for 25 years and has trained and mentored several thousand executives,

champions, Black Belts, and Green Belts in process improvement methods

including manufacturing, services, and supply chain applications. He

led successful Lean Six Sigma assessments across Japan, China, Korea,

Singapore, Malaysia, Th ailand, Australia, North America, and Europe. Th is

work included organizations in hardware, soft ware, computer security,

retail sales, banking, insurance, fi nancial services, measurement systems,

automotive, electronics, aerospace component manufacturing, electronic

manufacturing, controls, building products, industrial equipment, and

consumer products. He served as an instructor at the Providence College

Graduate School of Business for 20 years. He holds an MS in Mechanical

Engineering, Northeastern University; an MBA, Providence College; a BS,

Industrial Engineering, University of Rhode Island; several patents; and he

has written numerous articles on process improvement.