Leaner Six Sigma: Making Lean Six Sigma Easier and Adaptable to Current Workplaces, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Leaner Six Sigma

Making Lean Six Sigma Easier and Adaptable to Current Workplaces, 1st Edition

By Terra Vanzant Stern, PhD

Productivity Press

226 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138387928
pub: 2019-05-16
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Leaner Six Sigma provides both novice and experienced Lean Six Sigma practitioners with a method for quickly explaining the basic tools so that they can be applied immediately to make processes and products better, faster, and more cost-effective independently as well as in concert with the basic methodology.

This book drastically simplifies concepts, methodologies, and application. Whether you are seeking professional Six Sigma credentialing, this book this is valuable because the statistics have been simplified and the models are easily adapted to current workplaces -- even those workplaces that currently involved in a process improvement program.

One of the prime benefits of this book is that techniques and tools can now be applied independent from the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) model to make small improvements. The same tools and techniques can also be used in personal problem-solving. Many other books try to take the science of Lean Six Sigma in a more complicated direction, but Leaner Six Sigma is geared toward business professionals, especially project managers, who are basically looking for quick application of the set of techniques and tools for process improvement. In addition, this book offers up real-life application and problem-solving opportunities.

Essentially, Leaner Six Sigma simplifies the thoughts, concepts, and terms used in traditional Lean Six Sigma programs. Using this book, practitioners can quickly and effectively apply theories and models without constantly consulting large or complicated manuals. The information in this book is simplified in a way that stresses clarity and applicability -- the explanations are directly tied to a specific activity that is meaningful and easy to recall.

Table of Contents

Preface. Part One: The Basics – Making Things Better, Faster or More Cost-Effective. Chapter One: What is Process Improvement? Chapter Two: A Brief History of Lean and Six Sigma. Chapter Three: Agile Techniques. Chapter Four: Project Management. Chapter Five: A Deeper Dive: Six Sigma and the DMAIC Model. Part Two: The DMAIC Model. Introduction. Chapter Six: Define. Chapter Seven: Measure. Chapter Eight: Analyze. Chapter Nine: Improve. Chapter Ten: Control. Part Three: Standards. Chapter Eleven: The Impact of ISO Standard 13053: Six Sigma on the Leaner Approach. Chapter Twelve: The Impact of ISO Standard 21500 – Project Management on the Leaner Approach. Part Four: Leaner Environment. Chapter Thirteen: Leaner Leadership. Chapter Fourteen: Change Management. Part Five: Body of Knowledge and Competency Models. Chapter Fifteen: Leaner Six Sigma Body of Knowledge Outline. Chapter Sixteen Leaner Six Sigma Body of Knowledge Full Text. Chapter Seventeen: Full Scale Implementation of Lean Six Sigma using the Leaner Approach. Chapter Eighteen: Kaizen Events. Part Six: Additional Resources. White Paper: Leaner Systematic Approach to Eliminating Reducing Waste and Eliminating Defects. Summary – Core Tools Used in LSS. Leaner Six Sigma Green Belt Competency Model. Leaner Six Sigma Black Belt Competency Model. Leaner Six Sigma Master Black Belt Competency Model. Leaner Glossary.

About the Author

Terra Vanzant Stern, PhD, PMP, SPHR/GPHR, is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and the principal of SSD Global Solutions, Inc. She has held a number of board positions to include: Chair, ASQ Lean Enterprise Division, Chair, Strategy and Development for Colorado Human Resource Association, Chair, ASQ Denver, Chair, Rocky Mountain Quality Conference and Curriculum Chair for Projects with Industry (who worked placing developmentally disabled adults in the workforce community).

Dr. Stern is a USAF veteran who has written several books and articles on problem solving, process improvement and leadership. Her most recent books, Lean and Agile Project Management and Lean Six Sigma: International Standards and Global Guidelines are available in bookstores and Amazon.com. She has worked with George Washington University, Baker University and CSU developing programs in the areas of practical statistics, leadership and critical thinking. All of her programs are fun and entertaining to the student and draw from several different adult learning theories.

Other publications by Dr. Stern include: Lean Six Sigma: Practical Bodies of Knowledge, HR Concepts for Project Managers, Leaders Asleep at the Wheel and her dissertation: “The Paradox of Corporate Darwinism – Why the Fittest Don’t Always Succeed in Corporate America.” Current Clients/Partners of SSD Global Solutions include TVA, SCE, AHOLD, Jefferson County, Colorado, NG, and Fidelity. Recent partnerships include Cross Knowledge, Francis & Taylor Publishing, New Horizons Learning Centers and IT Pro TV. Dr. Stern also offers personal business coaching as well as training for middle managers interested in making the next step to the “C” Suite. Although this is a confidential service, she can provide one-on-one references from successful clients.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industrial Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management