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Utilizing Lean Six Sigma Techniques, 1st Edition

By Tina Agustiady, Adedeji B. Badiru

CRC Press

258 pages | 65 B/W Illus.

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Although most agree that Lean Six Sigma is here to stay, they also agree that learning how to sustain the results seems problematic at best and unattainable at worst. Reverting to the old way of doing things is inevitable if sustainability measures are not a part of the methodology. Currently there are no standard resource on how to be sustainable or on using statistical techniques and practices. Until now. Sustainability: Utilizing Lean Six Sigma Techniques not only examines how to use particular lean six sigma tools, but how to sustain results that make companies profitable with continuous improvement.

The book demonstrates how to use the Six Sigma methodology to make process-focused decisions that will achieve the goals of sustainability and allow organizations to gain true benefits from process improvements. It covers sustainability and metrics, Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma tools, sustainability project management, sustainability modeling, sustainable manufacturing and operations, decision making, and sustainability logistics. These tools help sustain results while keeping organizations competitive regardless of economic conditions.

While continuous improvement techniques look good on paper, the implementation of the techniques can become difficult and challenging to maintain. Without utilizing Lean Six Sigma tools and leading the change, companies will become less and less marketable and profitable. This book supplies a blueprint on achieving sustainable results from high-quality improvements and making organizations competitive and first in class in their marketplace.


"Of special note is its attention to reducing waste and defects with Kaizen and 5S processes, as well as the importance of engagement and education in the workforce. Detailed, informed and informative … will prove invaluable and a welcome contribution to corporate and academic library 'Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering' reference collections and supplemental Six Sigma curriculum reading lists."

—Midwest Book Review, February 2013

Table of Contents

Global Issues in Sustainability






Areas of Sustainability

What Happens Globally if We Are Not Sustainable?


Systems View of Sustainability

What Is a System?

A Systems Engineering Framework

Definitions of Sustainability

Foci of Sustainability

Using the Hierarchy of Needs for Sustainability

Sustainability Matrix

Social Change for Sustainability


Lean and Waste Reduction

How to Use Poka-Yokes


Education and Sustainability

Strategic Role of Sustainability Education


Sustainability Partnership

Sustainability Clearinghouse

Center of Excellence for Sustainability

The Role of Women in Achieving Sustainability

Agriculture and Sustainability

Evolution of Efficient Agriculture

Emergence of Cities

Human Resources for Sustainability

The Role of Technology in Sustainability

DEJI Model for Sustainability Assessment

Foundation for Sustaining Sustainability


Six Sigma for Sustainability

Project Charter


Kano Model


Affinity Diagram

Measurement Systems Analysis


Process Capabilities

Graphical Analysis

Process Mapping

Cause-and-Effect Diagram

Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)

Hypothesis Testing



Simple Linear Regression

Theory of Constraints

Single-Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)

TPM—Total Productive Maintenance

Design for Six Sigma

Control Charts

Control Plans


Technology Transfer for Sustainability

Definition and Characteristics of Technology

Technology Assessment

Sustainability Technology Transfer Modes

Sustainability Changeover Strategies

Post-Implementation Evaluation

Technology Systems Integration

Sustainability Performance Evaluation


Sampling and Estimation for Sustainability

Statistical Sampling

Sampling Techniques

Systematic Sampling

Stratified Sampling

Errors in Sampling

Measurement Scales

Data Determination and Collection

Data Analysis and Presentation

Calculations under the Normal Curve

Managing Sustainability Projects

Why Projects Fail

Management by Project

Integrated Project Implementation

Critical Factors for Project Success

Project Management Body of Knowledge

Components of the Knowledge Areas

Step-by-Step and Component-by-Component Implementation

Project Systems Structure

Project Systems Implementation Outline

Project Decision Analysis

Systems Group Decision Making Models

Hierarchy of Project Control


Appendix: Six Sigma Glossary


About the Originator

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Manufacturing Industries
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / General