1st Edition

The Green Six Sigma Handbook A Complete Guide for Lean Six Sigma Practitioners and Managers

By Ron Basu Copyright 2023
    692 Pages 125 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    692 Pages 125 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    692 Pages 125 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    This book is a hands-on single-source reference of tools, techniques, and processes integrating both Lean and Six Sigma. This comprehensive handbook provides up-to-date guidance on how to use these tools and processes in different settings, such as start-up companies and stalled projects, as well as establish enterprises where the ongoing drive is to improve processes, profitability, and long-term growth. It contains the "hard" Six Sigma approach as well as the flexible approach of FIT SIGMA, which is adaptable to manufacturing and service industries and also public sector organisations. You will also discover how climate change initiatives can be accelerated to sustainable outcomes by the holistic approach of Green Six Sigma.

    The book is about what we can do now with leadership, training, and teamwork in every sphere of our businesses. Lean, originally developed by Toyota, is a set of processes and tools aimed at minimising wastes. Six Sigma provides a set of data-driven techniques to minimise defects and improve processes. Integrating these two approaches provides a comprehensive and proven approach that can transform an organisation. To make change happen, we need both digital tools and analog approaches. We know that there has been a continuous push to generate newer approaches to operational excellence, such as Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, Lean Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, and FIT SIGMA.

    It is vital that we harness all our tools and resources to regenerate the economy after the Covid-19 pandemic and make climate change initiatives successful for the survival of our planet. Six Sigma and its hybrids (e.g., Lean Six Sigma) should also play a significant part. Over the last three decades, operational performance levels of both public sector and private sector organisations improved significantly and Lean Six Sigma has also acted as a powerful change agent. We urgently need an updated version of these tools and approaches.

    The Green Six Sigma Handbook not only applies appropriate Lean and Six Sigma tools and approaches, fitness for the purpose, but it aims at sustainable changes. This goal of sustainability is a stable bridge between Lean Six Sigma and climate change initiatives. Hence, when the tools and approaches of Lean Six Sigma are focused and adapted primarily to climate change demands, we get Green Six Sigma.

    Part 1: Foundations of Six Sigma and Lean

    Chapter 1: Quality and Operations Excellence

    Chapter 2: Evolution of Six Sigma, Lean Sigma and Green Six Sigma

    Chapter 3: More of Green Six Sigma

    Chapter 4: Green Six Sigma Projects Management using DMAICS

    Chapter 5: The Scope of Green Six Sigma Tools and Techniques

    Chapter 6: Green Six Sigma and Digital Revolution

    Chapter 7: Green Six Sigma in Manufacturing, Services and Projects

    Part 2: Tools for Green Six Sigma

    Chapter 8: Tools for Definition

    Chapter 9: Tools for Measurement

    Chapter 10: Tools for Analysis

    Chapter 11: Tools for Improvement

    Chapter 12: Tools for Control

    Chapter 13: Tools for Sustain

    Part 3: Techniques for Green Six Sigma

    Chapter 14: Quantitative Techniques

    Chapter 15: Qualitative Techniques

    Part 4: Green Six Sigma and Climate Change
    Chapter 16: Climate Change Challenges

    Chapter 17: International and National Climate Change Initiatives
    Chapter 18: Green Six Sigma and Clean Energy
    Chapter 19: Green Six Sigma and Green Supply Chain

    Chapter 20: Green Six Sigma and Green Transport
    Chapter 21: Green Six Sigma and Retrofitting Buildings
    Chapter 22: Green Six Sigma and Climate Adaptation

    Part 5: Implementation of Green Six Sigma

    Chapter 23: Case Studies
    Chapter 24: Making It Happen

    Chapter 25: Afterword


    Dr Ron Basu is Director of RB Consultants and a Visiting Executive Fellow at Henley Business School. He is also a Visiting Professor at SKEMA Graduate School of Management, Lille. Previously he worked as a Management Consultant with A.T. Kearney and then held senior management roles in blue-chip companies like Unilever and GlaxoSmthKline.