Sustainability

Sustainability: Utilizing Lean Six Sigma Techniques

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  • Presents the application of Six-Sigma methodology as a viable path for achieving the goals of sustainability
  • Defines and discusses the different areas of sustainability
  • Addresses the multitude of issues and factors associated with sustainability with a systems view
  • Covers reducing waste and defects with Kaizen and 5s processes
  • Discusses the importance of engagement and education in the workforce
  • Details how Six Sigma produces data driven results through management support of the initiatives

Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Global Issues in Sustainability
Transportation
Inventory
Motion
Waiting
Overprocessing
Areas of Sustainability
What Happens Globally if We Are Not Sustainable?
References

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
References

Lean and Waste Reduction
How to Use Poka-Yokes
References

Education and Sustainability

Strategic Role of Sustainability Education
University-Industry
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
References

Six Sigma for Sustainability
Project Charter
SIPOC
Kano Model
CTQ
Affinity Diagram
Measurement Systems Analysis
Variation
Process Capabilities
Graphical Analysis
Process Mapping
Cause-and-Effect Diagram
Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
Hypothesis Testing
ANOVA
Correlation
Simple Linear Regression
Theory of Constraints
Single-Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)
TPM—Total Productive Maintenance
Design for Six Sigma
Control Charts
Control Plans
References

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
References

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
References
Appendix: Six Sigma Glossary
Index

Editorial Reviews

"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

 
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