Lean? Six Sigma? or Lean Six Sigma?
Which is the right approach for effective continuous improvement? While much has been written on merging Lean and Six Sigma initiatives, this is the first book to detail a logical alternative - a no-nonsense strategy for maintaining the best of both initiatives without diluting either.
In Using Lean for Faster Six Sigma Results, Mark Nash, Sheila Poling, and Sophronia Ward lay out the differences between Lean and Six Sigma, define the distinct power and focus of each, and detail why and how to use them together in a synchronized and complementary way. While Lean focuses on the elimination of waste, Six Sigma addresses variability and reliability. Organizations that initiate Lean early in their continuous improvement efforts create culture change, immediate results, and streamlined processes, paving the way for faster and more effective Six Sigma results.
This practical, easy read shows how to choose the right projects, approach, people, and toolset to achieve bottom-line results faster. Readers will benefit from the authors' years of experience implementing Lean with Six Sigma, through detailed case studies from both manufacturing and service companies.
If you are struggling with the dilemma of how to integrate Lean and Six Sigma, or deciding which approach to use, read this practical, down-to-earth book to inspire and guide your strategy.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Purpose of a Lean or Six Sigma Initiative
Chapter 2. The Power and Focus of Lean
Chapter 3. The Power and Focus of Six Sigma
Chapter 4. Lean and Six Sigma ARE Different Initiatives
Chapter 5. Creating the Culture for Successful Change
Chapter 6. Faster Six Sigma Results come from a Lean Culture
Chapter 7. Lean or Six Sigma: Applying the Right Methodology
Chapter 8. The Two-Pronged Approach: Synchronizing and Six Sigma
Chapter 9. Beyond Lean and Six Sigma: From Project Focused to Future Focus Improvement
"Patient safety is a primary goal in healthcare and as a laboratory director, I am always looking for ways to improve service, improve quality and ultimately improve patient safety. Using Lean for Faster Six Sigma Results - - A Synchronized Approach is an excellent resource for blending the best of both quality approaches to reach the goal of improved patient safety. Our goal truly is perfection and this resource provides a useful guideline for both Lean and Six Sigma to ensure the most effective impact on the operation."
--Sharon L. Harris, MS, MT (ASCP) SBB, Laboratory Director, GERI Cert. Lean Facilitator & Mgr. 06/15/06
"Using Lean for Faster Six Sigma Results - - A Synchronized Approach is the most practical book available today to strategically implement proven techniques to affect the bottom line. This book fills a major void that exists between the Six Sigma and Lean camps. I have seen firsthand this approach used to improve quality, lower cost, and increase productivity. Those who are interested in getting past all the theory and want to get on to making money must read this no-nonsense book."
--Skip Steward, Plant Operations Manager, Emerson 06/15/06
"Using Lean for Fast Six Sigma Results will be an invaluable benchmark for all aspiring to implement Lean process speed and Six Sigma process quality to improve services. Simply yet authoritatively written, it presents a comprehensive overview of these powerful tools perfectly coupled with practical experience assessments. An absolute 'must read' for those embarking on the Lean Six Sigma journey and an excellent resource guide for those who already have."
--Mick Chomyn, General Manager & Lean Project Coordinator,, Path Links Pathology Services, UK 06/15/06
"Using Lean for Faster Six Sigma Results is a must read for Black Belts, Master Black Belts and Lean practitioners. This is a book that explains in practical terms how to optimize organizational efforts in improvement of processes using both Lean and Six Sigma. Thanks for the easy read on a complex topic."
--Tripp Babbitt, President, BHI 06/15/06
"Combining a wealth of practical experience and technical knowledge with Six Sigma and Lean, this book is a must read for every leader committed to continual improvement and real growth in company value. The cultural side of implementation has not been forgotten, and the tips for creating a continual improvement mentality as a foundation for success are invaluable."
--George Lee Sye, Author, Speaker And Professional Coach, 06/15/06
"Integrating, rather than blending these two powerful methodologies, thus drawing on their complementary power, will provide companies with that often elusive combination of flexibility and rigor in developing an effective approach to sustainable process improvement."
--Aled Roberts, Almahurst Business Solutions, Melbourne, Australia 06/16/06