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Taking the SIX SIGMA initiative

The Six Sigma Project Planner offers a management approach to Six Sigma projects. The book is to be used by leaders of a Six Sigma initiatives, to plan and implement prioritized Six Sigma projects.

It guides leaders through selecting the quality improvement projects that will have the biggest payoff, measuring and analyzing a problem, and implementing solutions. The Planner follows the Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) Six Sigma format for process improvement, and enables organizations to take a project management approach to a Six Sigma roll-out.

If you are leading a Six Sigma initiative in your organization, this hands-on guide is designed to help you achieve these results quickly and effectively by treating a Six Sigma project like any other project that must be managed and completed on time and within budget. It shows you how to:

  • Determine a Six Sigma project's ROI.
  • Correct problems in current processes.
  • Develop and implement entirely new processes.
  • Identify high-payoff projects to tackle.
  • Employ breakthrough techniques to develop and implement entirely new processes that meet project goals.
  • Identify stalled projects and jumpstart them or pull the plug before they consume too much time and resources.
  • Perform a process capability study using statistical process control.
  • Establish control and continuous improvement systems.
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