Learning Six Sigma CAN be a painless process! Six Sigma is among the most effective process methods used today--and it's also among the most baffling topics to those new to the subject. The good news is Six Sigma DeMYSTiFieD, second edition, explains it all in a language you'll understand. This easy-to-understand reference teaches the methods of Six Sigma, explains their applications, and tests expertise--without confusing statistics and formulas. In no time, you'll develop the skills you need to solve problems, anticipate customer needs, and meet the demands of the most challenging markets. Filled with practical hands-on advice and essential organizational tips, Six Sigma DeMYSTiFieD provides a complete blueprint for developing strategies, plotting growth, and performing at peak efficiency for maximum profits. This fast and easy guide offers: Proven techniques for building a solid Six Sigma infrastructure Tips for deploying projects using DMAIC methodology Clear advice on when and how to use specific problem-solving tools Essential calculations and assumptions Case studies, quizzes, and a final exam that reinforce what you've learned Simple enough for a beginner but challenging enough for a more advanced student, Six Sigma DeMYSTiFieD is your shortcut to a solid foundation in this powerful improvement methodology.
Your LEAN and mean guide to Lean Six Sigma Ready to implement better, faster, cheaper, more-profitable processes in your organization? Lean Six Sigma Demystified, Second Edition, shows you how to use proven techniques for simplifying, streamlining, and optimizing business practices for maximum productivity and profitability. Written in a step-by-step format, this practical guide covers the fundamental methods and tools of Lean Six Sigma. You'll get details on reducing defects and deviation, sustaining improvements, and achieving laser-focused process innovations. Measurement systems analysis (MSA), Design for Lean Six Sigma, and statistical tools such as analysis of variance (ANOVA) are also discussed. Clear examples, helpful diagrams, and concise explanations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam reinforce key concepts. It's a no-brainer! You'll learn about: The seven speed bumps of Lean Value stream mapping and spaghetti diagramming Control charts, Pareto charts, and Ishikawa diagrams to laser-focus improvements Excel power tools for Lean Six Sigma Lean Six Sigma tar pits Ways to implement Lean Six Sigma to maximize results and minimize costs Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Lean Six Sigma Demystified, Second Edition, is your shortcut to this powerful improvement methodology. You'll also get a 90-day free trial of Q1 Macros software for Lean Six Sigma.
The most important reference to Lean Six Sigma―fully updated for the latest advances This thoroughly revised, industry standard guide delivers all the information you need to apply Lean Six Sigma techniques and dramatically improve processes, profitability, sustainability, and long-term growth. Written by two of the foremost authorities in the field, the book contains full explanations of the latest lean, problem solving and change management principles and methods. You will discover how to build the best teams and foster effective leadership while maximizing customer satisfaction and boosting profits. The book includes coverage of the recently released Minitab 18. The Six Sigma Handbook, Fifth Edition covers:•Building the responsive Six Sigma organization•Recognizing and capitalizing on opportunity•Data-driven management•Maximizing resources•Project management using DMAIC and DMADV•The define phase•The measure phase•Process behavior charts•Measurement systems evaluation•The analyze phase•The improve/design phase•The control/verify phase
Simple Steps to Improve Patient Safety, Patient Flow and the Bottom Line This thoroughly revised resource shows, step-by-step, how to simplify, streamline, analyze, and optimize healthcare performance using tested Lean Six Sigma and change management techniques. Lean Six Sigma for Hospitals, Second Edition, follows the patient from the front door of the hospital or emergency room all the way through discharge. The book fully explains how to improve operations and quality of care while dramatically reducing costs—often in just five days. Real-world case studies from major healthcare institutions illustrate successful implementations of Lean Six Sigma. Coverage includes: • Lean Six Sigma for hospitals, emergency departments, operating rooms, medical imaging facilities, nursing units, pharmacies, and ICUs • Patient flow and quality • Clinical staff • Order and claims accuracy • Billing and collection • Defect and medical error reduction • Excel power tools for Lean Six Sigma • Data mining and analysis • Process flow charts and control charts • Laser-focused process innovation • Statistical tools for Lean Six Sigma • Planning and implementation
The most complete, current guide to Six Sigma “Best practices in Six Sigma are continuously evolving, just as Six Sigma itself evolved from earlier best practices in quality improvement. ...This fourth edition...(features) expanded materials on innovation, strategic development, Lean, and constraint management. ...You’ll notice many references to free online materials within the text, such as Excel file templates that can be used for analyzing projects, or videos that provide an in-depth narrative on specific topics. Additional links will be added over time to further extend the learning potential offered by the text, so be sure to regularly check back into the online site at www.mhprofessional.com/SSH4.” —From the Preface by Paul Keller The Six Sigma approach is being used to vastly improve processes, profitability, sustainability, and long-term growth at global organizations of all sizes. Fully revised for the latest developments in the field, The Six Sigma Handbook, Fourth Edition, reveals how to successfully implement this improvement strategy in your company. The book explains how to define and deploy Six Sigma projects focused on key stakeholder requirements and carry out data-driven management. This comprehensive resource walks you through the phases of DMAIC and DMADV and demonstrates how to use the statistical tools and problem-solving techniques of Six Sigma with screenshots of Minitab and Excel applications. The new edition has been updated to include: Two online quizzes for Six Sigma certification, one for Green Belt candidates and one for Black Belt candidates Links to five videos that walk you through specific processes, such as Minitab functions, statistical process control, and how to read a Pareto chart Fully incorporated coverage of Lean methodologies Find out how to select the right personnel to train, achieve technical proficiency, build the best teams, and foster effective leadership. Improve the quality of processes and products in your organization, increase customer satisfaction, and boost profits with help from this definitive guide to Six Sigma. Written by two of the foremost authorities on the subject, this authoritative resource delivers all of the guidance you need to successfully implement Six Sigma. Comprehensive coverage includes: Building the responsive Six Sigma organization Recognizing and capitalizing on opportunity Data-driven management Maximizing resources Project management using DMAIC and DMADV The define phase The measure phase Process behavior charts Measurement systems evaluation The analyze phase The improve/design phase The control/verify phase
Lean Behavioral Health: The Kings County Hospital Story is the first lean book that focuses entirely on behavioral health. Using the principles of the Toyota Production System, or lean, the contributors in this groundbreaking volume share their experience in transforming a major safety net public hospital after a tragic and internationally publicized event. As the largest municipal hospital system in the United States, the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation adopted lean as the transformational approach for all of its hospitals and clinics. Kings County Hospital Center, one of the largest providers of behavioral health care in the country, continues on its transformational journey utilizing lean's techniques. While not every event was fully successful, most were and every event, including failures, increased the knowledge base about how to continually improve quality and safety. Having made major changes, Kings County Hospital Center is now recognized as a center for transformation and quality receiving high marks from oversight agencies. This volume begins by describing the basic principles of the lean approach-adding value, eliminating waste, and tapping the organization's line staff to create and sustain dramatic change. An overview of the use of lean from a quality improvement perspective follows. Lean tools are applied to many services that comprise the behavioral health value stream and these stories are highlighted. The experts in identifying waste and adding value are the line staff whose voices are captured in the clinical chapters. Insights learned by event participants are emphasized as teaching points to provide context for what has worked or has not worked at Kings County Hospital Center. While the burning platform at Kings County Hospital Center was white hot and while the Department of Justice scrutinized its quality of patient care, the application of lean methods and tools has transformed the hospital into a potential model for behavioral health programs facing the challenges of the present healthcare environment. It is a must-have story for clinicians, administrators and other leaders in the mental health field devoted to improving quality and safety at their hospitals and clinics.
The definitive guide to organizational excellence--completely updated Fully revised for the latest American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/QE) Body of Knowledge, The Handbook for Quality Management: A Complete Guide to Operational Excellence, Second Edition offers in-depth guidance on effectively applying the principles of quality management in today's business environment and delivering superior results. Designed to help you prepare for and pass the ASQ CMQ/QE exam, this authoritative volume also serves as an essential on-the-job reference. Coverage includes: Business-integrated quality systems Organizational structures The quality function Approaches to quality Customer-focused organizations Integrated planning Strategic planning Understanding customer expectations and needs Benchmarking Organizational assessment Process control Quantifying process variation Quality audits Supply chain management Continuous improvement Effective change management Six Sigma methodology, including detailed descriptions of the DMAIC and DMADV approaches Management of human resources Motivation theories and principles Management styles Resource requirements to manage the quality function Over the past 40 years, the quality management discipline has undergone steady evolution from disparate quality assurance efforts to strategic, business-integrated functions. Today's quality manager must be able to plan and implement measurable, cost-effective process-improvement initiatives across the organization. Written by two of the foremost authorities on the subject and fully updated for the latest American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) Body of Knowledge, The Handbook for Quality Management, Second Edition provides an operational guide to the proper understanding and application of quality management in the current business environment. It serves as a primary reference source for an organization's quality program and for anyone seeking to pass the CMQ/OE exam, given by the ASQ. The Handbook for Quality Management: A Complete Guide to Operational Excellence, Second Edition: Clearly defines quality management principles and their application within a cross section of industries Integrates the application of Theory of Constraints, Six Sigma, and Lean thinking into the Quality Management discipline Contains detailed methods for planning, including customer needs recognition, benchmarking, and organizational assessments Discusses controls such as statistical process control, audits, and supply chain management Explains the stages of continuous improvement Incorporates classic motivation theory with more current management practices advocated by Joiner, Senge, and Deming, among others Features simulated and past exam questions to help you study for the ASQ CMQ/OE exam with answers that can be found at www.mhprofessional.com/HQM2
The progression of risk management techniques provides the crucial applications and benefits to all of society. By analyzing the current trends and techniques used to assess and mitigate risks, safer processes can be used for all professional fields, as well as society as a whole. Novel Six Sigma Approaches to Risk Assessment and Management is a vital scholarly resource that provides an in-depth examination on innovative Six Sigma methods for risk mitigation initiatives. Featuring an array of relevant topics such as project management, production scheduling, information systems security, and agricultural planning, this is an ideal reference book for professionals, academicians, students, and researchers interested in detailed research on recent advancements in the management of risk in all fields.