Communication for Continuous Improvement Projects
Winner of the IIE Book of the Month for August 2014
PM World Journal Book Review
Manufacturing companies work endlessly to make process improvements, yet they are often hard to implement and even harder to sustain. The reason: companies often stumble when communicating why the methodologies are being used and how to sustain the improvements. Communication for Continuous Improvement Projects demonstrates how to communicate change, create confidence in the new processes, and empower employees. It shows how to be an effective change agent by utilizing tools that make sense while being competitive in the business market.
The book explores how the proper tools, communication, and management make the Lean Six Sigma methodologies work. It includes a Continuous Improvement Toolkit that is an easy reference for what tool to use and when and how to effectively teach the tools to employees who are not necessarily engineers. Communicating these tools is the most difficult part of using the tools. The author details the implementation of the actual tools that create confidence and explains Lean Six Sigma in a way that will make employees want to jump on board.
Result-driven decisions can be made from the methodologies described in this book, making processes quantifiably better with sustainable results. Extensive and informative, the book takes the guesswork out of the art of continuous improvement through communication.
5 Star Rating: "Brilliant and very practical!!" - April 27, 2014, Emile Johannesburg
"Working as a production manager in a pharmaceutical facility, I found this book practical in the sense that it addressed many operational issues I'm sure we all face in such an environment. This will give you some great ideas for incremental and breakthrough improvements in your plant."
Statistical Techniques for Project Control
Winner of the IIE Book of the Month for June 2012Featured Book, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group for December 2014
A project can be simple or complex. In each case, proven project management processes must be followed. In all cases of project management implementation, control must be exercised in order to assure that project objectives are achieved. Statistical Techniques for Project Control seamlessly integrates qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques for project control. It fills the void that exists in the application of statistical techniques to project control.
The book begins by defining the fundamentals of project management then explores how to temper quantitative analysis with qualitative human judgment that makes project control nebulous but also offers opportunities to innovate and be creative in achieving control. The authors then discuss the three factors (time, budget, and performance) that form the basis of the operating characteristics of a project that also help determine the basis for project control. They then focus on computational network techniques for project schedule (time) control.
Although designed as a practical guide for project management professionals, the book also appeals to students, researchers, and instructors.
"… a powerful resource for CIO’s, PMO’s, product developers, and senior leaders of all stripes. What makes Statistical Techniques for Project Control so useful for all functional leaders is that it is not specific to IT project control. And, for CIO’s and PMO’s looking to expand their scope of services beyond IT projects, you will find plenty of insights to formulate your plan. … The reason CIO’s and other executives should read this book is that it will strengthen your ability to manage and lead the project management office function and help you strengthen your project management IQ as a project sponsor."
Sustainability: Utilizing Lean Six Sigma Techniques
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.
"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
Total Productive Maintenance: Strategy and Implementation Guide
Winner of the IIE “Best Books of 2015”
Published June 2015
Total Productive Maintenance is an urgent need of improvement methodologies especially when dealing with manufacturing companies. TPM focuses on eliminating failures and degradation of equipment, processes, and conditions and increases reliability. Maintenance plans are currently extremely reactive, whereas TPM makes maintenance proactive and proves reliability behind improvements.
This disciplined process helps change industries culture while combining improvement processes in order to be competitive in the market place. The leadership direction combined with data driven results make the implementation of TPM successful without a doubt.
The methodology is combined with Lean and Six Sigma and targets improvements along with maintenance philosophies. The TPM methodologies provided in this book will guarantee improvements and stable operations. The formulas and case studies will allow employees to be able to utilize the tools in real life situations while understanding the methodology.
Design for Six Sigma: A Practical Approach through Innovation: Elizabeth A. Cudney, Tina Kanti Agustiady
Winner of the IIE Book of the Month for October 2016
FeaturesIncludes practical examples of the use of DFSS
Presents 5 case studies for implementing the DFSS methodology
Covers sustainability utilizing lean six sigma techniques and lean product development
Provides innovative designs using DFSS with concept generation
Illustrates implementation of DFSS in real life scenarios
SummaryDesign for Six Sigma (DFSS) is an innovative continuous improvement methodology for designing new products, processes, and services by integrating Lean and Six Sigma principles. This book will explain how the DFSS methodology is used to design robust products, processes, or services right the first time by using the voice of the customer to meet Six Sigma performance. Robust designs are insensitive to variation and provide consistent performance in the hands of the customer. DFSS is used to meet customer needs by understanding their requirements, considering current process capability, identifying and reducing gaps, and verifying predictions to develop a robust design.
This book offers:
Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) enables organizations to develop innovative designs. In order to redesign an existing process or design a new process, the success is dependent on a rigorous process and methodology. DFSS ensures that there are minimal defects in the introduction of new products, processes, or services. The authors have compiled all of the tools necessary for implementation of a practical approach though innovation.