Lean Six Sigma For Dummies, 3rd Edition – A Book Review
Lean Six Sigma For Dummies, 3rd Edition, builds on the previous edition published in 2012 with additional chapters and updates. The book starts on the principle that for an organization to be more effective and productive, it needs to change the way it thinks. With the combined methods for improvement of Lean and Six Sigma, it presents a guide that is easy to follow and with language that is understandable to help readers get the best out of their teams and organization.
This 3rd paperback edition was published in December 2015 by Wiley Publishing. It is also available in Kindle. It has 368 pages and is about 0.9 inch thick. The front cover displays the title in large fonts with the familiar For Dummies theme and colors. 3rd Edition is printed on the upper right corner inside a red stripe. A photo of 3 darts stuck on a bullseye is displayed on the left lower portion. ISBN-10: 1119067359; ISBN-13: 978-1119067351
Lean Six Sigma For Dummies is for managers in organizations of all sizes and sectors, public or private, who want to improve their organization’s performance by learning how to carry out their jobs effectively. It is for those who are contemplating, have started to implement, or have already implemented Lean Six Sigma and want to be better informed and to actively participate.
What Customers Say
Joe Goasdoué stated that the book should be compulsory reading for all who wishes to improve their organization’s performance.
Camilo Sanchez described it as a basic entrance into the LSS methodology, a great guide for an easy walk around, step by step.
Michael Briscoe stated that the book is an excellent tool for remaining abreast of the Lean Six process towards work place success.
Content, Approach, Style
Lean Six Sigma For Dummies is divided into six parts and 21 chapters. According to the authors, each part, even each chapter, is self-contained, so that readers can start with any part or chapter that they are interested. Those new to the topic are advised to start at the beginning. The first part contains two chapters that defines Lean Six Sigma and its principles. The second part is about working with LSS, particularly identifying customers, their needs, and your process. Part 3 is about assessing performance, gathering information, presenting data, and analyzing what influences and affects performance. Part 4 is about improving the process, while part 5 discusses in 6 chapters how to deploy Lean Six Sigma. The last part provides best practices, pitfalls to avoid, and other helpful tips.
Lean Six Sigma is not a simple concept but the book managed to explain the principles, tools and techniques in plain, easy-to-understand language. It divides, identifies and discusses topics with headers, ample introduction, lists, bullet points, icons, summaries, checklists and figures that all help the reader to understand better.
Why Buy the Book
Lean Six Sigma For Dummies is a great introduction to the concept, tools and techniques of this rigorous and structured approach to business improvement. The book is easy to use and understand, and covers the basic principles up to deployment, and beyond. It remains in the top 10 best sellers under the category of Six Sigma Quality Management.
Books that Complement
The Six Sigma Handbook, 4th Edition, by Pyzdek and Keller is an in-depth guide that contains all the latest developments and reference about this approach.
Womack, Jones, and Roos’s The Machine That Changed the World is about the story of Lean production, its elements, and barriers as well as suggestions for business managers and leaders to complete the transformation to this particular thinking.
John Morgan was a Director of Catalyst Consulting since 1995. Early in his career before joining Catalyst, he was with the aviation insurance and reinsurance industry, where he first applied the principles of Lean and Six Sigma in his role as a Customer Service Director. He jointly headed the Lean Six Sigma Academy on behalf of The British Quality Foundation. As a Director, John was responsible for many of Catalyst’s key processes, especially in product development. He specializes in making technical subjects understandable for people at all levels, teaching them how to apply the right tools and techniques to improve performance. He has authored and co-authored a number of books, including materials tailored for client organizations such as GE, BT, O2 and BAA. John Morgan passed away on February 14, 2016.
Martin Brenig-Jones is the Managing Director of Catalyst Consulting. Early in his career, he held senior management roles in communications systems, software and system development. Before joining Catalyst, he was head of quality at BT, a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a past member of the BQF’s executive committee. Martin is an expert in quality and change management, and a Lean Six Sigma trainer and coach. He has trained over a thousand people across Europe, Russia and the US. He has co-authored several For Dummies books and is a regular conference speaker on topics such as quality, business excellence, EFQM model, ISO 9001 and Lean Six Sigma.