Lean Six Sigma DeMYSTiFieD

The Smart Employee's Guide to Lean Six Sigma

A teacher once said that a sign of brilliance is the ability to make the overly complex simple. Jay is one of those people who can take advanced statistical techniques and boil them down until he has theory and techniques usable by the common man.

I've been using Jay's products for about 8 years now, and immediately ordered this book as soon as he sent me an email saying that it was going to be released. His book and other learning materials hold a prominent space in my Quality Improvement library.

A. S. Joyce "Certified Six Sigma Black Belt" (Boston)

Are sluggish, error-prone processes costing your customers time and cash? Want to make your business more productive and profitable?

Lean Six Sigma Demystified offers a streamlined and simple way to learn this revolutionary quality improvement method and tools.

Here's my premise: You don't have to know everything to do anything with Six Sigma. As one black belt put it: Why are we sending people to weeks of training when they only use a handful of methods and tools most of the time.

Lean Six Sigma Demystified covers the essential methods and tools that you need to start reducing delay, defects and deviation immediately.

Practical and very helpful. Reading this book was like a breath of fresh air. It's very well-written, easy to read, and uses a down to earth style, with a lot of great humor sprinkled in. It is very different from most books on quality and process improvement I've read. It recommends a pragmatic approach to problem-solving that simplifies the principles from Lean and Six Sigma and uses just a few basic tools to focus on 90% of the process problems a business wrestles with. I found the streamlined process improvement approach which is outlined in the book to be very helpful.

E. Drue

You don't need to be a expert to use Lean Six Sigma. You don't need to know any complex formulas. You just need to know which tools to use when. And the QI Macros can handle all of the heavy analysis.

I found this a great book on practical rapid and minimal tools for deployment of six sigma. Its great from that perspective and has many great tips including my favourites, the 70/70/70 and 4/50 rules of thumb.

It's NOT about using lean tools and methodologies supported by Six Sigma tools and methodologies, which is what I was expecting. Having said that, it was a great and easy read and has inspired me to push for more rapid (but effective) turnover of projects.

Given our target is 90 day turnover, I would like to see how I go with the leaned down six sigma process.

David J. Vize "Beany" (Townsville, Australia)

I wish I could pretend that Lean Six Sigma is really hard, but it's not. A handful of methods and tools will take you from 3-to-5 sigma. If you make it that far, you can go learn all of the other exotic tools and methods.

Until then, just learn to FISH: Focus, Improve, Sustain and Honor.