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Getting Started in Six Sigma

ISBN: 978-0-471-66811-4
224 pages
November 2004
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The basics behind the Six Sigma quality control technique
Six Sigma is designed to achieve excellence in customer service and measure deviation from the ideal. It provides a process for placing value on the intangible nature of quality control. The underlying theories of Six Sigma are highly technical and complex. This book is a basic guide to those who are new to the concept, and though this is a complex subject, the concepts involved are not too complex for readers to grasp. Getting Started in Six Sigma demonstrates how an employee or supervisor can implement Six Sigma successfully without having to become technically familiar with process-oriented models or statistical modeling.
Michael C. Thomsett (Pt. Townsend, WA) is a financial writer who has written more than 50 books on investing, real estate, business, and management topics. He is the author of several Wiley books including the successful Getting Started in Options (0-471-44493-6). Prior to his writing career, Thomsett was a professional accountant and systems consultant.
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Introduction: Striving for Perfection in an Imperfect World.

Chapter 1: The Meaning of Six Sigma.

Chapter 2: The Customer’ s Point iew.

Chapter 3: Outside-In Thinking.

Chapter 4: The Nature of Quality.

Chapter 5: Product and Service Defects.

Chapter 6: Improving Process Systems.

Chapter 7: Striving for Consistency.

Chapter 8: Exceptions and Rules.

Glossary.

Notes. Index.

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MICHAEL C. THOMSETT is a financial writer who has written more than sixty books on investing, real estate, business, and management topics. He is the author of several Wiley books including the successful Getting Started in Options, now in its sixth edition. Thomsett has written extensively on quality control and quality assurance topics, and has had over 500 articles published in business, trade, and professional journals. Prior to his writing career, Thomsett was a professional accountant and systems consultant.
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EASY TO GRASP PRESENTATION OF COMPLEX SUBJECT: Six Sigma is complex and technical in nature. Books on the subject assume that readers have had both training in Six Sigma and knowledge of statistics. This book will be aimed at people new to the concept and will utilize the GSI style of making the subject matter easier to grasp by use of technical definitions, numerous illustrations, checklists and graphs. It will not be too complicated for readers to grasp the important concepts involved.

IMPORTANT STRATEGY IN WIDE USE: Many large companies including GE, Boeing, 3M, Ford, Microsoft and United Parcel use Six Sigma in their operations.

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