Lean Six Sigma For Dummies


pmwj46-May2016-Barnett-BOOKBook Title:   Lean Six Sigma For Dummies®, 3rd Edition
Authors:       John Morgan, Martin Brenig-Jones
Publisher:     John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
List Price:     $26.96 paperback, $14.39 Kindle      
Format:         Soft cover
Publication Date: 2015          ISBN: 978-1-119-06735-1
Reviewer:     Larry Barnett, PMP
Review Date: Apr 2016



The John Wiley & Sons’ “Dummies” brand has an impressive success record helping readers understand complex, detailed, or intimidating subjects. “Dummies” products may target a unique area of publication, sandwiched somewhere between the high-level, cursory overview and the very complex standard reference materials.

Lean Six Sigma For Dummies®, 3rd Edition fills that unique space of in-depth, practical learning for the rest of us. Lean Six Sigma can help both public and private entities of any size improve their success in meeting customer requirements.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Getting Started and Working with Lean Six Sigma – Authors John Morgan and Martin Brenig-Jones introduce the basics of Lean Six Sigma (LSS), along with some terminology and philosophy. They assert that the customer, not the organization, specifies value.

Assessing Performance – Good data and regular review and evaluation of data collection processes are necessary for process control and improvement. Data collection processes must be continuously honed to leverage the data, by asking questions (What? Why? How? When? Where? Who?). Chapter seven covers practical ways of reviewing and presenting the data, and chapter eight shows how to analyze performance, using some familiar tools and some Six Sigma mathematics.

Improving the Processes – Any process improvement effort involves boosting value-add steps and/or removing waste. Value-adding steps fit an agreed-upon definition. And the “Seven Wastes” help identify non-value-adding steps. The remainder of the section covers prevention, bottlenecks, and Design for Six Sigma.

Design is a funny word. Some people think Design means how it looks. But, of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. — Steve Jobs

Deploying Lean Six Sigma – Successful deployment of LSS requires supportive leadership, the right projects, and the right tools and techniques. Chapter 18 has practical tools and techniques to manage and gauge critical people issues, including acceptance, change, culture, energy, and attitude.


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About the Reviewer

Larry Barnett

North Texas, USA




Larry Barnett has broad experience in information technology, IT Project Management, Business Analysis, and Solution Development and Delivery. His work experience covers a variety of industries, most recently, the Energy industry and Paper & Forest Products. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, from Texas Tech University. Larry is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter, having acquired PMP certification in 2015. Email address: [email protected]


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