General Electric's Six Sigma Revolution: How General Electric and Others Turned Process Into Profits

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Applying this revolutionary management strategy to drive positive change in an organization
Currently exploding onto the American business scene, the Six Sigma methodology fuels improved effectiveness and efficiency in an organization; according to General Electric's Jack Welch, it's the "most important initiative [they] have ever undertaken." Written by the consultant to GE Capital who helped implement Six Sigma at GE and GE's General Manager of e-Commerce, Making Six Sigma Last offers businesses the tools they need to make Six Sigma work for them--and cultivate long-lasting, positive results. Successful Six Sigma occurs when the technical and cultural components of change balance in an organization; this timely, comprehensive book is devoted to the cultural component of implementing Six Sigma, explaining how to manage it to maintain that balance. The authors address how to create the need for Six Sigma; diagnose the four types of resistance to Six Sigma and how to overcome them; manage the systems and structures; and lead a Six Sigma initiative. This book applies the Six Sigma approach to business operations across the organization--unlike other titles that focus on product development. Plus, it provides strategies, tactics, and tools to improve profitability by centering on the relationship between product defects and product yields, reliability, costs, cycle time, and schedule.
George Eckes (Superior, CO) is the founder and principal consultant for Eckes & Associates. His clients include GE Capital, Pfizer, Westin, Honeywell, and Volvo. Eckes has published numerous papers on the topic of performance improvement and is the author of The Six Sigma Revolution: How General Electric and Others Turned Process into Profits (0-471-38822-X) (Wiley).

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THE SIX SIGMA REVOLUTION

It boosted productivity and increased profits for such top-shelf companies as General Electric, AlliedSignal, and Motorola. It is a way of life for managers driven to create world-class organizations. Its quantitative approach fuels effectiveness and efficiency--and has made it the most popular quality improvement methodology in history. How can you put the awesome power of Six Sigma to work for your organization?

The Six Sigma Revolution shows managers and implementers how to create and sustain a Six Sigma initiative in any organization. This hands-on resource explains how and why Six Sigma is superior to other quality improvement methods. Unlike other books on this topic, it lays out the strategic component of Six Sigma and demonstrates how to create the infrastructure for its successful implementation in any company of any size.

Simple but detailed Six Sigma tactics drive improved effectiveness, efficiency, and profits. This easy-to-use, step-by-step guide describes these powerful tactics and shows managers how to:
* Create charter teams to work on processes that directly impact strategic objectives
* Calculate sigma at the process level
* Create specific, measurable problem statements for project teams to solve
* Use analysis and improvement tools to optimize sigma performance
* Transfer an improved process and sustain it over time

Recognizing the need to manage cultural change connected with the initiative, this book helps you make the transition to managing with facts and data; diagnose and overcome four major types of resistance; and create a business quality management counsel to ensure the success of the initiative. Finally, you'll discover the ten ways in which Six Sigma initiatives can fail and how to avoid or overcome them to become another Six Sigma success story.

Filled with real-world case studies that illustrate the right and wrong ways to implement Six Sigma, as well as dozens of helpful charts and tables that help you track your progress, this practical guide makes for fast, easy reading that will help you transform your organization from an also-ran to the leader of the pack.

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"In The Six Sigma Revolution, George communicates the principles of Six Sigma to audiences at every level and enables an immediate understanding of what is for many an intimidating field."-Ross Leher, Chairman and CEO RWI Interactive Information Services

"The Six Sigma Revolution is a powerful profit-building tool and an indispensable resource for leaders wanting to drive lasting improvement."-Mike Delaney, Senior Vice President Marketing and Strategic Planning Unifi, Inc.

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Verlag: John Wiley & Sons, (2001)
ISBN 10: 047138822X ISBN 13: 9780471388227
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Buchbeschreibung John Wiley & Sons, 2001. Pappband mit Schutzumschlag. Auflage: 1. 274 Seiten Kanten gering bestossen /// Standort Wimregal ISS-28665 ISBN 9780471388227 m/' Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 581. Artikel-Nr. 193135

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