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The power of design for Six Sigma
Chowdhury, Subir.
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[Chicago] : Dearborn Trade, [2003]

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xiv, 148 pages ; 20 cm
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HD31 .C5138 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Even with the best Six Sigma implementation, most companies only attain a Four or Five Sigma level. To attain the level of Six Sigma, 3.4 defects per million, companies need to go back to the drawing board and create a product or process using Design for Six Sigma (DFSS). DFSS incorporates the voice of the customer (the need for quality products) and the voice of the company (the need for increased profits). As with any big initiative, the key to success is company wide understanding and acceptance. This volume aims to convey the logic behind this management process using an easy-to-understand format.

Author Notes

Subir Chowdhury is executive vice president of ASI-American Supplier Institute.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Essentially a simple metaphor stretched to publishable length, this book of business strategy by automotive industry consultant Chowdhury follows the author's bestselling The Power of Six Sigma. Six Sigma is a management philosophy that strives to eliminate errors. But while Six Sigma "focuses on improving existing designs," the concept of Design for Six Sigma "concentrates its efforts on creating new and better ones." This slim book uses a dialogue between two colleagues, Joe and Larry, to dissect Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) into tasks that are easily digestible and endlessly acronymizable. These tasks include IDDOV ("Identify and Define the opportunity, Develop the concept, and Optimize the design and Verify it"), although "in some programs it's called DMADV or DMEDI... but it really doesn't matter. It's all DFSS, and it all revolves around a five-step program," Chowdhury asserts. The author's idea of designing a process right the first time (instead of going back to revamp it) is indeed appealing, and Joe and Larry's easygoing dialogue-they speak in sports metaphors and use common clichs-should please readers seeking straightforward, no-nonsense advice. That is, of course, if they can get past the seemingly never-ending acronyms. (Nov.) Forecast: A $100,000 marketing campaign, ads in trade publications and an author tour will give this diminutive sequel high visibility. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Feeling Flatp. 1
Coffee Breakp. 17
The Crucial Differencesp. 35
Putting Our Best Foot Forwardp. 49
Process Power of DFSSp. 63
Develop Conceptsp. 81
Towards Perfectionp. 101
The Final Taskp. 125
Acknowledgmentsp. 145
About the Authorp. 147