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    P. Dishongh
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    I am retiring from the U.S. Navy in a few months and recently received my B.S. degree from Norfolk State University.  I completed several courses in Industrial Management and have read several books on Six Sigma.  I am very interested in becoming involved in Six Sigma and would like suggestions of how I could accomplish this without spending $20-40K on training and certification.

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    #80956

    Cannizzo
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    Most wave training courses nowadays don’t cost $20K (those were the good ole days for consultants). Check the Training Calendar icon in the highlights bar and look for some training in your area. You could also start with the vendors on this page and see what they list on their sites.
    An alternative is to do online training. It’s been discussed in the past, try searching both the site and the discussion forum for phrases like “online training” (sans quotes), “e-learning” and the like. There are plenty of threads with good advice.
    Either way, look for a rigorous program. Don’t look for the easy way out — there are plenty of programs that already fill that gap. You’ll need one of the more rigorous programs to help you build the foundation for your post military career.
    Best of luck to you and welcome to the six sigma world!
    –Carol

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    #80957

    Arthur
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    I just clicked on the SS icon at the top of the page.  The first 6 courses are over $7k.   It almost seems better to buy the top 10 books off the shelf and create your own program.

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    #80958

    Arthur
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    Is there a top selling book that takes your entry level to MBB?  If so what is its title?

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    #80959

    Arthur
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    The most recent entry (currently page 7) was by Charles H on Wed 11/20).  In his address to ” How to be a Master Black Belt”, he sited “Six Sigma Master Black Belt Curriculum and Body of Knowledge” and provide a detaild curriculum.  There unfortunately wasn’t a book title reference.  So if your still out there in e-world somewhere Charles H.  What books would you recommend?

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    #80980

    Charles H.
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    So if you’re still out there in e-world somewhere Charles H.  What books would you recommend?
    Wow – where do you start?  For Six Sigma, I would get the following:

    Knowledge Based Management (Air Academy Press / Associates)
    Basic Statistics (Air Academy Press / Associates)
    Understanding Industrial Designed Experiments (Air Academy Press / Associates)
    Six Sigma by Mikel Harry
    Six Sigma Memory Jogger (Goal/QPC)
    Black Belt Memory Jogger (Goal/QPC)
    For Lean Manufacturing:

    Shop Floor Series (Productivity, Inc.)
    Lean Thinking (Lean Enterprise)
    The Machine that Changed the World (Lean Enterprise)
    Learning to See (Lean Enterprise)
    Seeing the Whole (Lean Enterprise)
    Anything by Shigeo Shingo (Productivity, Inc.)
    The Goal by E. Goldratt
    Critical Chain by E. Goldratt
    This is just a start – but should give you a good beginning.  I’d start with the Knowledge Based Management book, it gives a good overview of Six Sigma.  I’m sure that there are others who can give you some good recommendations, as well.  Write me at [email protected] if you want a more comprehensive list.
    Hope this helps.  Charles H.
     

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    #80984

    Charles H
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    Anything by Shigeo Shingo (Productivity, Inc.)
    After re-reading my previous post, this looks like I am recommending a book by Shigeo Shingo, titled “Anything.”  This is not the case.  My recommendation is to read any book written by Shigeo Shingo.  Sorry for any confusion.
    Charles H

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    #80986

    Arthur
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    To Charles H…. Thank you.  Some of them I have already read (Lean).  I have not read any (SS), but love a challange.    To qutoe Thomas Pyzdek in his recent article ” Six Sigma and Beyond” “Exactly what these “experts” actually know about the subject is a mystery. ” I am anxious to see for myself.  Also, I browsed the web and examined the training out line for Six Sigma Qualtec.  Honestly, I could not quantify exactly what BOK I was going to lean before spending $Thousands.  I think that for awhile, I’m going to stick to books and see if I can derive some correlation between TPS (Lean Manufacturing) and SS.  Thank you again.

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    #80998

    P. Dishongh
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    I want to Thank you all for the responses thus far.  I have read the Mikel Harry book and began reading The Six Sigma Way.  I am very excited about Six Sigma and continuous improvement and hope that once I retire I wil have a position in a company that has implemented SS and is willing to continue training BB’s. 

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