- May 29, 2018 at 7:05 am #56010
I’m looking for some reading suggestions with the following criteria:
-Black Belt Level (prep or otherwise; I’m working as a green belt with aspirations to increase my understanding and become a black belt), with a good, understandable approach to statistics and DMAIC OR lean principles
-Engaging book (I’m not much of a reader – though, I did enjoy “The Goal” by Goldratt as an introduction to principles of reducing waste, theory of constraints, and drum-buffer-rope)
-your top 3 suggestions for books – I want to keep my list small at firstMay 29, 2018 at 8:03 am #202600
Glad to see your interested in learning more! My favorite book isn’t one that really talks directly about Six Sigma, but it’s a great book to help people understand how to apply statistical process control to situations that most people experience already. It’s called Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos by Donald Wheeler. It’s a short book and not written as a text book, so I think you might enjoy it.
KristenMay 29, 2018 at 8:17 am #202602
@aaronolson Juran’s book called Managerial Breakthrough from 1964 is a great book to build your foundation on. You need to understand the difference between breakthrough and control.
The Deviants Advantage. Great book and a good understanding about fringe idea becoming social convention.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fxxx. Aside from an interesting title it helps you figure out how to prioritize.
Leaning Into Six Sigma. It is about understanding you do not have to choose between SS and Lean. You can do both. And because I wrote some of it.
Remember this is about thinking. Not about tools.
Just my opinionMay 29, 2018 at 10:12 am #202604
I’ll second Kristen’s recommendation and add The Cartoon Guide to Statistics by Gonick and Smith. It’s the book I recommend to my engineers when they want to get some additional understanding about basic statistics issues.
You should also understand the value of good statistical graphics and what they are – to this end I’d recommend The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Tufte. His other three books on the issue of graphical presentation are also worth reading/examining visually (after all these are books about graphical representations).May 31, 2018 at 8:39 am #202605
Aaron OlsonParticipantJune 4, 2018 at 7:43 am #202622
If I could only keep one book in my work collection, it just might be The Quality Toolbox by Nancy Tague, published by ASQ, I think it is. It’s not necessarily a book that you would read cover to cover (though I think I did!); instead, it’s a great reference book.
Happy reading,June 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm #202624
If you want to go to the Lean side try the ‘2 Second Lean’ book by Paul Akers.
I highly recommend if you are a YouTube person and want to watch Paul speak, pull up the Iowa Lean Consortium event. It’s an hour+ but well worth it if you do any kind of lean work. His videos make it very real.June 4, 2018 at 8:05 pm #202627
We should all read the classic “How to Lie with Statistics” by Darrell Huff. It’s short, very readable, and it’ll help you recognize when you’re “being led down the garden path” by the way others, and maybe yourself, represent the data.July 30, 2018 at 7:17 am #202868
Patrick Lencioni’s “Five Dysfunctions Of A Team,” an excellent, engaging book for Six Sigma practitioners that are competent and confident in improving processes, but looking to improve team management techniques. Remember that SixSigma is dependent upon teamwork and cooperation, not just raw data. I can second many of the above recommendations, especially Professor Tufte’s “Visual Display of Quantitiative Information.” Tufte also offers one-day courses that may be available in your area, they are definitely worth checking out.July 30, 2018 at 10:02 am #202874
@aaronolson I saw the suggestion for lean in an earlier post. There is a book called Lean Acres by Jim Bowie. It is probably the easiest read and most understandable Lean book I have ever read.
I gave a copy to a young woman who was in Middle School. She read it and then we had some conversations about it. She got it.
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