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    Diana Rancane
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    Please, would someone suggest from the practical and professionl point of view, which Six Sigma books are the hottest and most powerful for business solutions.
    Also, I am doing my MBA Final Thesis on topic “Six Sigma as turnaround business strategy for timber manufacturing and processing company”, and therefore would appreciate any help with info, insights and know-how… I would be glad to receive a sample of survey on Six Sigma or other quality intitiatives’s deployment in companies so that I could carry out the reasearch here in my country in Latvia. Afterwards I would provide the results of this work if interested.
    Please, help ASAP since I have to finish my MBA Final Thesis this spring. (http://www.rbi.lv) This is one of the best business schools in Baltics region (in Latvia).
    Which books to buy?
    Is the following the right choice?
    Six Sigma Bundle: The Six Sigma Handbook, The SixSigma Study Guide, Six Sigma Deployment for $119.00.
    Please, awaiting your suggestions!
    Diana Rancane, MBA student from Latvia

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    #81265

    Ron
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    Implementing Six Sigma: Smarter Solutions Using Statistical Methodsby Forrest W. Brefogle III
     
    This is the most unbiased as it pertains to implementation styles and the most technically correct I have seen. It is a must have.
    Stay away from books from companies that have implemented as those are biased to the unique company application and relatively useless ( expect as informal reading).

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    #81270

    Marc Richardson
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    The last time I checked the temperature of my six sigma books, they were all about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. But seriously, the books you mention are by Pyzdek who has been doing statistical problem solving for years. I highly recommend his handbook. The study guide is specifically developed for those who are going to take the Black Belt Exam.
    I also like “The Six Sigma Way’ by Peter Pande et al. There is a field book that goes with it as well. It gives you a structured yet flexible approach to implementing 6s.
    Marc Richardson
    Sr. Q.A. Eng.

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    #81276

    [email protected]
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    What are you most interested in discussing?

    Initial deployment of Six Sigma & various considerations associated with deployment
    Project selection
    Application of the various tools and problem solving techniques associated with Six Sigma

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    #81309

    Edwards
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    If you have never taken Six Sigma training, I would highly recommend George Eckes books. I worked at GE and I always recommend his books when I am teaching Six Sigma Training. They are very easy to understand with a lot of examples.
     
     

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    #81321

    Anonymous
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    Try Juran’s Managerial Breakthrough and Deming’s Out of the Crisis. The rest of the stuff is lightweight and from folks with limited experience.

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    #81323

    Arthur
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    I have read some articules by Pyzdek, and was impressed by is ability to clearly communicate the current realities and constraints of SS.  Only to my own stupidity did I buy “The Six Sigma Way – Team Fieldbook” by Pande, Neuman, & Cavanaugh.  I found this book to be very ambiguous, and could not draw a clear pictures and conclusions.  It could be a result of my own ignorance that I do not yet command an all knowing brain consisting of evey type of management process vocabulary and theory, or that the writers were telling me how much I didn’t know by who much they did.  Either case, my next dollar will be spent on Pyzadek.
     
     

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    #81327

    Jeremy
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    I like Pyzdek as well.  Other books I’d recommend are:
    For methodology: The Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Primer available from the Quality Council of Indiana http://www.qualitycouncil.com, in my opinion, the best Six Sigma reference source available.
    For implementation: Leading Six Sigma by Hoerl and Snee, Six Sigma Deployment by Keller, and Making Six Sigma Last by Eckes, all available from Amazon.com
    The Goal/QPC pocket guides are handy, inexpensive, and light reading, but good quick reference sources.  They include The Six Sigma Memory Jogger II, The Black Belt Memory Jogger, and The Lean Enterprise Memory Jogger.  Find them at http://www.goalqpc.com

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    #146761

    Hubre Coetzee
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    Hi Diana,
    I’ ve read your message that was posted in 2002, regarding your thesis on Turnaround timber companies, bsed on six sigma. Hope it was very succesfull. I am currently working in the timber industry in South Africa.
    Is it possible that I can gain some information from you, regarding your thesis. I would really appreciate it.
    Kind Regards
     
    Hubre Coetzee
    [email protected]
     
     

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