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  • #53878

    Nancy Starke
    Participant

    I am looking for the best book to teach incoming Green Belts on Lean Six Sigma. So far I like The Complete Idiot’s guide to Lean Six Sigma the best out of Lean Six Sigma; Lean Six Sigma Demystified, What is Lean Six Sigma and The Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Handbook. I welcome other opinions.

    #191734

    Stevo

    Nancy,

    If I’m trying to solidify the concept of Lean Six Sigma, there are a couple easy read books that I find good:

    “Leaning into Six Sigma” by Barbara Wheat, Chuck Mills and Mike Carnell
    “The Power of Six Sigma” by Subir Chowdhury

    If I’m trying to solidify the tools and methodology, I find the Memory Joggers work well.

    Good Luck and have fun.

    Ps. Are you looking to teach from a book or just use them as supplementary items?

    #191739

    Douglas E Wilson
    Participant

    As a part of our required reading for our Green Belt candidates, we provide ‘Managing To Learn’ by John Shook and ‘Getting The Right Things Done’ by Paschal Dennis. A personal favorite, especially as a follow up to training, is ‘The Lean Six Sigma Toolbox’ by Michael George.

    #191747

    Darth
    Participant

    Used to give out “What is Lean Six Sigma?” by Michael George to GB students prior to class as a quick intro and prep.

    #191749

    james

    six sigma

    #191751

    Rob Audsley

    I like Creating a Lean Culture, by David Mann.

    #191753

    Nancy Starke
    Participant

    Appreciate everyone’s insights.

    #191758

    Darth
    Participant

    Well it didn’t take long to start the advertising. Robert, glad to see you are back. To remind you and Janet about Forum protocol:

    Do not promote products, services or businesses on the discussion forum. The iSixSigma discussion forum is not a medium for user or business advertising. Violators will have their post removed and could be banned from further postings. Please read iSixSigma’s full policy on promoting products and services on the forum.

    #191765

    Stan Mikel
    Member

    Robert, some fools never learn do they.

    Your stuff isn’t any good anyway.

    #191769

    Darth
    Participant

    Aw, come on FM. It was this kind of abusive behavior from Stan that built the site volume. For one, I am glad he is back :-). If you don’t behave we will have to have J9 come back and be the Watcher.

    #191777

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Hey, hey, hey. Katie is pretty quick there and doing a great job. I would thank Stevo but I’m not getting wacked like the rest of you guys although there is a book that says it is good for innovation (I’m not selling innovation sticks).

    FM those are some ambiguous words. Are you sure you are taking into account how we really like to be treated (not counting the stuff Darth pays for). What is “inappropriate language”? That kind of varies with the situation. Even Darth Live and behind a screen couldn’t contain himself.

    #191778

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    I forgot the book. Forest Breyfogle “Implementing Six Sigma”. The whole thing.

    #191795

    Rob Fioto
    Member

    While not directly a LSS related book, we often suggest “Slay the dragons, free the genie” by Dr. Ben Neiman (http://www.amazon.com/Slay-Dragons-Free-Genie-negativity/dp/0974735701). The “dragons” identified by Ben are actually the typical causes for projects and teams to drag-on and not be successful. While Ben is a bit theatrical, he brings a solid methodology to get teams together, aligned and functional. His Visionary Team Planning (VTP) model is also great for quickly identifying and ranking a roadmap of projects for your LSS/CPI teams.

    The book is a quick read and easy to follow. I’ve tweaked the methodology a bit and deployed it with great success.

    #191800

    Darth
    Participant

    And don’t forget Pyzdek’s door stop entitled The Six Sigma Handbook. And now that RM mentions it, I like to be mistreated so I am only complying with the rule to “treat others as you would like to be treated”.

    #191806

    Stan Mikel
    Member

    Just for the record, I do treat people like I want to be treated.

    If I am stupid, please tell me. If I am self-promoting things of marginal intellect or with questionable IP rights, please tell me [Edited by iSixSigma].

    And there are no good LSS books (sorry Mike). Try Managerial Breakthrough by Juran or Economic Control of Quality of Manufactured Product by Shewhart.

    #191831

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    No problem. We we wrote the first self published version it was a much different time. I don’t want to speak for all three of us but what I wanted to convey was to management that it was stupid to get forced into making a decision between Lean and SS. At that time There were the SS and Lean zealots that were selling the idea that you could only do one or the other. It is as short as it is so that someone could get on a plane in NY and have it read, comfortably, by the time they landed in LA.

    It is interesting though. Regardless of what yo think you wrote people interpret it in a variety of ways.

    Good point on Managerial Breakthrough by Juran. About 90% of the belts out there talk breakthrough and deliver control. If more people read the book they might see this whole thing differently.

    Just my opinion.

    #191860

    Anonymous

    Let’s see if I understand this correctly…you can promote friend’s books and you can insult people but you can’t answer the poster’s question even when pertinent if it’s your firm’s stuff. Just trying to understand the convoluted rules here.

    #191861

    Nancy Starke
    Participant

    Personally I did not feel that anyone “pushed” their own agenda nor tried to sell thier own books. I appreciate the insights. Nancy

    #191863

    Stan Mikel
    Member

    RJ, good to see you back, good to see the old dog still only knows the same simple minded trick. Now go away for several more years.

    #191864

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Robert Jackson: I guess that I see the difference in recommending something that you have a self-interest in and something that you don’t.
    Personally, I rather favor the good Dr. Deming’s “Out of the Crisis.” But that might be rather heavy for a GB.

    #191865

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Nancy: If you are teaching from the book, and you are using Minitab for your statistics package, then I would highly recommend “Lean Six Sigma and Minitab: The Complete Toolbox Guide for All Lean Six Sigma Practitioners” by Quentin Brook. So long as you are using the same version of Minitab (3rd ed is for V16) it is a fantastic teaching tool.

    #191866

    Darth
    Participant

    Boys Boys, lets not start squabbling lest we forget that it was the omnipotent KB that censured the original post by Robert.

    MBBinWI aka Quentin Brook…nice try hawking your book under your pseudonym.

    One of our previous contributing posters wrote a nice book published by Wiley and entitled: “Six Sigma Quality Improvement with Minitab”. Good for stat and Mini stuff and nicely geared for a BB rather than a GB. See, I didn’t even mention Robin’s name and I have no stake in the promotion of his book.

    #191870

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    MBBinWI is not Quentin Brook. I will personally guarantee that MBBinWI is not tied in any way to the books that person suggested.

    I am not sure why Darth would assume MBBinWI was a male? Is that like that store where they check for people who tend toward gender discrimination with that story about an injured boy and some people don’t get it that the doctor is the boys mother because subconciously they associate doctors with males. Is that you doing that Darth?

    Darth – when are you going to sit down and write a book – just a thought something like “The Six Sigma Notebook”. Later we can have the newest BFF come read stuff to you every night in hopes that you will remember something. She will depart every night for at least a week with a tear in her eye and then she will realize you never could remeber well and she will start dating again. That could be a movie.

    Is it a problem if I promote something you should write? That probably isn’t self promotion. Actually in this case it may just be futile. I must be getting close to that 512 KB thing.

    Just my opinion

    #191871

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Nancy – you are not responsible for this. It has been going on for years.

    I would just read “The Deviant’s Advantage.”

    Just my opinion

    #191873

    Darth
    Participant

    Yeah, I know MBB is not Quentin…just messing with him/her/it. Guess the “avatar” or picture suckered me in. Definitely a male figure. I apologize if I insulted MBB but am willing to help with any identity confusion on their part.

    Writing a book?? I do have a draft but it is only 86 pages long. Figure it is too light for today’s readership. Marketplace is saturated with books. If you Google Six Sigma on Amazon you get 3,650 hits. I even know of one that took three authors to write an 85 page book including the index. That’s what….28.33 pages per author. How could I compete with that? Then again, I’ve contributed chapters that long so good idea but NVA at this point.

    By the way, I do like the pic of you. It is less severe than the original one and shows the fun side of you which fortunately is the dominant side.

    #191874

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Not sure why brother Darth took a poke at me as he knows better. But it is good to see the old spark in the forum postings.

    #191875

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Poor Mike is now domesticated, so the chairs must keep all 4 legs on the floor.

    #191880

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    MBBinWI – I told you I like the domestic life assuming domestic=married. I am just not very good at this whole concept.

    You too with the chair thing. It is about time to see if Heather really has video.

    Darth – I would love the chance to read your 86 pages. It would be interesting to see how many of the 3,650 SS books are about stats. I am always in awe of the person that convinces a publishing company to publish one more book with stats formulas.

    Interesting statistic on the 3 author book. It sounds similar to speaking to a production manager. Lots of discussion about output but very little on the quality of the output.

    Thanks for the comment on the avatar (where did that comfrom? It’s a picture. It is like getting a drink of water – suddenly we are all hydrating). Actually you were in the room in Miami at the time. I have some of the pictures with you in it if you want copies.

    #191886

    Darth
    Participant

    I will go on record in support of my friend RM and state that he did not, I repeat did not, throw a chair at the person asking the question. He did get a little pissy and sarcastic but any abuse was verbal and not physical….and frankly well deserved on the part of the idiot questioner. I hope that now settles one of the Forum’s most cherished urban legends.

    #192159

    Chris Schweighardt
    Participant

    I like two: (1) “The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook” — this book contains much of the critical information & tools that most practitioners need, and (2) “Learning To See” — I think value stream mapping is the most important tool (just my opinion), and this books shows how to do it in a very thorough, straightforward way.

    #192724

    Chris Seider
    Participant

    3 for various reasons…
    One Bite at a Time
    Leaning into Six Sigma
    The Goal

    I like Adhocracy but wish it was more story like….It puts many of my hourly GB’s to sleep.

    #195945

    Michael
    Participant

    “Learning to See” by Mike Rother and John Shook….GREAT value stream mapping book. Helps you visualize and identify waste.

    Anything by Eli Goldratt. He is more of a ToC guy but anyone versed in Lean/6 sigma should also be well versed in Theory of Constraints and other process improvement methodologies

    #195952

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @Darth I thought you might want to respond to this since you were so tough on Sheldon. 18 months since @cseider responded. Let’s see how grouchy you are.

    #195953

    Darth
    Participant

    @Mike-Carnell I am currently in Mexico cavorting with DJ so my mellow self is in force. @larry4026 like others will get used to the concept of checking the date of the post you are responding to. Despite what Sheldon said in his defense, there is rarely much value in responding to posts from the distant past.

    #195954

    Darth
    Participant

    Whoops, I meant @lari4036

    #195955

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @Darth That is pure BS! You are to old and cranky to cavort. It does amaze me though how sympathetic some women can be.

    #195963

    Darth
    Participant

    @Mike-Carnell As you know, DJ is a very forgiving mistress and tries to make me feel better no matter how cranky I may be. Of course, I have to pay for the attention but what the heck, I won’t drink the water :-).

    #195968

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @Darth Forgiving? That has to be an understatement. Have a good time – no matter what it costs.

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