Six Sigma Deployment

1st Edition

Authors: Cary Adams Praveen Gupta Charlie Wilson
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750675239
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 23rd December 2002
Page Count: 290


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Six Sigma Deployment provides a thorough understanding of the Six Sigma methodologies and its implementation in various industries. The authors offer practical information for successful implementation as well as what is needed to plan, monitor and steer this business strategy toward success.

The authors begin with an introduction to the Six Sigma initiative by offering a chronology of events from the origin of Six Sigma to the present. This includes the changing view of quality and how companies have benefited. Readers are also introduced to the currently popular breakthrough strategy and learn how this compares to the original methodology. Along with this, the different belts are explained in detail as to what the variations are among various service providers.

Some of the unique aspects of this book include the use of Six Sigma with the various quality standards that are being implemented today, the implementation of Six Sigma in supply chain management stream, and the analysis of different methods used by various companies, the strengths and weaknesses of each, results achieved and finally lessons learned. In addition, an appendix is provided that includes the various statistical or non-statistical tools employed during the implementation of Six Sigma.

Key Features

  • Practical information facilitates successful implementation of this methodology to help maximize return on investment
  • Includes case studies from Motorola, General Electric, Allied Signal, as well as a number of small businesses
  • Demonstrates how six sigma complements the various quality management systems


Industrial Engineers, Industrial Production Managers, Students in undergraduate or gradate programs in Industrial Engineering or Management

Table of Contents

Who Needs It?; What Is Six Sigma?; Six Sigma Deployment Overview; Opportunity; Management and Champions; Strategic Plan; Project Selection; Coaching; Black Belts; Green Belt; Awareness; Six Sigma Success Stories; Enhancing Six Sigma to Deliver Highest Performance at Lowest Cost; Six Sigma Methodology - The Benefits of a Strategic Approach; Six Sigma and Quality Systems; Final Thoughts; History of Six Sigma; Tools Commonly Used in Six Sigma; Training Certifications; Brief Overview of Black Belt Projects


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About the Author

Cary Adams

Cary W. Adams, is a management consultant with over 30 years experience in manufacturing, maintenance, safety, project engineering, strategic development and quality. Over the last ten years he has assisted organizations in the chemical, manufacturing, maintenance, computer component manufacturing, health care and distribution industries develop and implement successful strategies.

Praveen Gupta

Praveen Gupta is a Quality consultant. He has published over 50 papers and articles and writes two monthly columns for Cicuits Assembly. Praveen worked for Motorola in the 1980s when (and where) six sigma was developed. He prototyped the Motorola Six Sigma program while working with Bill Smith (the ‘inventor’ of six sigma). The author has a number of years of experience helping to develop and implement six sigma as well as educating others.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Quality Technology Company

Charlie Wilson

Mr. Wilson is a Consultant Partner of Adams Associates and President of LakotaTraining & Development. He is degreed in Psychology, Behavioral Sciences andMBA. He holds Master Trainer Certifications in Quality and StatisticalImprovement Processes, Behavior Intervention and Coaching, Employee Development,Team Building, Leadership, Organizational Training Development, ProjectManagement, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilitation and PresentationSkills.Mr. Wilson is a management consultant with over 30 years experience inoperations, training, industrial psychology, safety, project management,strategic development and quality. During the last decade he has assisted power,pipeline distribution, chemical, manufacturing, maintenance, computer componentmanufacturing, health care and distribution industries to develop and implementsuccessful business improvement strategies. He has developed hundreds oftraining programs, published articles for periodicals and produced over 30safety training videos. Charlie's speaking engagements have included theNational Safety Council, Texas Safety Association, Associated Builders &Contractors, Contractors Safety Council, National Metals Trades Council, as wellas numerous client businesses, schools, non-profit organizations andparticipation on the Texas Governors Quality Forum. Mr. Wilson collaborated onthe development of a full line of modular formatted classroom and distancelearning Six Sigma Plus training programs. Six Sigma Plus includes Management,Champion, Black Belt, Green Belt, Awareness, Project Demonstration andAggressive Implementation.


"provides a thorough understanding of the Six Sigma methodologies and its implementation in various industries... The authors offer practical information for successful implementation as well as what is needed to plan, monitor and steer this business strategy toward success." Quality Today, April 2003