Lean Six Sigma Books: DMAIC Step-by-Step Execution Details

This Lean Six Sigma book, in its 1185 pages, provides step-by-step details to implement the DMAIC roadmap where Lean and Six Sigma techniques are truly integrated in the implementation of a process improvement project. This book can:

  • Complement Lean Six Sigma training
  • Provide details of Lean Six Sigma tools usage
  • Become a guide for Lean Six Sigma Certification
  • Provide a valuable reference for on-going usage long after Lean Six Sigma training is completed

This book is an update to the Implementing Six Sigma: Smarter Solutions® Using Statistical Methods, which was published in 2003 and received the ASQ Crosby Medal.

Much of ASQ Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Master Black Belt, and Green Belt body of knowledge (BOK) for ASQ Lean Six Sigma certification tests has originated from Implementing Six Sigma and this newer book, Integrated Enterprise Excellence Volume III – Improvement Project Execution: A Management and Black Belt Guide for Going Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard, Forrest W. Breyfogle III, Bridgeway Books/Citius Publishing, Austin, TX, 2008.

This volume, the third in a three-volume set, describes benefits of the Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) system for

  • Project selection
  • Enhanced organizational measurement techniques

The book thoroughly documents a detailed, step-by-step Lean Six Sigma project define-measure-analyze-improve-control (DMAIC) roadmap for enterprise wide implementation, supporting a true integration of Six Sigma and Lean tools.

This Lean Six Sigma roadmap, which is shown in the Figure, includes an additional drill down of the Measure phase. The reason this was done is that tools were originally placed in the phase that was popular in GE in the late 1990s when Implementing Six Sigma’s first edition was written. The thought is that some of the tools in the measure phase, such as flowchart and Failure Modes and Effect Analysis (FMEA), which were included in the GE’s measure phase, needed more description; i.e., Wisdom of the Organization drilldown of the DMAIC measure phase. Lean was added to this drill down in the 2nd edition of the Implementing Six Sigma book, which was published in 2003.

In the book:

  • Over 100 examples are discussed for transactional as well as manufacturing situations.
  • Over 250 exercises are included at the end of most chapters of the book (a Solutions manual with data sets are also available).
  • Check sheets for each of the DMAIC phases provide a vehicle that the process improvement practitioner can used to communicate process improvement project status to his/her management.
  • Step-by-step progress through the book’s DMAIC roadmap is provided visually at the beginning of book chapters.

Two other books that directly reference and can be used in conjunction with this book; e.g., as a set of Lean Six Sigma training books:

Other applications for this book are:

  • Universities and organizations are using this book as part of their Lean Six Sigma training and process improvement project coaching.
  • This Lean Six Sigma book can be referenced long after completion of Master Black Belt, Black Belt and Green Belt training.

The book covers most of ASQ BOK (ASQ Body of Knowledge) topics for these Lean Six Sigma certification tests:

  • ASQ Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification
  • ASQ Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification
  • ASQ Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification

More information about the book, Integrated Enterprise Excellence Volume III – Improvement Project Execution: A Management and Black Belt Guide for Going Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard, Forrest W. Breyfogle III, Bridgeway Books/Citius Publishing, Austin, TX, 2008:

For additional information about Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) see: Business Management Implementation: IEE Articles, Videos, Books