This business management book is written as a novel to describe the enhanced business management system, Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE). The book, Integrated Enterprise Excellence Volume I – The Basics: Golfing Buddies Go Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard, has been compared to the Goal, a popular novel-written business school book based on theory of constraints (TOC).As the first volume of a three-volume set, this book helps managers, leaders, practitioners, and others understand the basics of the Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) system. It relates the story of four friends who share their experiences while playing golf. They see how they can improve their games in both business and golf using a system that goes beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard.
The Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) system is a set of management techniques that, when effectively implemented, improve an organization’s measurement and improvement system so that there is an increase in predictable and sustainable bottom-line benefits. The IEE system embeds a set of best practices derived from the strengths of past systems – applying structured metrics and a no nonsense roadmap to initiate process improvement and achieve substantial benefits. IEE takes Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard to the next level in the pursuit of enterprise excellence.
Volume 1 of this three volume book series is written as a novel. This book helps organizational leadership, along with managers at all levels, practitioners, and others understand the basics of the Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) system, which helps organizations resolve the following problems, which often occur in business:
- Goals of the business are not being met.
- The wrong activities are occurring because of business scorecards.
- Firefighting day-to-day problems that keep reoccurring.
- Organizational work environments have difficulty translating generic business strategies to their situation.
- Much resource is consumed by improvement projects such as Lean kaizen events; however, there is often little, if any, benefit that is quantifiable to the business as a whole.
- Lean Six Sigma:
- Projects within an existing deployment either do not have completion in a timely fashion or there are reported gains that do not translate to business-as-a-whole true gains.
- There has been a stall out of an existing deployment and rejuvenation is needed.
- In a new deployment, there is the desire for a system where business needs align to the creation of improvement and design projects, and project execution utilizes an effective roadmap where Six Sigma and Lean tools are truly integrated.
In Volume 1, there are four successful MBA-school friends. These friends have a monthly golf outing during which they discuss their careers, while competing for the price of dinner in a friendly golf game. In Volume 1, golf is used as a metaphor for the game of life, which has complexities and challenges, differing conditions, creativity chances, penalties, and benefits. Golf is the game most often associated with business. As the four friends in the pursuit of improvement share experiences, they discover new insights which help improve both their business and golf games.
More information about the book,
Integrated Enterprise Excellence Volume I – The Basics: Golfing Buddies Go Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard, Forrest W. Breyfogle III, Bridgeway Books/Citus Publishing, Austin, TX, 2008:
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