Process Improvement Essentials

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Today, technology has become too much a part of overall corporate success for its effectiveness to be left to chance. The stakes are too high. Fortunately, the idea of 'quality management' is being reinvigorated. In the last decade process programs have become more and more prevalent. And, out of all the available options, three have moved to the top of the chain. These three are:

  • The 9001:2000 Quality Management Standard from the ...
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Process Improvement Essentials: CMMI, Six Sigma, and ISO 9001

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Overview

Today, technology has become too much a part of overall corporate success for its effectiveness to be left to chance. The stakes are too high. Fortunately, the idea of 'quality management' is being reinvigorated. In the last decade process programs have become more and more prevalent. And, out of all the available options, three have moved to the top of the chain. These three are:

  • The 9001:2000 Quality Management Standard from the International Standards Organization;
  • The Capability Maturity Model Integration from the Software Engineering Institute; and
  • Six Sigma, a methodology for improvement shaped by companies such as Motorola, Honeywell, and General Electric.

These recognized and proven quality programs are rising in popularity as more technology managers are looking for ways to help remove degrees of risk and uncertainty from their business equations, and to introduce methods of predictability that better ensure success.

Process Improvement Essentials combines the foundation needed to understand process improvement theory with the best practices to help individuals implement process improvement initiatives in their organization. The three leading programs: ISO 9001:2000, CMMI, and Six Sigma—amidst the buzz and hype—tend to get lumped together under a common label. This book delivers a combined guide to all three programs, compares their applicability, and then sets the foundation for further exploration. It's a one-stop-shop designed to give you a working orientation to what the field is all about.

Persse combines the foundation needed to understand process improvement theory with the best practices to help individuals implement process improvement initiatives in their organization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596102173
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/21/2006
  • Series: Theory in Practice Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

James Persse is an IT professional specializing in Process Management, Continuous Quality Improvement, Software Process Improvement, Industry Best Practices Design, and Cultural and Organizational Change. He has held executive positions in the healthcare, telecom, and technology industries, and serves now as a process consultant for companies adopting CMMI, ITIL, ISO 9001:2000, and CobiT. With 20 years in the technology industry and a PhD in Management & Process Improvement, James has implemented successful CMMI programs across multi-industry disciplines. He is a Carnegie Mellon University / Software Engineering Institute (CMU SEI) Authorized Lead Appraiser and CMMI Instructor, and SEI Partner. James is the author of "Implementing the Capability Maturity Model" (Wiley) and "Bit x Bit: Topics In Technology Management" (Little Hill Press).

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Part I: Process and Process Improvement

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Case for Process

Chapter 3: Establishing Your Process Program

Chapter 4: Sustaining Process Improvement

Part II: Three Major Process Improvement Standards

Chapter 5: ISO 9001:2000

Chapter 6: The Capability Maturity Model Integration (for Development)

Chapter 7: Six Sigma

Chapter 8: Considerations for Adoption

Colophon

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