The Lean Six Sigma Guide to Doing More With Less: Cut Costs, Reduce Waste, and Lower Your Overhead

The Lean Six Sigma Guide to Doing More With Less: Cut Costs, Reduce Waste, and Lower Your Overhead


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ISBN-13: 9780470539576
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/08/2010
Pages: 327
Sales rank: 887,112
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mark O. George is a Senior Executive at Accenture and is the Global Offering Group leader for Operations Consulting in the Process and Innovation Performance service line. Mark has designed and supported dozens of enterprise transformation initiatives for Fortune 500 and 1000 companies that have delivered hundreds of millions in economic profit. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company with more than 186,000 people serving clients in over 120 countries, the company generated net revenues of $23.39 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2008. Its home page is

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Table of Contents




Chapter 1 Why Use Lean Six Sigma to Reduce Cost?

Transactional Example: Lean Six Sigma Transforming OurGovernment.

The Alloy of High Performance: Why Choose Lean Six Sigma toReduce Cost?

Lean Six Sigma versus Traditional Cost-CuttingTactics.

Emerging Stronger Than Ever.

Spotlight #1.

How to Use This Book.

Overview of Part I: Process Cost Reduction—a Focus on theTools of Waste Elimination.

Overview of Part II: Enterprise Cost Reduction—a Focus onValue, Speed, Agility and Competitive Advantage.

Overview of Part III: Accelerating DeploymentReturns—Getting More, Faster, from a Lean Six SigmaDeployment.

Part I Process Cost Reduction: A Focus on WasteElimination.

Introduction to Part 1.

Chapter 2 Find Cost Reduction Opportunities in Waste.

The Seven Common Faces of Waste: TIMWOOD.

Using the Full LSS Toolkit to Drive Cost Reduction.

Spotlight #2.

Special Tips for Nonmanufacturing Processes.

Key Success Factors in Reducing Costs in Services andRetail.

Spotlight #3.

Design a Successful Lean Six Sigma Project or Pilot.

Which Methodology Is Right for Your Project?

Identifying the Players and Their Roles.

Chapter 3 Use the Voice of the Customer to IdentifyCost-Cutting Opportunities.

Customer Types and Their Needs.

Collecting Data on Customer Needs.

Getting Specific about Customer Needs.

Avoiding Misinterpretations.


Chapter 4 Make Processes Transparent to Expose Waste.

How to Define the Boundaries through SIPOC Diagrams.

Using Value Stream Maps to Achieve Transparency.


Chapter 5 Measure Process Efficiency: Finding the Levers ofWaste Reduction.

Process Cycle Efficiency (PCE): The Key Metric of ProcessTime and Process Cost.

Little’s Law: Understanding the Levers for ImprovingProcess Speed.

The WIP Cap Method: How Limiting WIP Can Increase ProcessSpeed and Reduce Costs.

Using PCE and Little’s Law to Drive CostReduction.

Chapter 6 Improve Your Analysis Skills: How UnderstandingVariation, Root Causes, and Factor Relationships Can Help You CutCosts While Improving Quality.

Analysis Skill #1: Learning to‘‘Read’’ Variation.

Analysis Skill #2: Digging Out Root Causes.

Analysis Skill #3: Establishing relationships betweenfactors.


Chapter 7 Make Rapid Improvements through Kaizens.

Quick Overview: The Kaizen Approach.

When Should You Use Kaizens in Cost ReductionProjects.

Seven Keys to Kaizen Success.


Part II Raising the Stakes: Reducing Costs at an EnterpriseLevel.

Chapter 8 Think Transformation, Not Just Improvement.

Attain a Proper Understanding of the Extent of theOpportunity.

Consciously Choose a Path to Capture the Opportunity.

Plan for a Transformation Journey.

Leadership Challenges in Leading a Transformation.


Spotlight #4.

Transformation at Owens-Illinois.

Chapter 9 Unlock the Secrets to Speed andFlexibility.

Alignment and Analytics.

A Model of Speed and Agility.

Economic Order Quantity (EOQ)—The First 100Years.

Augmenting EOQ with Lean Analytics.

The Equations in Action.


Chapter 10 Reduce the Cost of Complexity.

The Hidden Cost of Added Offerings on Processes.

Assessing Complexity in Your Business: A HolisticView.

Highlights of the Complexity Analysis Process.

Complexity Reduction as the Gateway toTransformation.


Chapter 11 Look Outside Your Four Walls to Lower CostsInside.

What Is an Extended Enterprise?

Working on the Supplier End of the ExtendedEnterprise.

What to Do When You’re the Supplier: Extending YourEnterprise Downstream.


Part III Speeding Up Deployment Returns: Strategies forGetting More, Faster, from a Lean Six Sigma Deployment.

Chapter 12 Create a Pipeline of Cost Improvement Projects:The Secret to Protecting the Heart of Your Business.

Developing Rigor in Project Identification andSelection.

From First-Time to All the Time: Shifting from a One-TimeEvent to an Ongoing System of Pipeline Management.

Conclusion: Maintaining a Dynamic Pipeline.

Spotlight #5.

Link Projects to Value Drivers.

Option 1: Value Driver Trees.

Option 2: Financial Analysis Decision Tree.

Option 3: Economic Profit.

Option 4: EP Sensitivity Analyses.

Value Driver Example.

Chapter 13 Smooth the Path through Change.

Change Readiness Assessments.

Leading versus Managing the Change.

Upgrading Your Communication Plan.

Process Ownership and Cost Accountability.

Conclusion: Restoring Faith, Hope, and Belief.

Chapter 14 Establishing a Center of Excellence.

What Is a CoE and What Does It Do?

Focus #1: Performance Management.

Focus #2: Replication: Copy and Paste Your CostSavings.

How Can a CoE Fit into an Organization?

Weaving the CoE into Strategic Planning.


Chapter 15 Gaining New Perspectives on Deployment Cost andSpeed Opportunities.

Looking for Focus and Flexibility in Deployment.

Focusing Deployments on Business Issues.

Flexibility in Building Skills.


Chapter 16 Reenergizing a Legacy Program.

Why Deployments Lose Steam.

Building a Steam Engine: Performance Management.

Process Ownership: The Partner of PerformanceManagement.

How to Reenergize a Deployment.



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